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First Aid Kit Checklist

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A well stocked first aid kit is a vital part of your disaster planning, so make sure that you keep up to date with yours, replacing stuff as you use it or it goes out of date. Make sure that it’s easily accessible and everybody knows where it is, you never know when a disaster could strike.

Basic First Aid Kit Supplies

  • Adhesive tape – and plenty of it
  • Antibiotic ointment – you never know when you might need it
  • Antiseptic solution or those wet wipe towelette type things
  • Bandages – of assorted types and sizes
  • Instant cold packs – come in really handy in a hurry
  • Gloves – disposable latex ones are vital in some situations, make sure that there are at least a couple of pairs in your first aid kid
  • Duct tape – what can’t you do with duct tape? Answers on a postcard . . . only joking!
  • Gauze – pads and rolls, assorted lengths and sizes
  • First-aid instruction manual – just to be sure that you know how to use the stuff and what to do
  • Petroleum jelly or some other type of lubricant
  • Plastic bags so that you can safely dispose of contaminated materials
  • Safety pins – or clips in assorted sizes
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Soap, or alternatively some of that instant hand sanitizing stuff
  • Saline solution
  • Thermometer – keeping an eye on your temperature is vital sometimes during an emergency situation
  • Triangular bandage – for making slings

First Aid Kit Medication

  • Aloe vera gel – nice and soothing
  • Activated charcoal gas – this should only be used if you are so instructed by a poison control center
  • Anti-diarrhea medicines
  • Antihistamines – over the counter ones are fine
  • Pain relief like aspirins or other, child safe alternatives
  • Calamine lotion – so cooling
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Personal prescription medicines which don’t need to be kept in the refrigerator
  • Auto-injector like EpiPen or Twinject . . . only if these are prescribed by your doctor
  • Medicine cup, spoon and syringe

Other Emergency Disaster Supplies

  • List of emergency telephone numbers – great place to keep it handy, remember the doctor, local emergency services, regional poison control center, pediatrician etc
  • Medical history forms – one for every member of the family
  • Medical consent forms – again, one for every member of the family
  • Flashlight with extra batteries – if you have a waterproof one, all the better
  • Matches and candles
  • Sunscreen
  • Emergency space blanket – these take up surprisingly little room yet offer surprising amounts of heat
  • First aid instruction manual – I know I’m repeating myself with this, but that ‘cos I don’t want you to forget it


 

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