First Aid Kit Checklist

First Aid Kit Checklist


What Should I Put in my First Aid Kit?

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. Be sure to replace items as you use them or as they expire. You should check your first aid kit at least once per year to make sure nothing has expired.

Ensure your family knows where it is and that it is in an easily accessible place. After all, you never know when a disaster might strike.


Basic First Aid Kit Supplies

  • Adhesive Tape
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Antiseptic Solution or Alcohol Wipes
  • Bandages (of assorted types and sizes)
  • Instant Cold Packs (in case ice is not available)
  • Gloves (disposable latex ones are vital in some situations so make sure that there are at least a couple of pairs in your first aid kid)
  • Duct Tape
  • Gauze (pads and rolls of assorted lengths and sizes)
  • First-aid Instruction Manual (if you lose access to the Internet, it’s helpful to have a book)
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Plastic Bags (so you can safely dispose of contaminated materials)
  • Safety Pins
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Soap and/or Hand Sanitizer (learn how to make your own hand sanitizer here)
  • Saline Solution
  • Thermometer (keeping an eye on your temperature in case of illness or fever is important)
  • Triangular Bandages (for making slings in case of broken wrists or arms)


First Aid Kit Medication

  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Activated Charcoal (used in case of poisoning; only use if directed by a poison control center)
  • Anti-Diarrhea Medicines
  • Antihistamines
  • Pain Relief (Advil, ibuprofen, Tylenol)
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Rehydration Medication
  • Personal Prescription Medications
  • EpiPen or Twinject (if you need one for health reasons)
  • Medicine Cup, Spoon, and Syringe


Other Emergency Disaster Supplies

  • Emergency Telephone Numbers (include numbers like your doctor’s office, local emergency services, poison control center, pediatrician, etc.)
  • Medical History Forms (for every member of the family)
  • Medical Consent Forms (for every member of the family)
  • Veterinary History Forms (for your pets)
  • Flashlight with Extra Batteries
  • Matches and Candles
  • Sunscreen
  • Emergency Space Blanket (in case of extreme cold as it reflects up to 90 percent of body heat in survival situations)
  • First Aid Instruction Manual

Pre-Made First Aid Kits

There are a number of pre-made first aid kits available online for purchase. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of putting together a kit yourself, consider one of these options: