Must Haves for Your First Aid Kit

Accidents are unpredictable and seem to happen when you least expect them. Having a well-stocked first aid kit is essential, especially when it comes to young children. Items listed below are a starting point for you to explore other important tools to add to your first aid kit. Take time each month to inspect your first aid kit to ensure all items are stocked and not outdated. Keeping a list of all items, the expected quantities, and expiration dates inside the kit can make it easier to manage. Over time you can add items you find beneficial to your environment and experiences.

Must Haves for Your First Aid Kit

  1. Non-latex gloves to protect against the spread of infection
  2. Sterile dressings for wounds including:
    • Absorbent gauze pads and gauze wrap
    • Adhesive tape
    • Adhesive bandages in multiple sizes
  3. Antiseptic wipes or alcohol wipes to clean wounds
  4. Topical ointments:
    • Antibiotic ointment for open wounds
    • Hydrocortisone cream for insect bites and poison ivy
    • Aloe Vera Gel or other topical burn cream
    • Petroleum Jelly
  5. Oral Medications:
    • Acetaminophen for pain and fever
      • Do not use aspirin for young children with fever due to risk of Reye’s Syndrome
    • Antacid therapy
    • Anti-diarrheal medication
  6. Instant cold compresses or ice packs for bee stings and bruises
  7. Thermometer to check for fevers
  8. Pocket mask or other barrier devices for administering CPR
  9. Scissors to cut bandages
  10. Tweezers for splinters and tick bites
  11. List of emergency contact numbers including local poison control

Accidents are inevitable. Whether someone gets a cut, burn, or bee sting, it is important to be well prepared. If you don’t already have a first aid kit, this list can be a starting point for making your own for life’s unpredictable accidents. As always, feel free to contact us for more information on how to stay prepared for yourself and your church.

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