Here is a first aid kit contents list that you use to make sure you've got all the necessary supplies at home for when you need them.
You'll find the printable version below, as you scroll down, but you can read what supplies you'll need to keep for your home kit right here.
The list is meant to be a guide for you, a checklist of sorts, to help you remember what you may need and to make sure it is on hand at all times.
I suggest printing out a copy of the list for yourself and placing it in your first aid kit that you create, or purchase, so you can make sure you keep all the necessary supplies in stock as they're used, or as they expire and need to be replaced with fresher versions.
It is best to re-check your supplies at least every six months, to make sure you have a chance to replace older supplies before the emergency itself occurs. To get the full scoop on organizing medicines in your home check out the First Aid & Medicine Organizer Center Challenge, which is part of the 52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge.
This first aid kit contents list is meant to deal with minor first aid issues, not major emergency preparedness. That is because I think you should have some easily accessible first aid supplies in your home, that aren't necessarily mixed in with your disaster supplies.
Further, the list below is merely a guide. Each family's needs are unique, so you may need to add or subtract items as circumstances change in your home, including as your children age (or new children are born).
*Indicates you should have both a children’s version and adult version on hand, if needed.
There are many types of booklets giving simple instructions for first aid, but the two I recommend include the following:
You can click the link for the printable version of this first aid kit list (opens as PDF in new window).
It is imperative that you keep emergency contact and other vital medical information within your first aid kit so that if first responders need to come, or people unfamiliar with your household need to use the kit (such as a babysitter) they can know vital information.
Therefore, on the printable first aid kit contents list I've also added a spot for you to fill in your personal doctor and dentist's phone numbers, so that someone can call them easily in an emergency if needed, along with some other helpful emergency contact information.
Some people want to make a homemade first aid kit, and many times this is a better idea because you can critically think of the items I've listed here as part of the first aid kit contents list and add anything that is unique to your family's needs.
However, making a homemade version is not for everyone, including those without much time or who don't want to buy such large quantities of each item that they hopefully may not even need.
In such a case a pre-made or commercial kit may be better for you. Here are some good ones to choose from, but remember that their contents may vary and may not have everything listed in the checklist above (or perhaps they have things I haven't listed above).
Make sure to get a kit that is for home use, not an OSHA kit which is meant to deal with workplace first aid. If you don't mind combining supplies you may also want to consider getting a first aid kit which can also serve for emergency and disaster use.
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