The Top 17 Must-Have Items in Your First-Aid Kit

Reclaimed-Vintage-Medics-Bag-1Most of us gloss over how important our health is, until we become ill… Then it becomes painfully obvious that, without our health, little else really matters.

In a emergency situation, the premium we place on health is even higher. Access to medical care may be severely limited. If your plans include a remote location, the trip to the ER may simply take too long.

In either case, you’ll need to become competent in dealing with minor emergencies. In order to do this, you’ll need a medicine kit with the proper tools.

Here are the 17 most crucial items to keep in your first aid-kit:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

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