Everything That Your First Aid Kit Needs to Have

If you find yourself in an emergency situation, then it is important that you have a fully functioning first aid kit to hand. This should be a small kit filled with different supplies that will be helpful for various injuries and ailments. 

The Importance of Contents

It is incredibly important that the contents of your first aid kit are of high quality and include everything you need – because without them, you will not be able to use the equipment to its fullest extent in an emergency, and you may lack crucial pieces.

You can buy complete first aid kits online that are already full of everything you need; however, you will have to keep a list of these supplies so that you can replenish your gear as and when you need to. As such, below, this article will discuss the most crucial components that should make up your first aid kit in more detail.

Different Dressings

You are going to need to have a number of different dressings to ensure you can cover up any cuts, wounds, and bruises. Some of the best dressings you’ll need are:

Wound Dressings

first-aid-kitThis type of dressing is where the dressing pads are attached to a roller bandage, which means they are very useful for covering up different wounds. Because of the fact they are attached to a roller, it also means that they are simple to apply in an emergency.

Different types of wound dressings include:

  1. Sterile wound dressings
  2. Sterile eye pad
  3. Sterile pad
  4. Waterproof band-aids
  5. Fabric band-aids

Adhesive Dressings / Band-Aids

These are made of fabric, so it’s easy for you to apply them to different grazes and small cuts. Some of the best kinds of band-aids and adhesive dressings include:

  1. Clear band-aids
  2. Gel blister band-aids
  3. Blue catering band-aids

Protective Items

You will want access to different protective items so that if you are cleaning a wound or giving someone medical assistance, you don’t have to worry about contamination germs. Some of the most crucial forms of protection include:

Disposable gloves

If you have them available, you should make sure that you have gloves to wear when you are dealing with bodily fluids, other waste material, or dressing up a wound. You should try and get latex-free gloves, given that there are many people who are allergic to latex and, as such, will be uncomfortable using them.

Protection from Infection

You also need to make sure that you have equipment on hand which will be able to stop you from getting infected by people who might be sick. Some of the best protection includes the likes of a plastic shield for your face or a face mask. These make it so that if you are helping someone who is contagious, you are lowering your risk of catching whatever they have.


You need to make sure that your first aid kit is filled with the right equipment in the face of an emergency. Some of the most important components of your first aid kit are listed in more detail above.

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Last Updated on November 30, 2022 by Marie Benz MD FAAD