For little emergencies at home, what First Aid items should I keep on hand?

In case of an emergency, a well-stocked first aid kit should be on hand, so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries at home. Here are some suggested items you can include:20

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (12 x 23 cm)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (9 m x 2.5 cm)
  • 1 antiseptic ointment for burns (i.e. BETADINE® ointment)
  • 1 bottle of antiseptic solution for cuts and abrasions (i.e. BETADINE®solution)
  • 2 packets of aspirin
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier with a one-way valve
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (7.6 cm wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (10 cm wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (7.6 x 7.6 cm)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (10 x 10 cm)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

Try to separate everything into pouches to keep things organised in case of an emergency. Also, remember to regularly check the expiry dates on your products and replace when necessary. Keep a list of everything in your first aid kit to make it easier for restocking.20