your first aid kit
Start with a storage box
You need a place to store all your supplies, so start with an appropriate-size storage box. To find what you need quickly and easily, use one with several compartments, and to keep it grab-and-go ready, find one with a handle. Once you have that, you're ready to fill it with all the supplies you'll need.
Add a list of emergency numbers, such as poison control, provincial health services, family doctors, family numbers and ICE (in case of emergency) contacts.
Disposable non-latex gloves and hand sanitizer
Keep yourself safe from any disease that can be transmitted through bodily fluids by wearing disposable gloves when administering first aid. Have a minimum of three sterile pairs in your kit, and keep a travel-size container of hand sanitizer at the ready to keep yourself germ-free.
Stock up on adhesive bandages in various sizes so you're ready to protect small cuts and abrasions. For dressing larger or more severe wounds, keep a roll of sterile gauze or package of large gauze pads, a pair of sharp scissors and hypoallergenic adhesive medical tape in your kit. Triangular and elastic bandages are useful if immobilization is required.
Antiseptic wipes or an antibiotic wash
This is a must-have for cleaning out scrapes and cuts before treating them. If using a wash instead of the wipes, be sure to add a few sterile cloths that you can use to your kit.
Add a layer of protection against infection by applying this to the wound before bandaging it up.
Have a blanket on hand to keep the victim warm or to use as a ground cover during treatment.
A disposable face shield
Add this barrier device to your kit, which will prevent the transfer of bacteria between people when administering CPR and artificial respiration.
A first aid manual
Keep one in your kit as an easy reference guide for treatment options.
Other useful items to add
- A thermometer
- An eyewash and eye patches
- A pain-relieving medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
- Safety pins