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Here's How to Build a Complete First-Aid Kit for 2023

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Emergencies can happen when you least expect them. To help prepare for the unexpected, having a well-stocked first aid kit on hand can give you a critical advantage.. 

Here’s a simple way to prepare for most minor emergencies:

Stash first aid kits, customized to meet your family’s needs, in your home, car and carry-on bag when traveling. Be sure to keep them current—periodically check batteries and toss expired products—and keep out of children’s reach.

Here’s an overview of the basics:

For the family:

  • Emergency contact information
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid instruction booklet
  • Personal medications
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings
  • 25 adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • Space blanket
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • Instant cold compress
  • 4 pairs nonlatex gloves
  • 4 pair of large, latex gloves
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets
  • Scissors
  • 2 roller bandages
  • 10 sterile gauze pads
  • Oral thermometer (nonmercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • 6 cloth facemasks 

Additional Items for babies:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Cotton balls and/or swabs
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Medicine syringe
  • Bulb suction and saline drops
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Moist towelettes
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Baby formula and/or food

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