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10 Items to Include in Your First Aid Kit For Home

Emergencies can happen at any moment, including at home, so having a well-stocked first aid kit for home that is readily available is a great way to be prepared.

While most first aid kits for home include standard items such as band-aids, ointment, ace wrap (compression bandage), triangle bandage, gauze and wipes, there are a few unique items I add like to add to my kit as a local ER nurse.

Top 10 Items To Include In Your First Aid Kit for Home

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First Aid Guide Book

A pocket guide, like this one from the American Red Cross, is a quick and handy resource to have during a stressful situation.

An emergency can be overwhelming, so having a visual guide to reference will help you feel prepared.

Electrolyte Powder

While many people only think of first aid kits as being of service for a quick cut or two, it can also serve as a tool for situations that extend past a couple of hours.

Nevada experiences strong climate changes throughout the year, and dehydration is a common concern. Add electrolyte powders to your kit, so in the event you are outdoors longer than anticipated, you have an option to stay hydrated.

Flexible Bandages

Bandages are some of the most common items included in a first aid kit for home but do not forget bandages of different sizes and uses.

You never know what type of injury you will experience and having well-fitting bandages ensure cuts are protected from dirt and bacteria. Next time you are out shopping, make sure to grab different bandage sizes and ones for different areas of the body.

SAM Splint

This lightweight splint has an aluminum core covered with foam and can be used to immobilize an injured limb until you’re able to see a medical professional.

This splint can be applied by wrapping it around the limb with gauze or a compression bandage.


While out in nature, you should be prepared for any situation in your first aid kit.

This includes having an easy-to-use tourniquet, such as a one-handed Combat Application Tourniquet, to stop bleeds safely and effectively until you’re able to receive care.

Instant Cold Packs

Nevada summer temperatures can be intense and instant cold packs are a convenient cooling instrument should someone experience heat-related concerns.

Although they do not last as long as ice packs, they are great to have until you receive medical attention.

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While on a hiking trail, or simply out at the beach for the day, a variety of ailments can occur.

Ensure your first aid kit has non-expired medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, and some tummy relief meds such as Pepto Bismol for adults and kids for quick relief while out in the wild.

Triple antibiotic ointment and cortisone cream for cuts and scrapes, and Benadryl for itching associated with insect bites or exposure to plants that may cause an allergic reaction are also great additions to have on hand.

Anti-choking Device

Available in both pediatric and adult sizes, this compact tool can be a lifesaver if someone experiences a choking incident.

They are easy to use and are the perfect add-on to your kit.

Super Glue or Duct Tape

To seal a wound quickly and temporarily, having super glue or duct tape on hand can go a long way.

Important Phone Numbers

Always include emergency contact information in your kit. This may include Poison Control, Emergency Roadside Service, Healthcare Providers and the Nearest ER Locations, Family Members to contact in the event of an emergency.

Simply type up your list or write it on an index card to store in your kit.

Check Your Kit Periodically

Finally, always check your first aid kit for home before going on an adventure. It’s important to have non-expired products, and working supplies such as flashlights, extra cell phone chargers, etc.

And, to take your safety preparedness up a notch, consider taking a first-aid course through the American Red Cross. Include your whole family, so regardless of where you adventure, everyone is prepared during an emergency.

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Thank you to Northern Nevada Health System for sponsoring this post by Lori Mueller, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing, Emergency Services at Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center. Read our disclosure.

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