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Include the following in each of your first-aid kits:

first-aid manual

sterile gauze pads of different sizes

adhesive tape

adhesive bandages in several sizes

elastic bandage

a splint

antiseptic wipes


antibiotic ointment

antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)

hydrocortisone cream (1%)

acetaminophen and ibuprofen

extra prescription medications (if the family is going on vacation)


sharp scissors

safety pins

disposable instant cold packs

calamine lotion

alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol


plastic non-latex gloves (at least 2 pairs)

flashlight and extra batteries

a blanket

mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be obtained from your local Red Cross)

your list of emergency phone numbers

blanket (stored nearby)