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Top 6 Items Every First Aid Kit Should Have

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Updated January 23, 2014

Every first aid kit evolves to meet the needs of the person or family who created it. Even kits that are purchased whole, with a collection of items bundled together in a convenient package, change over time. No matter what, here are some items that every kit should have.

 

1. Cellular Telephone

There is no first aid kit that can contain every item necessary to take care of any situation. It's impossible to plan for the infinite possiblities. Anyone who does not carry a cell phone should keep one in the first aid kit. Being able to summon help is the only way to be prepared for anything. Any cell phone with a working battery and the ability to get a signal will work - it doesn't even have to have service - just be sure to know how to call 911 on a wireless phone.

2. CPR Microshield

Performing CPR is so uncommon, it can be easy to overlook this addition to the first aid kits. Mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing may not be a particularly pleasant experience. Carrying a Microshield makes this task much more bearable and sanitary.
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3. Exam Gloves

Bloodborne diseases can be transmitted through very small cracks in the skin. We don't tend to worry too much about the potential for bloodborne diseases when working on a spouse or child, but first aid kits aren't always used on family members.
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4. Band-Aids

These are the mainstays of the first aid kit. There are plenty of brands of adhesive bandages, but ask any kid out there, boo-boos feel better with a Scooby-Doo Band-Aid stuck on it - until Mom has to rip it off.
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5. Hand Cleaners

Hand-washing with warm water and soap is the best way to prevent the spread of infections (yes, even with gloves on). But as we all know, water and soap aren't always available. Carry disinfectants in the first aid kit to always have them on hand (groan!).
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6. Tweezers

Whether it's taking out splinters or ticks, tweezers are an absolute necessity in a home or travel first aid kit.
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