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Does your first-aid kit have these 10 essential items?

Don't have a first-aid kit? Put one together NOW!

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Updated : September 11, 2015 3:12 PM IST


First Aid

A first-aid kit can be a lifesaver in case of an emergency. And if you don’t have one and are still figuring out what it should contain, here is a quick checklist for you.


Gauze Pads

Gauze pads: The next most important first aid kit essential is gauze pad, which is used in case of major injuries and cuts. Buying them in larger sizes as you can always cut them to the required size.



Antiseptic and disinfectant: Use of a disinfectant and antiseptic like alcohol or hydrogen peroxide helps in cleansing the wounds or sting bites, thereby preventing infection. So stock your first aid kit with these essentials now!



Medications: Right from antibiotics to painkillers, your kit should contain medications to deal with common problems. But ensure all these medications are replaced from time-to-time as they approach their expiry date.



Disposable Gloves: Keep a stock of disposable gloves in your first aid kit as you never know when you need them for dealing with bleeding wounds or bodily fluids. And more important, it lowers the risk of you catching an infection. Also Read - Breathing Techniques: 6 Breathing Hacks You Should Know About


Emergency Numbers

List of emergency contacts: What's the use of a first-aid kit if it doesn’t have the list of contact numbers of hospitals, fire-station, and healthcare professionals. So before you plan to buy a kit, make sure your list of emergency numbers is updated.


Other Essentials

Other essentials: Last but most important, your kit should have a thermometer, a torch, needle, petroleum jelly and plastic bags. Because, you never know what might be needed in case of emergency. Be prepared and stay safe.