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Family First-Aid Kit

By Sarah Hunstead 1 min read
Monday, December 11, 2017

Here's what you need in a family first-aid kit.


  1. A cold pack—kept in the fridge or freezer for bumps, swelling, bruising
  2. Band-Aids or plastic strips in assorted shapes—for bleeding wounds
  3. An antiseptic cream of your choice—for wounds
  4. A digital underarm thermometer
  5. A rescue blanket—to keep an injured person warm
  6. Adhesive tape—to keep dressings in place and hold bandages together
  7. Eye pads—for eye injuries such as cuts
  8. Paper or Styrofoam cups—for eye injuries such as foreign bodies
  9. Ampoules of saline—for flushing eyes and cleaning wounds
  10. Gloves—to protect yourself
  11. Scissors
  12. Tweezers
  13. Splinter probes—to make removal of splinters easier
  14. A light stick—for use in the dark to attract attention, for instance, when camping or bushwalking
  15. Wound closure strips—good for holding lacerations together
  16. Zip-lock plastic bags—for amputated parts
  17. Safety pins—to hold triangular slings in place
  18. Assorted bandages
  19. A triangular bandage—a sling for arms or for splinting limbs (tie them or use them to apply pressure)
  20. Antiseptic wipes
  21. Sterile gauze swabs—useful for everything!
  22. Non-stick dressing—for grazes and/or minor burns until you get medical help
  23. A combine dressing pad—pressure dressing for bleeding
  24. Heavyweight bandages—pressure bandages for snake and funnel-web spider bites
  25. A resuscitation mask
  26. Freezing spray for ticks, e.g. Wartoff
  27. Red-coloured hand towel
  28. Timer
  29. A first-aid and CPR guide

Information Extracted, with Permission, from A Life. A Finger. A Pea Up a Nose, by Sarah Hunstead (HarperCollins, 2017).