By Adrian Sparrow
NeuLine Health

What To Have In An At-Home First-Aid Kit

When disaster strikes, it’s important to be prepared. From earaches to earthquakes, a first-aid kit comes in handy for any emergency. To be ready for anything, here’s a list of necessities to put in your home’s first aid kit. 


Basic Supplies and Bandages
Although you likely keep a box of adhesive bandages in your medicine cabinet, they can only cover minor wounds. For any injury larger than a quarter, it’s a good idea to stock up on larger bandages and splints. 

  • Absorbent compress dressings
  • Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Adhesive cloth tape
  • Rubber tourniquet
  • Gauze pads
  • Roller bandages
  • Large triangular bandage (can be used as a splint)
  • Aluminum finger splint
  • Breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury)
  • Instant cold compress

Check Your Closet!
These are common supplies, and you might already be well-stocked. It’s a good idea to be prepared for any disaster, not just a medical one. Also, consider what you might need for common natural disasters in your area, and stay well-stocked on needs like water and batteries.

  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Superglue
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disposable non-latex gloves (several pairs)
  • Waterproof matches
  • Waterproof flashlight and extra batteries
  • Emergency blanket
  • Emergency phone numbers (Contact info for family doctor, local emergency services, and the poison health line)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant


Ointments and Creams

There’s no use putting a bandage on a dirty wound, where infection can fester. Keep a variety of creams in your kit for cleaning and pain relief. 

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Eyewash solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Aloe vera
  • Calamine lotion


Be sure to keep any personal prescriptions on hand that don’t require refrigeration. In between uses, check to make sure nothing has expired. 

  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxative
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine
  • Cough, cold medications
  • Pain relievers (acetaminophen, ibuprofen) 
  • Aspirin
  • Auto-injector of epinephrine (if prescribed)

You can also purchase pre-packed first aid kits for your home, car, and workplace.