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20 Emergency Kit Essentials

ETNT Health Logo By Kelly Hernandez of ETNT Health | Slide 2 of 21: The last thing you want to have to do is head to the ER or an urgent care center because you cut your finger or have an allergy flare up. You're just risking your health and potentially the health of others. With a well-stocked first aid kit, you can address small medical issues at home. If you have a family of four, the American Red Cross suggests your first aid kit include at least the following: 2 absorbent compress dressings that are 5 inches by 9 inches. At least 25 adhesive bandages of various sizes. Cloth tape that's at least 10 yards long by one inch wide. 5 one-gram antibiotic ointment packets. 5 antiseptic wipes. 1 instant cold compress. 2 pairs of non-latex gloves. 1 roller bandage. At least 5 sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes. Tweezers. 1 breathing barrier. 1 emergency blanket. Oral thermometer.Add anything to your first aid kit that's unique to your location, situation, or family. For example, if you live somewhere with tons of bugs, maybe add an ointment for itchy bug bites. If you have a child who's allergic to bee stings, have an allergy medication on hand in your first aid kit.

1. A Well-Stocked First Aid Kit

The last thing you want to have to do is head to the ER or an urgent care center because you cut your finger or have an allergy flare up. You're just risking your health and potentially the health of others. 

With a well-stocked first aid kit, you can address small medical issues at home. If you have a family of four, the American Red Cross suggests your first aid kit include at least the following:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings that are 5 inches by 9 inches.
  • At least 25 adhesive bandages of various sizes.
  • Cloth tape that's at least 10 yards long by one inch wide.
  • 5 one-gram antibiotic ointment packets.
  • 5 antiseptic wipes.
  • 1 instant cold compress.
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves.
  • 1 roller bandage.
  • At least 5 sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes.
  • Tweezers.
  • 1 breathing barrier.
  • 1 emergency blanket.
  • Oral thermometer.

Add anything to your first aid kit that's unique to your location, situation, or family. For example, if you live somewhere with tons of bugs, maybe add an ointment for itchy bug bites. If you have a child who's allergic to bee stings, have an allergy medication on hand in your first aid kit.

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