6. Plasters, gauze and bandages
A first aid kit is incomplete without the mandatory plasters and bandages that come in a variety of different shapes and sizes to dress cuts, scrapes and minor wounds. Whether you got a paper cut or scraped your knees, a plaster will attend to these minor injuries and help them heal better.
For other minor injuries, bandages are generally used to apply pressure to bleeding wounds and to support sprains and broken bones. Adhesive bandages are used to cover minor cuts and scrapes, while triangle bandages are used for wrapping injuries and making an arm sling. Sterile gauze can also be used to cover cover and clean wounds, and can work as a soft eyepatch as well.
7. Scissors and tweezers
Tweezers come in handy for removing small splinters, foreign objects, stingers, and ticks from the skin, while scissors are used for cutting sterile pads, bandages or tape. You can also use them if you need to cut someone’s clothes for better access to a wound.
8. Disposable gloves
Disposable gloves are essential in reducing the risk of infection between you and the other party. Always wear gloves whenever you’re dressing wounds, or dealing with any body fluids or waste.
9. Diarrhoea pills
It is always good to have pills for diarrhoea, which is a common virus. Anti-diarrhoea medicines to treat it are available both on prescription or over the counter at your local pharmacy. Activated charcoal pills are used to treat stomach pain caused by excess gas, diarrhoea, or indigestion.
10. Pain relievers
Relieving pain should also be a top priority, alongside treating injuries. When stocking your first aid kit, you may include over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol and aspirin. However, do take note of each family member’s allergies and avoid offering your own medicine to others. Pain relievers should be kept secure and out of reach of children. Besides pain medication, you should also have oral antihistamines for allergic reactions such as sneezing, watery eyes, itching and rashes.