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Having a comprehensive first aid kit in your house and car is an important first step in preparing for rendering medical attention when needed. You can buy kits online or in stores that are "fully stocked" or you may create your own. Having reviewed the contents of many first aid kits I found that most, if not all are incomplete in one way or another. I determined that if I wanted a truly comprehensive kit I would have to make my own. I began the process by listing the contents of several kits in a spreadsheet. By combining the contents, then sorting to eliminate duplications, I have compiled what I consider to be a very complete first aid kit.

First Aid Kits




I then went shopping. Those items that I could not find at the local pharmacy, I ordered online. The end result was a large duffel bag stuffed with all sorts of medicines and medical supplies that I feel will satisfy most medical emergencies. I keep my kit in my car, so wherever I go I will be prepared. I also keep a fully stocked medical kit in my house.



This is the listing of the medical supplies that I keep in my car kit.  


Medical Books and References

(Always keep a First Aid Book on hand for reference).

  1. Book - "The Complete In Home First Aid Guide"
  2. American Red Cross Skills Card - "Infant And Child CPR"
  3. American Red Cross Skills Card - "Adult CPR /A. E. D."
  4. American Red Cross Skills Card -  "First Aid"


Fire & Light

  1. Emergency candles (8)
  2. Matches – 3 packets
  3. Box of Matches



Personal Protection

  1. Face Mask (2)
  2. Surgical Latex Gloves (4 Pair)
  3. American Red Cross CPR Mask with Surgical Gloves


Plastic Containers for Mixing Solutions or Storing Small Part

  1. One Small
  2. One Large


Washing and Cleaning Solutions

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
  2. Rubbing Alcohol
  3. Eye Wash Solution
  4. Eye Drops
  5. Instant Hand Sanitizer


Miscellaneous Tools & Supplies

  1. Chemical Light Sticks (2)
  2. Magnifying Glass
  3. Plastic Eyedropper
  4. Digital Thermometer
  5. Water Irrigator Syringe
  6. Small Knife
  7. Medium Sized Knife
  8. Dosage Syringe and Spoon 
  9. Needle and Thread
  10. Emery Board
  11. Nail File
  12. Pencil & Note Pad
  13. Chopsticks (3)
  14. Tweezers (2)
  15. Small Pliers
  16. Assortment of Rubber Bands
  17. Small Screwdriver
  18. Wooden Tongue Depressor
  19. Cuticle Scissors
  20. Small Sewing Scissors
  21. Large Scissors
  22. Utility Knife
  23. Plastic Tweezers
  24. Assortment of Paper Clips
  25. Razor Blades (2)
  26. Small String Assortment Including Dental Floss, Nylon String and Shoelaces
  27. Baby Shampoo
  28. Hand Soap
  29. Knife, Fork and Spoon
  30. Zip Lock Plastic Bags, Assortment
  31. Rope (10ft.)
  32. Hand Towel



  1. Cotton Balls
  2. Cotton Squares
  3. Assortment Of Large Absorbent Bandages
  4. Q-Tips
  5. Ace Bandage
  6. Eye Patches
  7. Adhesive Bandages –Assortment
  8. Wound Closure Strips
  9. Four Inches Compression Bandage
  10. Eye Dressing Packet
  11. 2 in. Bandage Compress
  12. Band Aid Flexible Fabric Bandages , Assortment
  13. Adhesive Tape 
  14. Medical Tape
  15. Butterfly Closures (12) , Waterproof Closures For Small Wounds, Won't Stick To Wind
  16. Finger Cots (30)
  17. Alcohol Swabs (10)
  18. Sticky Bandage Roll


Liquid Antiseptic and Pain Relief

  1. Medi-Quick—First Aid Antiseptic Plus Pain Relief, No Sting Spray
  2. Burn Gel – First Aid For Burns, Scalds and Sunburns
  3. Benadryl – Itch Stopping Gel
  4. Bactine - Antiseptic , First Aid For Cuts Scratches Sunburn Minor Burns and  Insect Bites
  5. Iodine Tincture, Antiseptic
  6. Campho-Phenique
  7. Ammonia Inhalants
  8. Anti Diarrheal – Controls The Symptoms Of Diarrhea
  9. Burn Cream
  10. Stink Rest Swabs – For Use On Bites and Stings


Antiseptic Gels and Creams

  1. Pure Petroleum Jelly
  2. Cortaid
  3. Medic Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  4. Vitamin E. Sun Block Lip Balm
  5. Cortisone-10, Anti Itch Crème


Pills and Tablets

  1. Excedrin
  2. Tylenol
  3. Aspirin
  4. Acetaminophen
  5. Ibuprofen
  6. Alka-Seltzer
  7. Throat Lozenges
  8. Contact Cold Medicine
  9. Tums Antacid and Calcium Supplement The
  10. Advil Cold and Sinus


Authored By Mike Coviello (Tanner)


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