First aid kit essentials checklist for your home

Here we’ll run through tips for creating a first aid checklist to ensure your home is fully equipped.

Updated 1 July 2019

First aid kit essentials including tissues and a thermometer with a mug

Key steps

  • Make a checklist using our first aid kit essentials list to gather everything you need together.
  • Use your checklist to keep an eye on what is used.
  • Don’t forget to replace medications and pain killers at their use by date.
  • Keep first aid kits out of the reach of children.

No home is complete without a few first aid kit essentials, and no kit will be complete without our useful first aid kit contents checklist. So what’s in a first aid kit? Here we will run through our top tips for creating a first aid checklist and what you need to ensure your home is fully equipped for any domestic eventuality.

Create a first aid checklist and keep it with your first aid kit, making a note of anything that is used. Not only will this help you choose what should be in a first aid kit, it will also allow you to replenish it when required.

What should a first aid kit contain?

If you’re wondering what should be in a first aid kit our ultimate first aid kit contents checklist is just what you need to make sure you cover all your bases.

  • Plasters. Make sure you have a variety of sizes and shapes for different uses.
  • Sterile gauze dressings. Ensure you have a variety of sizes of these too.
  • Sterile eye dressings. Have at least two.
  • Triangular bandages.
  • Crêpe rolled bandages.
  • Safety pins (or micropore tape if you prefer).
  • Disposable sterile gloves. Take care to be aware of potential allergies to some of these materials.
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • Thermometer (preferably digital as these are more accurate).
  • Skin rash cream. For example, hydrocortisone or calendula.
  • Insect bite and sting relief cream.
  • Antiseptic cream.
  • Painkillers. Be sure to keep a stock of a variety of these, for adults and children. For example, paracetamol (or infant paracetamol), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), and ibuprofen.
  • Cough medicine. Also keep an appropriate version for younger members of the household or those who visit with children.
  • Antihistamine cream or tablets.
  • Distilled water for cleaning wounds.
  • Eye wash and an eye bath.
  • A basic first aid manual to ensure you are able to accurately administer first aid when required.

How to organise your first aid kit

  • Now you know what’s in a first aid kit, there are a few easy ways that you can ensure you keep it all organised.
  • Always ensure that the things you most often need, for example plasters and anti-septic salve; are stocked close to the top of your first aid kit.
  • Consider investing in a bag or box that has sections so you can separate your essentials into groupings to easily grab the things you need for specific first aid.
  • Keep a checklist in the top of your first aid kit and make a note of anything that is used in order to replenish them when needed.
  • Make a note of any use by dates on your checklist as a quick easy way to keep an eye on them.
  • Keep your first aid kit out of the reach of children.

When is it time to replace first aid kit essentials?

  • With our checklist for what to put in a first aid kit and tips for keeping it organised, the most important thing is for you to keep on top of the contents. Read on to discover when things will need replacing and how to ensure you keep the first aid kit well stocked.
  • Keep an eye on the use-by dates of any medications and pain killers as these will need replacing if they are not used up by the date.
  • Double check any bandage packing as if it becomes compromised the bandage will no longer be sterile.
  • If you use any of the essentials from your first aid kit be sure to replenish them in order to prevent not having them at times you need them.

With our guide to what is in a first aid kit, tips for keeping it organised and guide to ensuring your first aid kit is always well stocked; you can be sure you’re ready for any emergency.

Originally published 28 June 2019