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first aid kit checklist - what's in your box?

Keeping a first aid kit checklist with your box help to keep your kit up-to-date, in date and ready for any occurring emergency.

But what should go in there in the first place?

Now it doesn't matter if YOU in your car, at home, or work, you should be in semi close reach of a first aid kit.

May be you consider this essential; especially if you are more accident prone! But if your opinion is "I'm always careful", then do read on...

...I'm not saying your not careful, I'm saying you should be prepared for any eventuality!

purchasing a purpose built first aid kit

These days you are fortunate enough to be able to buy a purposeful container, housing a first aid kit. These can be useful in the following places...

  • Car First Aid Kit
  • Diaper Bag First Aid Kit
  • Backpack First Aid Kit
  • Sports Bag First Aid Kit

However consider that this may not be a full kit; though it will provide you with absolute essentials.

Yes this is extremely tempting, and definitely better than not having a kit!

As at least you would then have the basics, allowing you to build a more extensive kit from there.

Usually you will find that a purchased kit will have a full first aid kit checklist either on a printable document within the kit itself; or the first aid kit checklist is attached to the back of the container.

If a loose document this can easily be lost, so either make a conscious decision to move it somewhere safe, or try to secure the list to your kit.

Are you thinking, "I've bought the kit, what do I need the first aid kit checklist for?" In answer to that, this is for your first aid kit refill e.g. once you've used the items up!

There is nothing worse than taking out your first aid kit to find that all the right type of plasters are used up!


Here you will find some of the typical contents of your first aid kit, the reason for their use and an 'ideal' quantity to have:


In today's environment there are many contagious diseases that can be transmitted via touch.

As a First Aider, you have responsibility to ensure your own safety as well as that of your patient. It is therefore always wise to have and use your disposable gloves.

You can get these in boxes, which will mean that you should have a good stock. They have a long shelf life, so this should not pose too many problems.

However for a home or car first aid kit you may find purchasing small packs, containing one or two pairs more appropriate.

Remember to wash your hands (see handwash) first, and then put the gloves on.

You can now deal with the emergency at hand. Keep a constant supply as recommended on your first aid kit checklist, ordering a refill when the box becomes low.


Here are our recommendations depending on the type of plaster you require:

  • Band Aids for Children
  • Plasters for Kitchen Use
  • Shaped Plasters
  • Specialist Plasters
  • Novelty Plasters

band aids for children

These are ideal, whether you have a princess or a superhero that you are looking after.

Those cuts, bumps, grazes that require a plaster, can have any of these put on them and make the child feel special, raising a smile from that damp, woe-ridden face.

One thing to mention here though, when looking after more than one child and a plaster has been given; this can invoke bizarre behaviour in others, as they too would like a plaster!

If you think this could cause you more mayhem, it may be wise to stick to plain plasters...

plasters for kitchen use

This may seem a little extreme, but when preparing food, (or if your in the Pharmaceutical profession) you ought to ensure that the first aid kit checklist, includes some form of blue plasters or band-aids... Yes Blue!

They are this color for their easy detection should they come away from the wound (there really aren't that many blue foods!); and therefore easy to retrieve.

I've found these available should you wish to add them to your supplies.

I tend to purchase a pack of these and split them among the first aid kits that you have around the house, home, car and if appropriate work.

shaped plasters

Yes I'd be the first to admit, that used to look at the bizarre shaped band-aids, and think to myself, just who is going to use them!?

But then I was younger, working in an office, where a strip band aid would cover up most injuries from shoes that rubbed to that darn paper-cut.

However there are needs for shaped band aids, more for those with physical jobs, as our fingers and toes can really get in the way!

I've found that the 'butterfly' plaster most successful in many a cut, sustained by my husband who is a Sheet Metal worker.

specialist plasters

It never amazes me the amount of new sorts of plasters that are available in the market place.

I certainly wouldn't advocate buying one of each type, unless you have the need for them.

For instance, I know wearing new shoes for me, is a killer on my poor heels, usually as I spend most of my time bare foot, so shoes are a little bit of a shock. However I know this about me, and therefore in my first aid kit checklist is the requirement for blister plasters.

novelty plasters

Alongside the children that like band aids, apparently there is a market place for the novelty plaster!

Finding these rather bizarre, I had to share them with you (featured below). I can't recommend them really for a first aid box, that said they are fully functional as a band aid

I think these novelty plasters from Amazon would make a fantastic joke gift, a secret santa present or just to liven an "ouchy" up, as they certainly appear fun!


Scissors, used predominantly for cutting long strips of band aid, or bandages; these should be sharp and remain in the first aid box, therefore a permanent tick on your first aid kit checklist.

If the emergency you are dealing with requires clothing to be cut, these are unlikely to be "man enough" for the job.

However they should be able to cope with items such as shoe laces, to assess twisted or broken ankles.

Like the actual first aid box, once purchased, there should rarely be the need to purchase a second time

bandages and fasteners

Bandages, if you're a fingers and thumbs person you can have difficulty in strapping an arm, leg, hand together, and may spend time cursing the bandage.

If you are undertaking a First Aider role, you should have attended some sort of first aid course; however if your at home, you may need to practice this, "just in case".

To use the bandages, hold the bulk of the roll in your writing hand; have the feed from the roll coming over your fingers.

From there you should find that applying the bandage you will keep the tension of the roll the same.

Secure with a safety pin or micropore tape.


Of course if you are at home this is easy, nice running hot water, soap, a good scrub, and of course your hands are clean and able to deal with the first aid emergency that has arisen.

But if your out and about, in the car, camping, on your bike? What then? You have to let you hygiene standards slip?

No, thank goodness! I make sure I have some of these in the house at all times, I tend to have one in my handbag, diaper bag, as well as in the first aid kits in the car and with the camping equipment.

If you've not come across this product it's a gel substance, that you rub into your hands like a moisturiser or cream, and it will disinfect your hands suitably enough for you to deal with the first aid emergency.

It truly is wonderful stuff and should rightly have a place on your first aid kit checklist!

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