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30 First Aid Kit Essentials

24. Antacids For heartburn and other digestion issues, antacids are a must. You never know when indigestion or an upset stomach will hit and antacids can… Trista - August 5, 2019
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24. Antacids

For heartburn and other digestion issues, antacids are a must. You never know when indigestion or an upset stomach will hit and antacids can provide relief. These little pills contain aluminum-free calcium that stops stomach acid from causing you pain.

You can get antacids in a bottle or single-use packets. Most antacids come in a variety of flavors and are sugar-free. The most common taste is mint. Each antacid tablet also contains calcium, which helps to quell stomach acid and upset. When your stomach isn’t feeling well, chew one or two tablets of antacid to get rid of your pain.

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25. Hydrocortisone Cream

For relief from itching, irritation, and other skin problems, you need hydrocortisone cream. Hydrocortisone cream is a topical cream that is known as a corticosteroid. Its purpose is to treat redness, swelling, itching, and other discomforts on the skin.

You can find hydrocortisone cream in tubes and single-use packets. This cream is essential for campers and hikers because it’s useful in treating poison ivy and other annoying rashes. It’s also great for keeping bug bites from getting too itchy. To use hydrocortisone cream, clean the affected area with soap and water. Dry the skin thoroughly and apply a small amount of cream to the wound. Repeat three or four times a day until the lesion goes away.

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26. Cough and Cold Medications

Especially in the colder months, having cold and cough medicine on hand is a wise choice. Colds and the flu can come on fast, so it’s always good to have medication for them to prevent them from getting worse. These medicines help to treat coughs, congestion, aches, and fever.

You can find cold and flu medicine in pill or liquid form. Tablets are easier to store in your first aid kit and will last longer. You can find single-serve packs that make doling out medicine extremely easy. Keep in mind that many types of cough and cold medication containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen, so avoid taking any other pain reliever along with them.

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27. EpiPen

Even if no one in your family is allergic to anything, you should have an EpiPen in your first aid kit. You never know if someone you’re around will have a sudden allergic reaction. Additionally, you or your loved ones may have an allergy that comes on suddenly.

For someone going into anaphylactic shock, using an EpiPen is a matter of life and death. Within seconds of consuming an allergen, someone can have a reaction. The EpiPen injects epinephrine into the bloodstream, which opens a person’s airways. That gives you enough time to call 911 and get some medical attention. Taking training to learn how to administer an EpiPen properly is also a great idea.

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28. Pain Relievers

Carrying pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen in your first aid kit is essential! These pills can provide relief from injuries like ankle sprains, bruises, headaches, and more. The quicker you can help an injured person find solace, the less anxious they’ll feel.

Pain relievers not only work to diminish pain, but they can also ease swelling. Grab a bottle of pain medicine and add it to your first aid kit! You can also find single-serve packs of Tylenol, Advil, and other forms of pain relief. These pills not only relieve pain, but they can work to reduce fever and other symptoms of the common cold.

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29. Emergency Phone Numbers

In case of emergency, it’s essential to have a list of significant phone numbers so you or your loved ones can be reached in a crisis. While most of us put important phone numbers into our phones, in a medical emergency, you don’t know if you’ll be able to access them. Having your emergency contact numbers written down is the best way to ensure you get the help you need.

In addition to having your emergency contact information in your phone, you’ll need to write it down as well. Type up all of your relevant phone numbers and print them out. Include insurance information, your doctor’s name, and even medical conditions like allergies or diabetes. That can help paramedics treat you more efficiently.

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30. Waterproof Flashlight and Batteries

When an emergency happens at night, it can be hard to find an adequate light source. Make sure you’re never entirely in the dark by including a waterproof flashlight. Be sure to include plenty of batteries, so you never run out of juice!

Getting a super bright LED emergency flashlight can help you stay prepared in an emergency. Even the American Red Cross recommends all families have a shining flashlight in their first aid kit. A flashlight can help you see what you’re doing while tending to someone’s wounds or helping them wrap up an injury. You can help guide someone in the dark by using a flashlight. If your car breaks down, a flashlight can help you flag down someone for help.

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31. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an essential item that everyone should carry with them. If you’re going outside at all, you need to wear sunscreen. It keeps you from getting sunburnt and prevents harmful UV rays from damaging your skin.

Find a sunscreen that works for your whole family. Whether you prefer the spray-on sunscreen or the lotion type, as long as it provides adequate coverage, you should be in good shape. Even if you’re spending time outside in the winter, you’ll need SPF protection. In addition to applying sunscreen, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Pack some aloe vera in your first aid kit to soothe any sunburns.

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32. Insect Repellent

Stay protected from pesky bugs by having insect repellant in your first aid kit. When you travel to humid areas or outdoor places with a lot of food, you can suddenly find yourself surrounded by bugs. Look for safe bug sprays that can keep mosquitoes, bees, flies, and other annoying critters away from you and your family.

Most bug sprays include DEET, which is the most common insect repellant. It doesn’t kill bugs but instead repels them. Protecting yourself from pests doesn’t just help you avoid bites. You can prevent the transmission of West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, and Dengue Fever.

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33. Gloves

Because so many diseases can be transmitted through small cracks in the skin, you’re better off protecting yourself. Wearing gloves when taking care of someone in a medical emergency can help keep you and that person safe. Bloodborne diseases can especially infect you if you have a small scratch or cut on your hand.

The best type of gloves to have in your first aid kit are nitrile or vinyl. Avoid putting latex gloves in your bag because many people are allergic to latex. Purple nitrile gloves are the kind of gloves used by medical professionals. If you find yourself needing gloves but do not have any nitrile gloves available, you can use dish gloves, leather gloves, or plastic bags.

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34. Cell Phone

In an emergency, it’s imperative to have a phone to call for help. When a dangerous situation arises, a phone is necessary to call 911 and have medical professionals by your side within minutes. You don’t need a fancy smartphone to keep your family safe.

If you want to have additional insurance, you can get an inexpensive phone to keep in your first aid kit. A phone that operates by purchasing minutes can stay in the package and be ready to use when you need it. When you call 911 from a cell phone, disclose your location immediately, and describe your surroundings. Stay calm and speak clearly as you tell them the nature of your emergency.

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35. Solar Charger

Most cell phones have individual batteries or batteries that cannot be removed. If you choose to keep a cell phone in your first aid kit, you need to have a charger too. A solar-powered charger can keep your phone or other electronics running in an emergency.

By using a solar-powered charger, you eliminate the need to carry extra batteries. These types of chargers quickly get power from the sun, and you can boost them while you charge your phone. Be sure to keep an extra charging cable that works with your phone in the first aid kit. Look for models that are 8000mAh or higher for more efficient charging power.

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