30 First Aid Kit Essentials

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3. Adhesive Tape

Also known as surgical tape, adhesive tape is mostly used for holding a dressing or bandage on a wound. The adhesive adheres well to the skin and bandages but will not cause pain or damage the skin when it’s removed. This tape is typically white because it is made with zinc oxide to prevent infections.

All surgical tape is made with hypoallergenic adhesive. There are two types to choose from fragile tape and tear-resistant tape. Fragile adhesive tape is made with paper and tears easily. Made with plastic or fabric, most rolls of tear-resistant tape are water-resistant, making them ideal for athletes. The tear-resistant tape is also more flexible than its more fragile counterpart.