First Aid Kit Checklist

20 Things Every Parent Should Have In Their Emergency First Aid Kit

It’s just a simple fact. Kids will get hurt or sick many times a year and there is little you can do about it outside of being prepared. For just that reason, every family should have a first aid kit with them at all times and as you’ll see, it’s simple to come up with that magic box that can save you time and your child a lot of tears.  Whether it’s a baby first aid kit or just a simple home first aid kit for your entire family, we have the answer for you below.

You can probably save a lot of time and just go down to your local Walmart or Target and purchase a ready-made First Aid Kit for $20-30 but there’s a good chance it will not have all the contents and supplies you need. In most cases, depending on how old your children are, you may need different things for different age groups as one size doesn’t always fit all. For example, some will have a first aid kit checklist that contains the basics like bandages and gauze but they may not have the ointments or medications you’ll need for your infant or toddler.  If you’re going to be prepared then it is best to take the time to make sure the kit you have at home or in the car will be useful which is why we recommend you build the kit yourself.


So what should be in a first aid kit? Below is a list of items that every parent or guardian of children should have in their first aid kit. Let’s start with the basics of what to include and then we can talk about how to tote or store them.

  • Bandages – Make sure your kit contains bandages that can cover the smallest and largest of cuts. If you have toddlers you won’t want to just have band aids that are too big for little hands. I recommend picking up a box of the Band-Aid brand adhesive bandages that come with 20-25 assorted sizes. It couldn’t hurt to make sure they have your child’s favorite cartoon character as well as that tends to make the tears go away faster.  These boxes usually contain 3/4″ x 3″ and 5/8″ x 2 1/4″ bandages which are perfect for little ones. If you have older children, pick up a regular box of assorted Band-Aid bandages that usually will carry 3-different sizes and that should be sufficient.
  • Antibiotic Ointment – You will need a small tube of ointment to help treat open cuts and the best stuff out there these days is Neosporin. They also have a small portable version called “Neo to Go!” which is a pocket size antiseptic pain relieving spray that is made specifically for kids. If you can’t find Neosporin or you’re on a budget, our family has used the Walmart brand called Equate Triple Antibiotic Ointment which you’ll find is about half the price of Neosporin. It’s worked great for our kids and the stuff lasts forever.
  • Antiseptic Wipes – Sometimes ointments can get messy so it’s best to have some quick use antiseptic wipes to clean cuts of dirt before putting the bandage on. Wet Ones makes a great antibacterial hand wipe that comes in small individual packages that work great. We purchase them in bulk where we live and you can find them at larger stores like Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club too.
  • Antibacterial Hand Wash – With so many viruses floating around these days it’s best to also pack a little portable bottle of antibacterial hand gel in your kit. You never knowfirst aid kit checklist when you’ll need it. And don’t let people scare you about this stuff. Used on occasion, a good hand gel will definitely save you from germs, sickness and all that bad stuff.
  • Sterile Water / Saline – Whether you need it for cleaning cuts or irrigating eyes, it’s best to keep a 500ml bottle of sterile water or saline in your kit. For a few bucks a bottle, all kits should have one of these.
  • Gauze Pads – Sometimes cuts and abrasions are too large for the normal band aid bandages so make sure you have a roll or two of gauze in your kit.
  • Medical Tape – This one goes hand-in-hand with the gauze to make sure it stays on tightly. However, you never know when you’ll need medical tape to fix that broken toy or temporarily fix eyeglasses while you’re away. Medical tape can be used for LOTS of things!
  • Instant Cold Pack – For about five dollars you can pick up 2-3 instant cold packs at your local pharmacy (i.e. CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.) These work great for bumps and bruises and even for cooling down a child who is overheated during a hot summer.
  • Thermometer – There are so many different kinds of thermometers on the market these days that this will be purely your preference. Whether you want an electronic, disposable, digital, thermal or whatever the case may be, just make sure you have something in your first aid kit that you’re comfortable using.
  • Vaseline – Vaseline has so many different uses that it’s a no brainer to include it in your kit. Dry skin issues are something that vaseline is good at fixing including dry chapped lips. But did you know it’s also good for getting stains out of kids clothing or gum out of their hair? All the more reason to include it in your kit.
  • Medications (Infant Tylenol / Children’s Motrin / Benadryl / Anti-diarrheal) – Medications are an essential component of a good first aid kit and you need to make sure you’re including medicines that your child may need. Most common first aid kits only contain aspirin which is why we recommend building your own personalized first aid kit. Kids are going to need specific medicines like Infant Tylenol or Children’s Motrin so stock up on the smaller sizes at your local Walmart or Target and make sure you have a variety of items to match just about any ailment.
  • Sunblock – Sunburn can be extremely painful for a child and keeping a small bottle of at least SPF-50 in your kit is one of the smartest things you can do.

Outside of the items above there are a few things you may want to add as well:

  • Insect Sting Relief Pads
  • Insect Repellent
  • Ace Bandage
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Nail Clippers
  • Sterile Gloves
  • Pocket Emergency Guide

If you have all of these items in your first aid kit you will be well prepared to deal with just about any ailment, cut, bump or bruise your child will have.

Now, where do you put it all? A great idea is to hit the sporting goods section of your local store and find an inexpensive (normally $10-15) fishing tackle box. These boxes are great as they’re sturdy plastic, close up tightly, are waterproof and can fit just about anywhere in your home or car. Plus it has a convenient handle on top in case you need to bring it with you. In addition, the inside will have numerous trays and individual storage areas that are perfectly sized to hold all of the items above.

Being prepared when it comes to your children is half the battle. Take some time this weekend and make a First Aid Kit checklist for your children. You’ll be glad you did!

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