First-Aid Essentials Household mishaps can occur when you least expect them. It’s a good idea to keep first-aid kits in your home and cars, and stock them with the following items. Don’t forget to the check the product’s expiration date before using.

  1. analgesic (pain reliever)
  2. antibiotic ointment
  3. antacid
  4. antihistamine
  5. decongestant
  6. fever reducer
  7. hydrocortisone
  8. antiseptic such as hydrogen peroxide
  9. adhesive bandages
  10. elastic bandages/safety pins
  11. adhesive tape
  12. gauze pads
  13. tweezers
  14. thermometer
  15. calibrated measuring spoon
  16. alcohol wipes
  17. disinfectant
  18. instant cold packs