30 Things you should have in your Medical First Aid Kits

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First Aid Kits are one of those preparedness items that people often neglect. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to get the same attention that things like survival knives, guns and bugout bags get. But when you think about it, a first aid kit is something that’s probably going to get more use than any other item in your survival stash.

A good kit should include:

  1. Butterfly sutures.
  2. Sterile needles
  3. Gauze
  4. Antibiotic Ointments
  5. Antibiotics
  6. Surgical blades.
  7. Floss or Fishing String
  8. Aspirin & Ibuprofen
  9. Antihistamine
  10. Splints
  11. Tweezers
  12. Scissors
  13. Finger Nail Clipper
  14. Povidone Iodine Ampules
  15. Surgical tape
  16. Adhesive dressing
  17. Disposable thermometers
  18. Disposable gloves
  19. Antihistamine cream
  20. Triangular bandages
  21. 100 assorted adhesive plasters
  22. 1 eye dressing
  23. small bottle sterile eyewash
  24. Epipen
  25. 1 tube sun block
  26. Peroxide
  27. Codeine phosphate etc.
  28. 1 bottle alcohol
  29. Burn dressing
  30. Medical Manual or First Air Handbook

What do you have in your medical kit?


55 Responses to " 30 Things you should have in your Medical First Aid Kits " Please share your thoughts...

  1. Simon says:

    Duct Tape

    • jonathan says:

      Duct tape , elastic bandage

      • anagha says:


        • flair says:

          i think so too

      • norgie calimpon bantoc says:

        thats only?

    • random says:

      dnt care

    • norgie calimpon bantoc says:

      i guest emergency kit only and can goods or cup noodles thats only emergency
      no worry

    • jerry says:

      I carry duct tape but its kept in my survival kit. Yes it can be helpful just will supper glue but I keep a blow out kit and a survival kit. I’m sure you could pare these down to one unit but prefer to keep them separate.

  2. Joe says:


  3. Pickdog says:

    Superglue is good for closing wounds.

    • Bill M says:

      Correct. Cyanocrylate was originally manufactured for closing surgeries.. until it was discovered that Doctors were getting stuck to the patients… one thing led to another.. Voila!.. Superglue

    • Katniss says:

      I’ve heard that works but I don’t want to try it.

      • Texas Rocks says:

        I have six children. All but one of them have been repaired by super glue. The first two went to the ER and the doctor cleaned the wound and glued it. We haven’t been back to the ER since. Now it’s almost like a badge of courage, the kids think it’s awesome that they get to use super glue on their cuts. It’s so easy to do my kids have done it themselves.

  4. JimShyWolf says:

    All the above plus: B-P cuff, stethoscope; splints (made of 1/4″ mesh wire w/duct-taped edges; Neosporin (anti-bacterial); face masks; airway rebreather tube kit; mouthguard (for M2M); rubberized chest apron; alcohol wipes; mercurochrome iodide; emergency blanket; only one EMT field guide; a few other ‘small’ items too numerous to mention.

  5. vq5p9 says:

    Antibiotics have a pretty short shelf life. I think I would skip those.

  6. shan says:

    you should have more things in your first aids kit

  7. Bob says:

    Also, it is a felony to possess medicine unless a government approved individual has written you an exemption.

    • Eric says:

      If we are at the point of needing survival gear/supplies/equipment, are we going to worry about getting arrested for posessing it? I would be more concerned with getting killed by someone who wants it.

  8. James says:

    I would include Quickclot if you can get it

  9. scram says:

    If you live in a rural area, join the fire dept, and or ambulance dept. you’ll get a free education and learn absoulute invaluable info, techniques,and experience in fire fighting, rescue, and EMS..And, you’ll be doing the BEST thing for your community !

  10. Spec says:

    All that stuff is fine and dandy but you should get the knowledge to use it befor you buy it. First aid classes and CPR classes are nearly free through the red cross…Taking EMT classes at a comunity college would be very helpful.

  11. tacoma boy says:

    Extra perscriptions you are taking.

  12. Melanie says:

    Hand sanitizer?

    • norgie calimpon bantoc says:

      hand sanitizer?
      why dont you bring some first aid kit
      its all about emergency
      not for arte.

  13. Jim54 says:

    I would leave out the codeine phosphate.

  14. daman says:

    fuk off people

  15. daman says:

    fuk off people suk a DICK

    • rebelstomper says:

      Take your own advice.

    • mike says:

      you don,t have any sence mother focker

    • duke says:

      tell ur mom

  16. shake says:

    what the hell do you need a achol bottle for ….. u gonna drug them

    • joshua says:

      alcohol is for cleaning woundss

    • flair says:

      dont you know its for cuts

      • duke says:


  17. joshua says:

    no boyscout training first?

  18. jay cee says:

    I am a trained nurse,Paramedic and combat medic (UK) so i carry a comprehensive kit. I would add tampons,panty liners heavy absorbency, which make great wound plugs like gauze, and dressings. They have many other uses too,tampons for fire starting. Petroleum jelly as a sealant,also added to cotton wool a long burn firestarter, steristrips and tinc benzoin for wounds, safety pins, potassium permanganate crystals (add to sugar firestarter),add to water purple dye signal, or antifungal for feet)

    • raykay says:

      Do first aide kits come with needles?

  19. jay cee says:

    small wooden tongue depressors (or popsicle type sticks)for finger splints, thermometer strip type, 4 triangular bandages minimum, 4 crepe support bandages,blister kit-molefoam, moleskin,occlusive dressing, plastic bags (can be used for sucking chest wound also)(if you dont have asherman seals etc),burn jel and dressings,(burns are common outdoors),2 pairs artery forceps 1 straight 1 curved many uses,1 needle holder forcep easier to suture if you know how,useful also for sewing repairs,Iodine and eye dropper (water purification), small lighter for sterilising needles, nitrile gloves at least 4 pairs, sterile plastic dressing forceps (tweezers) for wound cleaning using cotton balls or gauze swabs

    • rebelstomper says:

      Was an EMT for a time in the US, a 3m wound stapler may be a good investment when you can’t use sutures, i.e. on yourself without help.

    • brian gonzalez says:

      Hi my name is brianand yourkit is awesome and oh and i just wanted to post stuff peace out YOLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ; )

      • Jenny says:

        why the heck would u post this for no reason

        • duke says:

          want to be noticed lol

  20. George says:

    The medical kit you describe is an excellent baseline of products that are needed. I have read some of the other comments and I agree with jay cee. The items described are a great complement to the baseline you describe. I believe that the superglue, stapler, and RX antibiotics. I think you have to prepare for minimum of 72 hours of emergency care.

  21. Carolyn says:

    What Medical Guide do you suggest?

    • rebelstomper says:

      Carolyn, that all depends on your skill level. Just a book won’t help if you have little or no hands on experience. So let’s say you start out with American Red Cross First Aid course and go from there. Then you can get into more advanced training and books. I.E. Medicine for Mountaineering, Emergency War Medicine, ect.

  22. ben says:

    I really suggest having a snake bite removal kit (I would put at LEAST 2 in my kit just depends on how much my pack weighs (They are not very heavy) I would like to have a bakers dozen)

    • Eric H says:

      Consensus by experts in wilderness medicine suggests that kits like the “extractor” do nothing to treat envenomations. The appropriate anti venom is the only definitive treatment….just don’t get bit again by it cause it only works once.

  23. teri says:

    wow they forgot the twinkies

  24. teri says:

    they forgot twinkies

  25. STParamedic says:

    not going to lie, looking at this list its very comprehensive but a lot of this stuff is not really suitable for first aiders, and also i see a lot of stuff that wouldn’t be available without a prescription

    • EricM says:

      In the US only 3 of the items would need a prescription. Codeine, Epipen, and the antibiotics. There are plenty of OTC painkillers that would work in a pinch. An Epipen would be great, and if you or a family member have asthma or bee sting reations, you most likely have a prescription already. There are plenty of animal grade antibiotics on the market, but without knowing exactly what strain of infection you are dealing with it is kind of pointless, or possibly dangerous. Maybe learn how to run Gram stain tests and ID the bug and have a reference book to determine the proper antibiotic.

  26. muzaffer says:

    its very good site and i really like this

  27. Amus says:

    What about activated charcoal?

  28. norgie calimpon bantoc says:

    how about antiseptic?

    i guest it is ok na for emergency

  29. nilesh bodade says:

    i think codeine is not good idea to keep in first
    aid box.
    some people can do misuse of codeine.

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