Whether you’re in the water, on a hike, or playing yard games at home, an unexpected injury can cause panic if you’re not prepared.

By compiling your own first aid kit, you will know exactly what’s in there and where it is for the speediest access. You can even tailor your kit to your specific activities and needs (because you know you’ll probably get some scrapes on that rollerblade trek).

We’ve got a sample list to get you started, but recommend you customize your first-aid kit so it works for your family before you head out for your worry-free adventures this summer:

The Basics

  • 5″x 9″ absorbent compress dressing (2)
  • Adhesive bandages (25)
  • 10 yrds. x 1 in. adhesive cloth tape (1)
  • Antibiotic ointment packets (5)
  • Antiseptic wipe packets (5)
  • Aspirin packets 81 mg each (2)
  • Space blanket (1)
  • Breathing barrier with one-way valve
  • Instant cold compress
  • Non-latex gloves (2 pair)
  • Hydrocortisone ointment packets (2)
  • Scissors
  • 3″ rolled bandage
  • 4″ rolled bandage
  • 3″x 3″ sterile gauze pads (5)
  • 4″x 4″ sterile gauze pads (5)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
  • Triangular bandages (2)
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

Health and Medical Items

  • Epinephrine auto-injector (if prescribed)
  • Bulb suction device (for flushing wounds)
  • Pain relievers (acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin)
  • Never give aspirin to children.
  • Antihistamines & decongestants
  • Cough & cold medications
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Calamine lotion
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxatives
  • Antacids

Emergency Items

  • Emergency phone numbers, including: Contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician
  • Local emergency services, emergency road service providers
  • Poison help line (in the United States (800) 222-1222)
  • Medical consent forms for each family member
  • Current medical history for each family member (including immunizations)
  • Small, waterproof flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries

Now that you’ve got a first aid kit started, think about specific situations you may be in this summer. If you or someone you’re traveling with has a medical condition, pay extra attention to ensure all necessary emergency items are packed.

When it comes to safety, you can never be over prepared! So start making that first aid kit now, and don’t forget to restock when needed. These items can be picked up at your local Meijer store and if you have questions, be sure to stop by a Meijer pharmacy and talk to one of our clinical pharmacists.

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