What to Pack in the Family First-Aid Kit

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Whether running errands or embarking on an outdoor adventure, it’s wise to be ready for any emergency. New Castle County Paramedic Cpl. Yvonne Russell advises that in addition to stocking basics like bandages, antibiotic ointment, tissues and hand sanitizer, a first-aid kit should include the following items. Keep a kit at home, in the car and inside your backpack when in the wilderness.


This immediately takes the itch out of bug bites as well as poison oak and ivy.

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In the event of a serious injury, this device will limit the flow of blood. If you don’t have one, you can also use a belt or make one from a stick and rope.


Squeeze to rupture, shake to instantly activate and apply to injured area.


Optimal for comfort and to keep a person warm if they’re hurt and waiting for help.


Include your child’s name, date of birth, current weight, allergies and any medications they’re taking.


Store spare contact lenses, lens cleaner for eyeglasses and a change of clothes.

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You never know when a child might come into contact with a substance that causes an allergic reaction.

Published as “Be Prepared” in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of 302Health magazine.

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