25 Emergency Items You Should Put in a First Aid Kit

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A well-stocked first-aid kit is just one of the essentials you'll want to keep around in case of emergency. And while you can certainly buy a pre-made kit, building your own will allow you to customize your supplies and stock up in quantities that won't require immediate replenishing. Here are 25 products that can help you better respond to all kinds of precarious situations.

American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid Manual, 5th Edition
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Price: $12.92 | Buy it on Amazon
Need a little extra guidance during an emergency? Though it's no substitute for a first-aid class, this comprehensive book will walk you through what to do in case of 100 different conditions, with large color photos to help.

Dynarex Instant Cold Packs
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Cold packs are a quick, convenient way to reduce swelling and pain after an injury. These instant cold packs don't even need to stay in the freezer: Just squeeze them together to activate them.

Majestic Bombay Surgical Tweezers
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A good pair of surgical tweezers is a must for removing foreign objects like splinters, metal, or glass from under the skin. The sharp tips also make them ideal for removing painful ingrown hairs.

Tempo Medical Splint
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Broken bones or soft-tissue injuries are common but oh-so-painful. This lightweight, 36-inch waterproof splint can help keep the injured area still to prevent further damage. It's reusable and can be doubled or cut up to fit.

Band-Aid Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages
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To protect everyday scrapes, adhesive bandages are a no-brainer. These Band-Aids are stretchable and breathable, with a nonstick pad to cover the wound while it heals.

Dynarex Triangular Bandages
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Large triangular bandages are a versatile addition to any first-aid kit: They're large enough to immobilize injuries and can double as a sling. In a pinch, they can also help control bleeding from larger wounds.

Kinsa QuickCare Smart Digital Thermometer
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Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
Take the guesswork out of taking temperatures with this digital thermometer. It has a large digital display but also connects to your phone via Bluetooth to better remember previous temperatures and offer guidance.

Dr. Scholl's Moleskin Plus Padding Roll
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Blisters, corns, calluses, and other minor foot issues can become a major problem for those who have to be on their feet. This self-stick moleskin roll can be cut and shaped to fit any area, providing temporary relief.

ACE Elastic Bandages with Hook Closure
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Price: $6.06 | Buy them on Amazon
Elastic bandages are a must for supporting minor strains or sprains. The hook closure on these washable, odor-resistant bandages means you won't need to mess with any clips to secure them.

Save-A-Tooth Preserving System
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Price: $13.42 | Buy it on Amazon
Preserving a knocked-out tooth can potentially save you thousands at the dentist. This kit can keep the tooth alive for up to 24 hours, giving you more time to seek treatment.

Band-Aid Mirasorb Gauze Sponges
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Gauze is a must for cleaning and protecting wounds and burns. These low-lint 4-by-4-inch gauze sponges are designed to be extra soft and absorbent. They're individually wrapped, making them especially easy to toss in your first-aid kit.

Nexcare Clear First-Aid Tape
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Hold that gauze on hard-to-bandage areas with this stretchy, clear first-aid tape. It's made with a hypoallergenic adhesive to avoid irritating the skin.

Medique Medi-First Antiseptic Wipes
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Price: $2.49 | Buy them on Amazon
Sometimes soap and water just isn't an option. In those cases, these individually packaged antiseptic wipes can help prevent infection by cleaning up minor injuries on the spot.

Neosporin Original Ointment
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Another great option for preventing infection, Neosporin can keep a minor wound or burn protected for up to 24 hours. It also reduces scarring.

PrimeMed Bulk First-Aid Kit Medicine Refills
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These little packets make it easy and convenient to stock your first-aid kit with three common painkillers. You'll get 10 packets of Aspirin, 10 packets of acetaminophen, and 10 packets of ibuprofen.

First Aid Only PhysiciansCare Bandage Shear
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Price: $3.56 | Buy it on Amazon
Whether you need to cut gauze, first-aid tape, a stubborn bandage or even clothing to treat a wound, these titanium shears are up to the task. And at 4 inches, they won't take up too much room in your first-aid kit.

Greadio Emergency Weather Solar Crank Radio
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This solar-crank radio does it all. Aside from receiving AM, FM, and weather radio, it also functions as an emergency flashlight, an SOS alarm, and a 2000 mAh powerbank that can charge up phones or other devices with the built-in USB port.

Caladryl Clear Lotion
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Whether you've got poison ivy, a nasty bug bite, or some other minor skin irritation, this Caladryl lotion is a must. It goes on clear and acts as a pain reliever, skin-protectant, and itch reliever.

The Safety Zone Nitrile Exam Gloves
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One of the best ways to keep from spreading germs is by slapping on some gloves before tending to an injury. These puncture-resistant latex-free gloves come in four sizes and are finely textured for better grip.

PrimeMed Complete Medicine Kit for Digestion and Stomach Issues
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Help out anyone who's feeling a little green with these individual medicine packets. You'll get five packets of the following: Medi-Lyte, which can replace electrolytes; Diamode, an anti-diarrheal; Diotame, which helps soothe upset stomachs; and an antacid to tame gas and bloating.

American Diagnostic Adsafe CPR Pocket Resuscitator
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This pocket resuscitator make a scary situation a bit easier to tackle with a filter-protected one-way valve designed to help resuscitate adults, kids, or infants. It's compatible with standard breathing equipment and comes in its own storage case.

Medique Medi-First Eye Wash
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Grab this 4-ounce sterile irrigating saline eyewash when someone has foreign particles in their eyes and needs quick relief. It comes in a squeezable single-use bottle for easy portability and use.

Vaseline Pure Ultra White Petroleum Jelly
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Packaged in convenient 3.25-ounce squeezable tubes, this medical-grade petroleum jelly can help soothe rashes, keep skin from becoming irritated and stand in for lip balm in a pinch.

S.O.L. Emergency Blanket
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Losing too much body heat can be dangerous any time of year, and this heat-reflective blanket can help prevent that. This one is waterproof, windproof, and more durable than most mylar blankets.

Q-tips Cotton Swabs Purse Packs
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Whether you need to clean a wound or apply some sort of ointment, cotton swabs are a must to keep a lid on germs and keep pain to a minimum. These Q-tips come packaged in convenient travel-size cases, perfect for first-aid kits.

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