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What You Should Have Inside Your First Aid Kit

My firstborn has always been a safety conscious, rule follower. He has never been one to do anything too daring or something that might end in an injury, which is so nice because I rarely worry about him getting hurt. Then came my second child, who we nicknamed Hurricane Haddie. You can probably imagine the difference in their personalities by nickname alone; while my son is cautious, my daughter is a force of nature. She is constantly climbing where she shouldn’t, jumping from too far away, and demands that “she do it all by herself!” Oh brother.

As you can imagine, we’ve seen a huge uptick in the injury count since Hurricane Haddie became mobile a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve had to really beef up my wound care techniques and with it, my first aid kit. Here are some of my must-have items for a first aid kit: perfect for use at home, on the road, or in bad weather.

Portable Cell Phone Charger

Since I live in the tornado belt, the spring severe weather season is no joke. And yet for all the years I’ve spent watching late night weather radars and listening for tornado sirens, there is always one thing I’m unprepared for: a dead cell phone. Grab a portable cell phone charger or backup battery in case you need to call for an emergency and you’re phone is low on battery.

Safety Pins

They don’t take up much space but they have plenty of uses in an emergency. Use them to hold together bandages or even to help get a splinter out. You probably already have some at home, so all you need to toss a couple in your kit!

Waterproof Band-Aids

First and foremost, you’ve gotta be stocked with Band-Aids of all different shapes and sizes (grab a variety kit if you want!). But a recent addition to my kit has been Band-Aids of the waterproof variety, which is especially nice in the summer. I especially like this style because they’re clear, which earns cool points from my kids but also helps them forget about it later so they don’t start playing with it.

Eye Drops

From simple things like getting dust in your eyes to more important things like rubbing your eyes after touching something you think could be harmful, there are a billion opportunities to use eye drops. This is especially important for contact wearers, you can’t help anyone if you can’t see clearly yourself!


Anti-bacterial gel and Band-Aids are like Thing 1 and Thing 2, you really need to have both to use together. I like to keep a tube of Neosporin with my Band-Aid stash, but even better, I LOVE this Neo to Go which easily clips on to my diaper bag and I can take it out and spray on playground boo-boos as needed!

Pain Reliever

I mean, obviously. And you probably already have pain relievers in your medicine cabinet to begin with, but it’s always nice to keep some in your first-aid kit as well in case you need to take it with you on the go. I keep different levels of Tylenol on hand at all time (infant through adult) but the chewable version is a big hit with my kids because I *might* fudge the truth a little bit and tell them it’s candy.

Mini Flashlight

Again, another item you probably have in your house but I also like to keep in our first aid kit for when we are camping or in case of a tornado. Just toss one of these mini-flashlights in your kit (don’t forget the batteries!) and you’re good-to-go even in the dark.

Grab a small box or locked caddy to store all of this in—or if you’re in a time crunch and just need something already prepared, you can grab a pre-made first aid kit at Walmart that already has a ton of necessity items—it’s perfect to keep under the seat in your car or in your safe place in case of tornado or other disaster. Print off this first aid quick guide for simple, step-by-step instructions on how to do CPR on all levels, burn treatment, handling heat stroke, and choking—which especially nice to have for when a babysitter is with your kids and you want to make sure they’re prepared in case of emergency! Keep all of these items on-hand and ready so you’re always prepared, especially if you, too, have an adorable little hurricane running around your house.