It is inevitable that most of us may need to use a first aid kit at some point in our life. A first aid kit is a medical supply that is often used in treating minor injuries or cleaning wounds and cuts. Hence, it is important to own one first aid kit at home and whenever you travel so that you are always prepared for the worst to come.

What should I keep in my first aid kit? | Why buy a First Aid Kit?

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Best First Aid Kits for Outdoor, Hiking, Camping Survival

When going for outdoor, hiking, or camping survival activities, accidents tend to happen beyond our control. Thus, it is good to always have a first aid kit by your side so that you could treat the victim as fast as possible. If you wish to purchase a first aid kit, here are the best first aid kits used for outdoor activities:

  • Surviveware small waterproof aid kit
  • Adventure medical kit
  • Everone medical kit
  • Johnson & Johnson All-Purpose medical kit
  • Lightning X First Aid Trauma Bag

What should I keep in my first aid kit?

A basic first aid kit may contain:

  • Plasters and band-aids in a variety of different sizes and shapes
  • small, medium, and large sterile gauze dressings
  • Minimum 2 sterile eye dressings
  • Triangular bandages
  • Crêpe rolled bandages
  • Safety pins
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Disposable sterile gloves/ latex gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • Sticky tape
  • Thermometer (preferably digital)
  • Skin rash cream,) such as hydrocortisone or calendula)
  • Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
  • Antiseptic cream/ spray
  • Painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
  • Cough medicine
  • Antihistamine cream or tablets
  • Distilled water for cleaning wounds
  • Eyewash and eye bath

Why buy a First Aid Kit?

Accidents happen all the time and people get sick. This is part of life. Although we can take steps to reduce injury and illness, the fact remains that an emergency will happen from time-to-time and being prepared for it can help produce the best possible outcome for a victim. Having a well-stocked First Aid kit is an important part of protecting yourself and your family. Many workplaces and homes have these kits. They typically buy them pre-stocked with a wide variety of items that "someone else" has decided is valuable in an emergency.

Where to Keep First Aid Kit

The first aid kit is advisable to be locked and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children. Alternatively, the medical kit can be kept also in the car in case of emergencies.

Home First Aid Kits Contents

A basic household first aid kit should include these items:

  • Adhesive tape
  • Anesthetic spray
  • Sterile gauze pads: for covering and cleaning wounds
  • Ace bandages: for wrapping sprained or strained joints, for wrapping gauze on to wounds, for wrapping on splints
  • Adhesive bandages (all sizes)
  • Topical corticosteroids
  • Aloe vera topical gel or cream for burn relief
  • Exam gloves: for infection protection, also to make into ice packs when filled with water and frozen
  • Polysporin antibiotic cream: to apply to simple wounds
  • Nonadhesive pads: for covering burns
  • Pocket mask for CPR
  • Resealable oven bag: as a container for contaminated articles, can become an ice pack
  • Safety pins (large and small): for splinter removal and for securing triangular bandage sling
  • Scissors
  • Triangular bandage: as a sling, towel, tourniquet
  • Tweezers: for splinter or stinger or tick removal

Where to buy First Aid Kits in Malaysia

In Malaysia, first aid kits can be purchased at pharmacies, red cross, or health and beauty stores. A few of the famous stores that sell First Aid Kits are shops like Guardian, Watsons, Caring pharmacy, and Sunway pharmacy. Alternatively, you can also purchase first aid kits and medical supplies online through merchants like Shopee and Lazada.