First Aid Essentials Checklist

The 10 most important items to have in your first-aid kit, according to the American Red Cross.

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    Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes

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    Sterile gauze pads in various sizes and cloth adhesive tape to secure them

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    Latex-free disposable gloves, to protect you from bodily fluids or other matter (latex-free material prevents potential allergic reactions)

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    Thermometer (the digital variety is safest)

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    Triple-antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin)

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    Antiseptic wipes

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    First-aid instructions

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    Topical antihistamines and aspirin (or some other type of over-the-counter pain reliever recommended by your doctor)

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    A face mask to protect you from germs or bodily fluids when administering CPR