Facebook Twitter Google+ Print

Family Health Kit Essentials

Be prepared for life’s bumps and bruises! Whether you're assembling a kit for home, college or travel, these inexpensive supplies will handle most minor injuries and illnesses.
Article Photo

First Aid Essentials

  • Thermometer
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Acetaminophen and ibuprofen
  • Antibacterial gel, spray or ointment to soothe, speed healing and prevent infections
  • Rubbing alcohol to sterilize medical supplies like thermometers as well as tables and countertops
  • Bandages of various sizes—Wear waterproof varieties in the shower, pool or while working in the garden
  • Gauze pads & adhesive tape—Soak in antibacterial solution to clean, disinfect and dress minor cuts and wounds; gauze doubles as a bandage when used with adhesive tape
  • Cough and cold medications

And Don’t Forget…

  • Antacids & anti-diarrheals
  • Aloe lotion to soothe sunburn and dry skin
  • Sunscreen for year-round application before outdoor activity, especially during peak sun (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Sunscreen has a shelf life! Replace bottles that are past their expiration date or are more than two years old.
  • Lip balm — Choose one with an SPF of 15 or more to prevent sunburn; lip balms with moisturizing agents soothe dry skin
  • Hand sanitizers are available in assorted scents and sizes — Apply often at work or school to fight off cold and flu; portable sizes are great for killing germs on-the-go
  • Scissors and tweezers to remove surface splinters and change bandages
  • Rubber gloves to limit the spread of disease when dressing wounds or treating a sick family member

 

For Special Health Needs

  • Epinephrine pen for a food allergy or insect allergy
  • Glucose and insulin supplies and equipment
  • Prescription medications

 

Store Medications Safely

  • Use a plastic box, bag, backpack or other container to hold your supplies; add an index card with phone numbers for poison control, emergency contacts and the Giant Eagle pharmacyEven if your numbers are programmed into your phone, paper copies will come in handy if your phone (or your home) loses power.
  • Keep all medications in a dry, room-temperature area out of the reach of children; check expiration dates on all medications. Expired or improperly stored medication breaks down over time, making it ineffective — it may even make you sick!

Save Money