First Aid Kits & Other Emergency Must-Haves

Emergencies can strike unexpectedly, underscoring the importance of readiness at home and on the go. Our comprehensive guide goes beyond the basics of building first aid kits, exploring additional items and essential supplies to enhance your overall emergency preparedness. Stay informed and empowered with iCare ER & Urgent Care as we provide insights to keep you and your loved ones safe in any situation.

First Aid Kits: Basic Essentials List

Before delving into additional supplies, let’s ensure your first-aid kit is equipped with the basics. The American Red Cross recommends stocking your kit for a family of four with:

  • 5×9 inch absorbent compress dressings (at least 2)
  • At least 25 adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Adhesive cloth tape
  • Five antibiotic ointment packets
  • Five antiseptic wipe packets
  • Two packets of aspirin
  • An emergency blanket
  • A breathing barrier
  • Instant cold compresses
  • Two pairs of non-latex gloves (stock with size large to fit most)
  • Two hydrocortisone ointment packets
  • 3-inch gauze roll
  • One roller bandage
  • Five 3×3 sterile gauze pads
  • Five 4×4 sterile gauze pads
  • An oral thermometer
  • Two triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic solution, like hydrogen peroxide
  • Scissors
  • A splint
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Aloe vera gel or burn ointment
  • A first-aid emergency guide

First-Aid Kit Emergency Must-Haves

Whether opting for pre-made kits or assembling your own, tailor them to your family’s unique needs. Beyond basic supplies, consider including these additional items:

  • Dechoking Device: A dechoking device such as LifeVac, when applied, helps remove obstructions from a person’s airway during a choking emergency, providing a rapid and effective response to potentially save lives.
  • Eye Wash Solution: For flushing out foreign particles or chemicals from the eyes.
  • Instant Glucose for Diabetics: Essential for individuals with diabetes experiencing low blood sugar.
  • CPR Face Shield: Providing a barrier during CPR to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Burn Dressing: Specially designed dressings for treating burns effectively.
  • Medical Shears: Handy for cutting through clothing or bandages in emergencies.
  • Emergency Whistle: A signaling device for attracting attention.
  • Multi-Tool Kit: Includes various tools for utility during emergencies.
  • Tourniquet: Useful for controlling severe bleeding.
  • Emergency Poncho: Keep dry during unexpected weather changes.
  • Space Blankets: Compact and effective for retaining body heat.
  • Trauma Pads: For dressing larger wounds or injuries.
  • Snake Bite Kit: Ideal for outdoor activities in areas with venomous snakes.

Remember to update your kit regularly and tailor it to your family’s changing needs.

Beyond the Kit: Vital Information for Emergencies

Beyond well-equipped kits, a robust emergency plan is essential. Additionally, consider these actions:

  • Familiarize yourself with the nearest ER and Urgent Care: Ensure you and your loved ones have peace of mind by familiarizing yourselves with the nearest treatment facilities.
  • Advanced First-Aid Training: Equip yourself with advanced skills through courses.
  • Local Emergency Services Information: Know the contact details and procedures for local emergency services.
  • AED (Automated External Defibrillator): Consider having one in your home for cardiac emergencies.


In times of uncertainty, the key to true preparedness is comprehensive planning. iCare ER & Urgent Care has equipped you with the knowledge and tools necessary to face emergencies head-on. Our commitment to your well-being extends beyond the home, with facilities conveniently located in Frisco, Fort Worth, and Forney, Texas.

What sets iCare ER & Urgent Care apart is the unique combination of emergency room and urgent care services, all under one roof. Whether it’s a minor injury, a sudden illness, or a more critical situation, our team is ready to provide prompt and expert care. Walk-ins are always welcome, ensuring you receive the attention you need without delay.

Take the next step in your preparedness journey by making iCare ER & Urgent Care your trusted partner in health. Schedule an appointment online or visit one of our locations at Frisco, Fort Worth, or Forney. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we are here to offer the care and support you deserve. Stay prepared, stay safe with iCare ER & Urgent Care.