5 Essential First Aid Items


Walk into any pharmacy or grocery store and you will find shelf upon shelf, filled with hundreds of "over-the-counter" medications, used to treat everything from hair loss to hemorrhoids. This can make creating first aid kits and stockpiling medications a maze of confusion. "Expert" and healthcare professionals have their personal recommendations. The following are five over-the-counter items we suggest that should be bought in bulk and included in all of your first aid and emergency kits.

5 Essential First Aid Items

  1. Aspirin :: Used to relieve pain & inflammation, thin the blood and reduce fever (should not be taken on an empty stomach).
  2. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) :: Used to treat itching, rash, allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), and is commonly found in sleep aids (drowsiness may occur with use).
  3. Pepto-Bismol :: Used to treat indigestion, nausea, heartburn and diarrhea. This is essential in the treatment and prevention of Dehydration.
  4. Neosporin :: Antibiotic ointment for cuts scrapes and burns.
  5. Antiseptic First Aid Powder :: Powder used for cuts, scrapes, rashes and burns. Keeps wounds from oozing and dry preventing infection and chaffing. Has a long shelf life and is lightweight.
  6. Medic Pouch :: Keeping your First Aid items together, organized, and portable is important in the case of an emergency so we suggest keeping them in a MOLLE pouch or heavy duty ziplock bag.

No first aid or emergency kit is complete without these five ingredients, they are inexpensive, easy to find and all treat a variety of health issues. These items will provide a solid foundation on which to build your family's first aid program.

When stored properly, most drugs are “good” (meaning within a reasonable range of their original potency – usually 90%) for years beyond the labeled expiration date when stored properly. Most tablets and capsules require a cool, dark, and dry storage environment (low oxygen is also good).

**NOTICE: None of the foregoing is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or medications. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on 3vgear.com. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.