It’s not necessary to have all types of medical supplies available during day-to-day life, but there are some medical supplies that you should always have on hand. Whether you’re alone, caring care of an older loved-one, looking after children, or somewhere in the middle, having a decent first aid kit readily available can make a huge difference when accidents happen.
Here is our recommended list of medical supplies to have on hand at home, in your car, or in your travel bags.
Wound Care Medical Supplies
The basics of most first aid kits focus on wound care for less serious injuries. Taking the time to prepare a basic first aid kit can give you peace of mind knowing that you can help if an accident happens.
Make sure your kit includes:
- Wound cleanser to help prevent infection
- Gauze to cover larger wounds and prevent dirt and bacteria from entering the wound
- Triangular bandage to use as a sling, towel, or tourniquet
- Butterfly wound closure
- Adhesive tape to secure bandages or splints in place
- Pressure bandage
- Safety pins to help remove splinters and to secure triangular bandage sling
- Alcohol pads to disinfect equipment, clean wound sites, and clean the skin before an injection
- Tweezers to remove splinters, insect stings, or ticks
- Pocket mask for if you need to perform CPR
- Cotton balls/swabs
- Medical gloves
- After-burn cooling gel
- Instant cold pack
Medical Supplies For Traveling
Having a designated medical kit to have with you when traveling is important whether you’re alone or with your family. Minor accidents can be a huge inconvenience when you’re in a new place, and having a few things on hand can keep your trip enjoyable even if small accidents happen.
Here are our suggested items to pack in your kit, which you can further customize according to your family’s needs.
- First, make sure you include an easy-to-read list of yours and other family member’s medical conditions, doctors, insurance information, and emergency contacts.
- Antiseptic wipes such as alcohol pads
- Antibacterial soap
- Sterile bandages and band-aids
- Scissors, tweezers (if you’re flying, make sure your airline allows you to have these in your bags!)
- Small flashlight
- Safety pins
- Strong sunscreen
- Insect repellant
- Nasal spray decongestant
- Basic over-the-counter medications, including aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, antihistamine, antacids, decongestants, and motion sickness medication
Personal Care Medical Supplies
If you are caring for an older loved one, there are certain supplies that they might need to remain comfortable as they go about their lives. Having these things on hand prevents awkward or difficult situations and helps your loved one to function as normally as they can without feeling like a burden for needing the extra supplies!
- Adult Diapers
- Washable Bed Pads
- Disposable Bed Pads/Pillowcases
- Creams and Lotions
- Dry Wipes
- Cloths, Wipes & Sprays
- Specialty Dinnerware & Silverware
Stock Your Medical Supply Shelf With Affordable Medical Supply
Now that you know which medical supplies you should have access to at all times, why not get started filling up your personal medical kit? Affordable Medical Supply stocks everything you may need, with supplies ranging from bandages and gauze all the way to diagnostic tools or walkers. Get in touch with us today to experience our warm care for yourself and construct the perfect medical kit for your family.
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