If this is an emergency, please call 000 immediately.

What is a first aid kit?

A first aid kit is an essential item for the home, workplace and vehicles.

View our range of first aid kits here.

This guide is regularly updated and aligns with the current edition of Australian First Aid (4th edition, 7/2011)

Checklist

Check the contents of your kit regularly, and ensure that:

      • items have been cleaned
      • packets are properly sealed
      • items have not exceeded expiry dates
      • previously used items have been replaced

Basic first aid kit items

      • Non-stick wound dressings
      • Adhesive strips (e.g. Bandaids)
      • Combine & eye pads
      • Gauze swabs
      • Alcohol & antiseptic swabs
      • Triangular bandages
      • Crepe bandages
      • Disposable hand towels
      • Stainless steel scissors
      • Blunt-nosed shears
      • Saline solution
      • Safety pins
      • Plastic bags
      • Stainless steel tweezers
      • Thermo/shock blanket
      • Notepad & pencil
      • Disposable nitrile gloves
      • Bite & itch relief gel
      • Cold pack (disposable)
      • CPR protection mask

Additional products

      • Antiseptic cream
      • Laxatives
      • Analgesic tablets
      • Allergy preparations
      • Anti-nausea preparations
      • Anti-diarrhoea preparations
      • Sunscreen, sunburn-relief
      • Ear ache drops
      • Eye drops
      • Cotton buds
      • Finger stalls
      • Medicine measuring cup
      • Thermometer
      • A blue asthma inhaler (if permitted).

Resources

First aid kit checklist

Printable CPR Wallet Card

Related advice

How to perform CPR on an adult

If an adult is unresponsive and not breathing normally, you need to call 000 for emergency help and start CPR straight away. Learn what to do.

How to respond to a choking adult or child

Choking occurs when something gets stuck in, and blocks, a person's throat or windpipe.

How to treat burns and/or scalds

Burns and scalds are damage to the skin caused by heat.



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