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Your medical kit

Your medical kit

With December being prevention of injuries month, we thought it would be a perfect time to let you know what essential items need to be part of your home medical kit. Every home needs a medical kit, as accidents can happen all to quickly. Take the time to prepare a kit suitable for home as well as for travel.

The contents of your home medical kit should reflect your medical training knowledge and also how far you are from professional medical help.

Your medical kit should include:

For pain and fever

– Pain relievers

– Thermometer

– Pain-relieving rub or cream

– Heating and cooling pads


For coughs, colds and sore throats

– Cough medicine

– Decongestant

– Throat spray and/or lozenges



For allergies and skin rashes

– Antihistamines

– Eye drops

– Anti-itch cream or lotion


For stomach and digestion problems

– Anti-diarrhoeal medication

– Antacid or acid reducer

– Laxative

– Anti-nausea medication

– Oral rehydration formulation


For cuts, scratches, and burns

– Antiseptic spray or cream

– Bandages, gauze pads, adhesive tape and shields

– Burn lotion or ointment

– Elastic bandage


For babies and toddlers

– Nasal aspirator

– Decongestant liquid for aspirator

– Thermometer

– Colic medication

– Pain and fever medication

– Saline drops



– Petroleum jelly

– Scissors and tweezers

– Safety pins

– Plasters in various sizes

– Disposable sterile gloves

– Sterile eye dressing

– Distilled water

– Cotton swabs and cotton balls

– Anaesthetising ear drops

– Sunscreen SPF30 or higher

– Probiotics



– The best place to keep your medical kit is in the kitchen as most family activities take place here. The bathroom has too much humidity, which shortens the shelf life of certain items.

– The travel kit is for trips away from home. Keep it in a suitcase, backpack, or dry bag, depending on the activity.


– For your travelling kit, be prepared to take enough medication to last at least as long as you are going to be travelling for.

– Always carry your medical information with you, or keep it in your kit at all times.

– Always keep your medical kit fully stocked.