An accident can happen at any time, so it\u2019s important to be prepared with a well-stocked first aid kit. You can purchase a pre-assembled kit, or you can make your own.\n\n\n\n\n\u00a0\nFirst aid kits are great for treating basic injuries and illnesses\u2014from cuts and scrapes to colds and coughs. If you\u2019re making your own first aid kit, experts at UPMC recommend a few essentials, including:\nFirst Aid Kit Items\n\nAdhesive bandages (in assorted sizes)\nAdhesive cloth tape\nRolled gauze and non-stick gauze pads (in assorted sizes)\nElastic bandages\nAntibiotic ointments\nAntiseptic towelettes\nAcetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin (don\u2019t give aspirin to children)\nHydrocortisone cream\nBurn cream\nScissors\nTweezers\nOral thermometer\nSterile eye wash\nPlastic gloves\nFirst aid instruction booklet\nList of emergency numbers\nAdult and children\u2019s diphenhydramine antihistamine\nSting relief wipes\nCravat bandage\/triangular sling\nSterile eye pad\nCold pack\n\nWhen you need medical care that can\u2019t be treated by a first aid kit, visit UPMC CareFinder for the locations of UPMC Urgent Care and Primary Care Walk-in centers, \u00a0Children\u2019s Express Care, and emergency departments. At UPMCAnywhereCare, you can access health care providers 24\/7 online.\n \r\n \r\n Sign up for our family health newsletter \r\n \r\n Enter your email to subscribe\r\n \r\n \r\n\t \r\n \r\n Continue\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n I understand that by providing my email address, I agree to receive emails from UPMC. I understand that I may opt out of receiving such communications at any time.