A Medicines Box Filled with First Aid Essentials

To help you be prepared for any bumps, grazes or minor injuries it’s best to keep a well-stocked first aid kit at home.

But, what should you keep in it?

Here’s our top tips on everything you should keep in a first aid kit.

Your first aid kit essentials

To help you be prepared for any minor bumps or grazes having a well-stocked first aid kit is an essential. Your kit should have:

  • Bandages
  • Plasters
  • Thermometer
  • Antiseptic creams or wipes
  • Eyewash solution
  • Sterile dressings
  • Medical tape
  • Tweezers

Here’s some of our favourite first aid kit essentials:

LloydsPharmacy Stretch Bandage

Available in a variety of different sizes, the bandages can be used to help secure dressings. When using them try to secure the bandage using a figure of eight movement where possible.

LloydsPharmacy Crepe Bandage

These bandages can treat sprains and strains and help support and injuries. These are available in a variety of different sizes and made of 100% cotton.

LloydsPharmacy Clear Plasters 40 Assorted

These come in an assortment of shapes and sizes for various cuts and scrapes, they are made of breathable and wash proof fabric.

LloydsPharmacy Flexi Tip Thermometer

This thermometer has a soft, flexible tip that makes to quick and easy to measure temperatures and gives you readings in just 60 seconds.

LloydsPharmacy Antiseptic Wipes 10 Wipes

These are quick drying wipes with aloe vera to help soothe the skin while also disinfecting minor wounds such as cuts and grazes.

LloydsPharmacy Wash Proof Dressing Strips 10 Strips

These dressing strips re made from a breathable fabric to help with wound healing. There also made from low allergy, latex free materials to reduce the risk of allergic reactions. Plus, you can cut them to the size you need.

LloydsPharmacy Microporous Tape

This tape helps to hold surgical dresses in place. It’s breathable, and made of low allergy, latex free adhesive to reduce allergic reactions and is suitable for even sensitive skin.

Managing pain

From headaches and period cramps to injuries or aches, keeping some pain relief, like ibuprofen or paracetamol on hand can help you manage your pain. You could try:

LloydsPharmacy Paracetamol 500mg 16 capsules*

Easy to swallow capsules for the relief of mild to moderate pain such as headaches, sore throat, migraine, period pains and can help to reduce a fever.

LloydsPharmacy Ibuprofen 200mg*

Anti-inflammatory tablets to help relieve you of backache, migraines, headaches, period pain, muscle pains and symptoms of colds and flu.

LloydsPharmacy Reusable Hot Cold Pack

Heat therapy can help provide drug free relief for everyday pain you might experience from muscle aches, period cramps or back pain. Cold can help to reduce swelling from an injury or ease a headache.

Antihistamines and allergy relief

Whether you have hay fever or other allergies or need to deal with the occasional insect bites, keeping antihistamines around can come in handy. From creams or tablets, you can find antihistamines that suit you and your symptoms. You could try:

LloydsPharmacy Hayfever Relief – Nasal Spray*

This contains 100 sprays, for the relief of symptoms of hay fever such as runny or blocked noses. It contains Beclometasone Dipropionate and is for adults.

LloydsPharmacy Hayfever and Allergy Relief 10mg Tablets*

These are easy to swallow tablets that can be taken to daily to relieve symptoms, such as sneezing and itchy eyes, from allergies, hay fever, skin allergies, dust allergies and pet allergies.

Relief from digestive discomforts

From anti-diarrhoea tablets, to rehydration treatments or indigestion treatments, there are some treatment options you should keep in your first aid kit to help you manage your symptoms when you need it. You could try:

LloydsPharmacy Rehydration Treatment 6 Sachets*

For the relief of acute diarrhoea, these sachets help with treating and preventing dehydration as they replace any fluids and body salts lost.

Don’t forget sunscreen

Keeping sun cream of a SPF30 can help you remember to apply it before you go out so you can protect yourself against sunburn. You could try:

Solero Moisturising Sun Spray 200ml

This sun cream has triple protection against UVA, UVB and IR-A rays. It is also water resistant and helps prevent premature skin ageing and sun induced wrinkles.

Don’t forget to get a medicines box:

If you’re looking for something to store your first aid kit you can get a free medicines box if you spend over £25 on our LloydsPharmacy Own Brand products online, so you can get all your first aid essentials in one place.

*Always read the label and ask our pharmacist for advice