First-aid kit checklist

First-aid kit checklist

When you’re heading off on a family holiday, make sure you pack a first-aid kit!


Travelling to new places exposes us to different situations and organisms to those at home. On top of this, overexposure to the sun during beach holidays might result in sunburn, heatstroke or heat exhaustion.

In addition to making sure you and your children drink enough water, eat regularly, get enough rest, wear sunglasses and a sun hat and use a high SPF sunscreen when going out, take a fully stocked first aid kit with you – just in case.

NetCare 911 suggests the following checklist:

  • 4 packs of sterile gauze
  • Adhesive, hypoallergenic tape
  • Adhesive bandages in several sizes
  • 2 triangular elastic bandages
  • Crepe roller bandages – 1 large and 1 small
  • Sterile dressings – 2 large and 2 small
  • Burnshield dressings of various sizes
  • 2 eye pads with bandages
  • Pack of sterile cotton wool swabs
  • Assorted plasters
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic cream
  • 1 pack of paracetamol tablets and liquid paracetamol
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Additional supplies of prescription medication
  • Tweezers
  • Sharp scissors
  • 6 safety pins
  • Face cloth
  • Thermometer
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • Space blanket
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • List of emergency contact numbers, eg ambulance, family doctor, paediatrician


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