Now that school is almost out (yikes!) and summertime travel is just around the corner…I thought it might be a good time to do something I’ve been MEANING to do for a very long time. Put together a First Aid Kit for the car.
Everyone will need to use a first aid kit at some time…and of course no one knows when that time will be. So, take some advice from the Boy Scouts and BE PREPARED!
Ready-made first aid kits are available from many stores, but you can make a simple and inexpensive kit yourself. A LOT of the items I included in our first aid kit I already had on hand…just needed some sort of carrier to assemble it all in for the car.
Enter the good ol’ TACKLE BOX. This one set me back about $9.95 at Walmart. It’s probably not the color I would have chosen if I’d HAD a choice….but I can live with it. :-)
Since there are about a million different “LISTS” out there of what should go in a first aid kit…I decided to go with a list from a fairly reputable group….The Red Cross. :-)
The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:
- 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
- 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
- 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
- 1 blanket (space blanket)
- 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- 1 instant cold compress
- 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
- 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
- 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
- 2 triangular bandages
- First aid instruction booklet
Here is what you’ll find in MY travel first aid kit (personalized to our family needs):
And last, but not least…..there is no better tool in the event of an emergency than a CELL PHONE. If you can’t access emergency medical services, your car first aid kit is not complete. Cell phones need to have enough battery power to turn on, but they don’t need a service contract to call 9-1-1. Take that old cell phone you don’t use anymore and put it in your first aid kit for emergencies.
Now that your kit is COMPLETE….make sure you know how to properly use all of the items in your kit...and train OTHERS in your family to use it.
YOU may be the one who needs first aid!