Anything can happen on the road. From car sickness to major roadside accidents, you want to make sure you are prepared. Do you currently have a first aid kit in the car to help with these types of incidents? You may want to consider putting one under a seat or in the trunk in case of an emergency. There are plenty of different first aid kits out there, but here are some tried-and-true options that would be smart to keep with you while traveling.
First off, you want to determine what you’ll need in a first aid kit before you pick a certain one. If you have children in your family, include child and infant versions of the supplies listed below.
- Adhesive Band-Aids
- Gauze pads
- Safety pins
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic and hydrocortisone cream
- Antihistamine for allergic reactions
- Hand sanitizer
- Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or other pain-relieving medication
- Insect bite relief pads
- Cotton balls
- A digital thermometer
- Anti-nausea medication.
- An extra blanket, or more depending on the size of your family
- A flashlight with extra batteries
- Diapers, bottles, or sippy cups
- Non-perishable food like granola bars
Tips For Using Your First Aid Kit
Now that you have the supplies you need, you’ll want to make sure you are doing everything correctly in the case of an emergency or illness. Here are some basic tips to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
- Take a first aid or CPR course: Sign up for a Basic First Aid or CPR certification course that teaches you the essential skills you need to use your first aid kit in the event of an emergency.
- Always disinfect: Make sure you disinfect your hands and the area of injury before treating any type of wound.
- When in doubt, call 911: As soon as you determine CPR is needed, call 911. For those with serious injuries — or for anyone you believe needs extra treatment — call 911. When in doubt, always call!
- Don’t forget to restock: If you ever need to use something in your first aid kit, don’t forget to replace those items ASAP.
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Available First Aid Kits
Finally, here are some recommended first aid kits that have most of the supplies you will need in the event of an emergency while traveling.
- Johnson & Johnson All-Purpose Compact First Aid Kit
- FAO-442 All-Purpose First Aid Kit
- LightningX Small First Responder Trauma Kit
- Tidy Globe Complete First Aid Kit
Purchase one of these or build your own to make sure you are prepared for what could happen in the car. For everything else, visit Limbaugh Toyota and we will make sure you are ready to get on the road with confidence!