Your bathroom is likely stocked with plenty of first aid supplies, but that won’t do you much good if an injury happens away from home. Put together a basic first aid kit to keep in your car, whether you’re taking a week long road trip or just running errands with the kids.
First you need a container to keep the first aid supplies together. The type of container you choose depends on where you plan to keep the first aid kit within the car. If you want to keep it under the passenger seat, look for a long, flat container. A divided plastic container you might find for beads or other small items would work well. If you keep it in the trunk, you have more room for a larger plastic tub or bag.
Choose a container that closes completely — either with a lid that snaps tightly or a zipper if you use a bag. Choose something that is durable so you can grab it quickly without the container breaking or contents spilling.
Now you’re ready to fill your car first aid kit. Start with the basics that you would need in case of a minor injury. These items are staples in any first aid kit:
- first aid ointment
- gauze and tape
- antiseptic wipes
- instant cold compresses
- pain reliever (including children’s pain reliever if you have kids)
Add any other items depending on your personal needs. For example, you might have prescription medications or an EpiPen for allergic reactions.
Using the First Aid Kit
Any time you use the first aid kit in your car, make sure you replenish the supplies. It doesn’t do you any good if you reach for an instant cold pack the next time someone bumps their head only to find you didn’t put a new one in.
You should also check the quality of the supplies. Because the kit is in a car, it is exposed to extreme temperatures. Replace old first aid kit items that are affected by extreme heat or cold.
With a little prep, you have a handy kit right in your car in case you, someone you know or a complete stranger needs help.