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An Auto First Aid Kit For Travelling Safely

Updated on October 25, 2009

When you're travelling, the last thing you want is to be slowed down by a medical emergency. Travelling is always more enjoyable when the family is safe and healthy. One way to ensure their safety is by carrying an auto first aid kit. Auto first aid kits contain almost all the items you would need for either a small crisis or a major emergency. With an auto first aid kit you can treat everything from minor cuts and scrapes to headaches to sprains, and even be prepared to administer CPR. Hopefully you won't need to.

Experts Recommend an Auto First Aid Kit

Almost every health care professional and safety enthusiast recommends carrying an auto first aid kit with you everywhere. If you think you won't have enough room, there are compact kits with just the basics that can fit in a backpack, a briefcase, a purse and even the most jam packed vehicle. For regular travel, like to the grocery store or soccer game, carry a complete kit stocked for all situations.

Everyone should carry a basic first aid kit.
Everyone should carry a basic first aid kit.

Make Your Own Auto First Aid Kit

The most convenient option for an auto first aid kit is to purchase one that is already stocked with the necessities. However, you can choose to assemble your own. The following is a list of basic items to start with:

  • Antiseptic
  • Candles
  • Cleansing agent or soap
  • First Aid manual
  • Latex gloves
  • Matches or a lighter in a sealed plastic bag
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Needle
  • Nonprescription drugs such as aspirin or tylenol, antacids, laxatives, and anti-diarrhea
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Sterile adhesive bandages in different sizes
  • Surgical Tape
  • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (5-6)
  • 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3-4 rolls)
  • 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3-4 rolls)
  • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (5-6)
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue depressors (3)
  • Triangular bandages (4)
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Tweezers

Always restock items immediately after using them so you are prepared for the next time you need to use your first aid kit. It may be handy to keep a list of everything so that when you do run out of something, you can refer to the list to replace it.

A complete travel first aid kit has everything you need.
A complete travel first aid kit has everything you need.

Other Items In An Auto First Aid Kit

Of course, when travelling, there are other items you will need in your auto first aid kit:

  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Utility Knife
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Booster Cables
  • Road Flares
  • Tire Inflator
  • S.O.S. Banner
  • Blankets

Always seek medical care for serious injuries.
Always seek medical care for serious injuries.

Auto First Aid Kits Vary In Price

The cost of an auto first aid kit is typically determined by its style and size. Basic or personal kits will cost around $20-$25. Kits that cost in the range of $25-$75 usually come organized for quick and easy access to supplies and will include specialized items for travel; flares and booster cables, etc. Kits over $75 typically contain advanced products for use by professionals, EMTs, or the highway patrol.

So the next time you hit the road, be sure to pack your new auto first aid kit. But remember: Use of a first aid kit is not a substitute for professional medical care. Visit your doctor or a hospital as soon as possible.

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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Absolutely correct. Thanks for that info!

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      National Auto Guardian 

      9 years ago

      This is a definite must have in any vehicle. Just be careful about any products in your first aid kit that cannot be store above a certain temperature, especially in hotter climates like Arizona in the summertime.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Always a good idea to be well prepared when you venture out!

    • neysajasper profile image


      9 years ago

      nice hub though i know about all these things but never cares. But after reading your hub i like to well maintain it once again.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      I'm not a germophobe but I love isopropyl alcohol and bleach. Those are usually the first things I pick up whenever I travel somewhere.

    • quicksand profile image


      9 years ago

      I always carry some of the stuff you have mentioned here. Just a few items like aspirin, bandages, scissors, and of course a disinfectant like dettol and cotton wool. The disinfectant is used to clean the toilet seat as my confidence in hotels irrespective of the star grading is not 100%.

      Thanks for the list. I see I have to make some additions to what I usually carry. :)

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Don't leave home without it! :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I think this is a must have anytime one travels.


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