An Auto First Aid Kit For Travelling Safely
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.
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:
- Cleansing agent or soap
- First Aid manual
- Latex gloves
- Matches or a lighter in a sealed plastic bag
- Moistened towelettes
- Nonprescription drugs such as aspirin or tylenol, antacids, laxatives, and anti-diarrhea
- Safety pins
- 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)
- Tongue depressors (3)
- Triangular bandages (4)
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
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.
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:
- Utility Knife
- Booster Cables
- Road Flares
- Tire Inflator
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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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