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First Aid Essentials for Summer Time Adventures

Updated on November 29, 2012
Essential First Aid Kit Items
Essential First Aid Kit Items | Source

Summer time adventures can be a lot of fun but they can also be filled with hidden dangers. It is important to have a first aid kit handy for any mishaps you may have during the adventures you take during the summer months.

First Aid Kit Essentials

The items in your first aid kit should be packed in advance before you venture out during the summer months. The items in your first aid kit may vary from time to time because you may need different items for different adventures.

You should also have a first aid kit with you especially if you have young children. You never know when an accident may happen. It is better to be over prepared for an accident than to not be prepared at all.

First Aid Kit Items
Injuries That Can Be Treated
Band aids
Minor Cuts or Scrapes
Minor Cuts or Scrapes
Anitbacterial Cream
Minor Cuts or Scrapes
Used to Prevent Sunburn
Paper Towels
Used to Clean Cuts or Scrapes
Helps to Remove Splinters, etc.
This is a basic overview of items that you may wish to include in your first aid kit.

Importance of First Aid Kits

First Aid Kits are very important because you never know when you may need one. It is important to carry one with you especially while on a summer time adventure away from home. If you are going hiking you want to have basic first aid supplies with you because it will allow you to take care of minor injuries right away rather than having to wait until you arrive back home to do so.

By cleaning cuts and scrapes immediately you can help to prevent any type of infection that you may get by waiting to clean the affected area. You should also be prepared to remove foreign objects from your skin such as splinters or stickers because those types of objects can cause major and dangerous infections if not removed and cleaned properly. Tweezers can also be helpful during tick season because removing any visible ticks immediately reduces the risk of contracting lime disease.

First Aid Kits for Your Car

Everyone should have a first aid kit in their car. You may be involved in a car accident or you may witness a car accident in which a first aid kit is needed. The most important item in a first aid kit for your car is rubber gloves. If you witness an accident and need to assist a victim who may be bleeding you will want to be able to protect yourself while helping the other person. You do not want to put yourself at risk for diseases that may be spread through blood or any other bodily fluids. Other items you should carry in your car are bandages, paper towels, and antiseptic wipes.

You may also want to carry a standard first aid kit for your family for adventures that are spur of the moment. This way you will always be prepared for any adventure you decide to take!

My First Aid Experience

We go camping each year and I always over pack a first aid kit. It came in handy this past year when my daughter had a once in a lifetime type accident at the campground park. My husband was playing a game with her and my stepson inside of the batting cages. She was trying to run through a hole in the net to the cage next to them to gather some balls when she stumped her toe off the ground. After stumping her toe she began to cry a little but after further examination of her toe she realized she was bleeding. As I took a closer look at her foot I noticed that she somehow managed to get a tiny round stone stuck right underneath the skin of her toe. We were able to remove the stone easily. I then ran up to our cabin for my first aid kit which included the peroxide needed to clean the cut, the antibacterial cream, and the band aids to cover the cut and help keep it clean. I never in my life witnessed this type of injury and I may never witness it again, but at least I was prepared for the unexpected!


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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Keeping a first aid kit in the car is SUCH a good idea. My younger son has some medical issues so I always have gauze/tape/neosporin with us. I usually keep a bottle of water in the car - this has come in handy more than once for rinsing out scraped knees!