One of the most important things you can have in your car is a small first aid kit. I’ll just share with you what’s in mine (or should be in it, if my kids/husband/friends haven’t taken stuff out).
1. ACE bandage. These things are great, sometimes just to get a kid to stop complaining. Make sure not to wind with too much pressure though, you still need nice pink fingers or toes!
2. Assorted bandaids
3. Super Glue (I used some about a year ago in Teton’s National park when Spencer had a date with the asphalt). They have great “single use” packs that I bought at the dollar store. That way you know the lid’s clean and you’re not adding any extra germs. The MOST important part of super gluing cuts is making sure the cut is clean. Personally, if I’m in a location that I can see a physician at I’d go with that. In the tetons, we just weren’t.
4. Assorted medications. Sometimes at Kaiser I can get the pills in the carboard little pocket form. It’s nice to use these since they have an experation date on them, etc. If I don’t have those, I use small bottles from the dollar store. The top few for me are: Tylenol, Sudafed, Benedryl, Ibuprofen, children’s tylenol and zyrtec (or allergy pill of choice). I should probably throw some aspirin in as well, as that can be really helpful if chewed at the first signs of a heart attack.
5. Butterfly bandaids/steri-strips. Much like super glue these can be used to hold cuts together. Same precuations, but the nice thing is that germs/ etc can still travel out with these, the wound isn’t totally closed.
6. A water bottle. To hydrate, wash cuts out with, etc.
7. Scissors. I have some tiny little ones on a pocket knife. Super handy (esp in cases where you have to superglue heads back together).
Of course there are lots of other handy things, but those are the main ones to make sure are available. I also have a 72 hour kit because I’m a good God-fearing Mormon. It’s tucked between the floor and my back seats in the minivan.
I run on the standard of, “if we have it, we won’t need it.” 🙂
Hilary is an RN, BSN who has worked in various medical fields for the past 12 years, however, none of the information on this blog, should be substituted for the care of a physician. The information provided on this blog is informational only and shouldn’t be taken as medical advice. You have instinct, use it — and use it wisely. If you have questions, please ask your doctor. If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911. Also, please don’t delay contacting a physician due to something you have read on here. Pulling Curls doesn’t takeresponsibility for your health. That’s your job. We’re just a nice read.
Added: I have been suckered into the “triangle of life” emails that have gone around lately. Here’s an interesting blog about how the red cross still says to ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On!’