First Aid On-the-Go

A first aid kit, with necessary items to go with the year-round climate, is a must. Skip buying the store-bought kit and make your own. Where possible, buy regular-sized packages of the suggested items below. Then, divide the individual essentials into small-zippered plastic bags (available in the bead section of your local craft store). This is a great afternoon project to do with your kids. Make a kit for dad’s car, mom’s car, vacation travel and one for grandparent’s house. Pack all of the items in a polycarbonate water bottle (many times you can get these for free from local businesses and at expos), cosmetic bags or containers you have on hand.

  • Pain reliever/anti-flammatory reliever
  • Antihistamine
  • Nasal decongestant
  • Anti-diarrhea tablets
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Electrolyte packets
  • Instant cold compress
  • Bandages/mole skin (for blisters)
  • Gauze pads/gauze roll
  • First aid tape
  • First Aid booklet
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Non-latex gloves, two pairs, large
  • Scissors, small
  • Tweezers (for removal of ticks, splinters and such)
  • Thermometer
  • Bandanas (for slings)
  • Safety pins (use with bandanas)
  • Sunscreen, small bottle (for warmer weather)
  • Sunburn relief cream (for warmer weather)

Seasonal Car Survival Kit

     Keep your car packed with emergency necessities in case of a breakdown. You can pack most of these items in a one-pound coffee can. With a rubber band, affix the garbage bags to the outside of the coffee can. Place the blanket, bottled water and coffee can inside a small crate in your trunk or back of your van.    

  • Paper and pen
  • Matches
  • Small flashlight (with fresh batteries)
  • Multi-tool
  • Reflector tape, orange
  • Poncho, orange
  • Whistle
  • Money (about $3.00 in coins and $20 bill)
  • Candles, wrapped in foil
  • Garbage bags, large
  • Protein bars/single-size packages of nuts
  • Bottled water
  • Kitty litter, small bag (for traction in winter months)
  • Old cell phone (cell phones do not need to have a current service contract to dial 911. Be sure the battery is charged and tuck it into your coffee can.)