In case you think that you will need some sort of medical knowledge, don’t be afraid. Preparing a first-aid kit requires only common sense. To make it easier, it’s best to view your car’s first-aid kit as a compact version of your medicine cabinet.
First of all, decide on whether to store your kit in a pouch or a box. If you drive a vehicle with limited space, consider a waterproof sealable pouch as a pouch’s flexibility allows for convenient storage in a side-door shelf, a glove compartment, or under a front seat and it would be a good idea to use a clear, see-through pouch so you can immediately locate needed contents.
Once you’ve decided on a pouch or box, you will need to stock the following:
- 1. Basic Medical Necessities
Aluminum finger splints.
Bandages of various sizes.
Instant cold packs.
Chemical hot packs.
Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs.
Disposable latex or synthetic gloves (at least two pairs).
Disposable mask for CPR.
Gauze pads and roller gauze in various sizes.
Plastic bags for disposal of contaminated materials.
Safety pins in various sizes.
Scissors, tweezers, and a needle.
Soap or instant hand sanitizer.
Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution.
Any type of bulb suction device for flushing out wounds.
Antidiarrheal medication (essential for preventing dehydration).
Over-the-counter oral antihistamines.
Aspirin and nonaspirin pain relievers.
Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.
If prescribed by your doctor, drugs to treat an allergic attack, such as an autoinjector of epinephrine.
Syringe, medicine cup, or spoon.
- 2. Emergency Items
Cell phone with a dashboard-compatible recharger.
Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency service, emergency road service providers, and regional http://www.aapcc.orgPoison Control Center.
Small, waterproof flashlight with extra batteries.
Candles and matches for cold climates (never underestimate the lifesaving abilities of fire).