Safety: Car first aid kit

Whether you are planning a long distance drive, day trips or just use the car for carpools and shopping, a first aid kit is an important item to bring along. Use the checklist below to plan your kit, and to keep it stocked.

A tackle box or art-supply box works well for storing the first aid supplies. They are lightweight, have handles for easy carrying, and generally have trays or swing out sections for storing small items.

  • First aid manual, including basic CPR instruction
  • Stretch bandage
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Sterile gauze
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton balls
  • Antiseptic wipes/creams/solutions
  • Burn ointment
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Calamine lotion
  • Antihistamine cream such as Benadryl (children's version, too, for bug bites)
  • Large, square piece of material to make a basic sling
  • Tweezers
  • Sharp scissors
  • Razor blade or knife
  • Latex gloves
  • Instant cold packs
  • Prescription medications in child-proof bottles
  • Syrup of ipecac (talk with your doctor about use)
  • Thermometer
  • Acetaminophen and aspirin (never give aspirin to children under 12)
  • Antacid
  • Water bottle
  • Saline solution for contact lens wearers
  • Eye wash
  • Moist towelettes/wipes
  • Soap
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Small mirror
  • A list of emergency phone numbers
  • Medical history in case of emergency
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