We tend to spend a lot of time in our cars. Between work, friends, kids and school it can seem like our car is more home than our home at times. However, we don’t prepare our cars like we do our homes when medical emergencies happen. It doesn’t have to be an accident. Allergic reactions, heart problems, and more have an equal chance of happening on the road as they do anywhere else. Having a first aid kit accessible in your car should be one of those standard items like jumper cables or a spare tire.
What Should You Put In the First Aid Kit?
Start with the basics. Band-aids for small cuts, gauze, an anti-bacterial or anti-inflammatory ointment (like Neosporin) and medical tape are all standard additions to any First Aid Kit, at home or in the car. You also might want to consider blister band-aids, alcohol wipes, scissors, latex gloves and a cold pack.
From your basic kit you can start to build out to something more specific to you or your family’s needs. If you have important medication that you need to take on a regular basis, it is worth it to keep a steady supply in your First Aid Kit. Should you become stranded for some reason the back up pills canbe handy in not only keeping you physically healthy, but relieving the anxietyof missing medication. Other important First Aid Kit items should be anything related to relieving allergic symptoms, whether they be mild or more serious.For example, for asthmatics, having a back up inhaler in your First Aid Kit can be a god send for when you left your regular inhaler at home, or run out of hits. Similarly, basic medications like Benadryl, and Claritin can alleviate minor allergic reactions such as itchiness, and sneezing. Overall, you want to keep any health products you need on hand, should you need them at a moment’s notice.
Where Should You Put Your First Aid Kit?
You want your kit to be easily accessible and easy to find. In a medical emergency seconds can be the difference between life and death, so you don’t want to waste time searching for your First Aid Kit. I like to keep mine in the glove box, as it is easy to access and easy to remember. Other people choose to keep their kits in a trunk area, which while is perfectly fine, takes more time to get to. The most important thing is to pick an area and stick to it. The consistency in placement will make sure that when you need it, you know exactly where your First Aid Kit is.
Many people assume when they buy a new car that it has a First Aid Kit included. However, this is not usually the case. Building your own First Aid Kit for your vehicle will have you more prepared when an emergency comes.