Unless you are working on your merit badge, it’s probably been awhile since you’ve thought about a first-aid kit. After all, most of us don’t experience accidents very often (thankfully!). But when we’re back to traveling and something does happen, you can bet that the first thing we look for is that first aid kit. Did we leave it in the trunk? Or (gasp) forget it at home?
Before traveling, especially after the COVID pause, think about your first aid kit. You don’t have to buy those ready-made ones, though. Particularly if you’ve grown used to herbal and alternative remedies at home, you don't want to be forced to buy drug store products in a pinch.
Fortunately, you can easily make your own kit. Here are some things you may want to consider putting into it. No matter what you add, it’s definitely worth it to take the time to put one together. In fact, consider creating a few—one for the car, one for the home, one for specific activities (hiking, skiing, camping...), and maybe even for the office.
Our suggestions include having items you'll duplicate for COVID safety - disposable gloves, hand sanitizer, handi-wipes and face masks. If you can find these items, you don't want to count being on the road and not able to find.
5 Essentials for Any Kit
The first thing you need it a kit or case to put everything in. What kind of case depends on whether you’re traveling by air, train or car, and how many people are in your family. It can be made of anything you choose—there are plenty available to buy for your car, backpack or suitcase.
Check ahead if you'll have cell service. Even so, you may lose your phone (ugh!), dead battery or no cell service. Make sure your phone numbers for key medical professionals, insurance cards and specialty family medical records are available in a manual format.
All kits need key medications for family members. If someone in the family is an asthmatic, for instance, you may want to include an inhaler. If someone has serious allergies, an Epi-pen and antihistamines may be a good idea.
Make sure to pack tools! Scissors, knife, tweezers, latex gloves, hand sanitizer, and handi wipes. Toss in emergency batteries, electrical tape, cell phone battery bank, and a whistle. This is in addition to bandaids, pain relievers and stomach medications. Remember the bug repellent and bug bite remedy.
Of course, don’t forget a bandana or scarf. Large enough to use as a face mask, bandage, tourniquet or emergency flag!