A first aid kit is important to have with you especially if you have children. Boo boos, scrapes, and falls are bound to happen. We are gearing up for some summer road trips and I realized that our first aid kit (I mean the first aid kit that I stole from my mother’s car last year when we were on a big family road trip!) was in very sad shape. The last few times we needed a band-aid, there were none to be found.
If you don’t want to make your own first aid kit, you can purchase one from a store like Target or Walmart. Small ones cost about $10 and large ones will run you about $20. The only problem I have with the pre-made kits is that they don’t really come with enough of the supplies I need. There are only a few band-aids and there are extra things that we end up never using. By creating your own kit, you can put in the supplies that you know you and your family typically use.
For about $25-30, I created a tailor-made first aid kit for our car and had enough supplies to restock the first aid kit that I keep in my purse or carry-on bag when we are out and about.
Supplies for my kit:
- Antibiotic cream like Neosporin to clean up scrapes and minor wounds
- 10 yards of Waterproof Tape to hold the gauze in place if a band-aid won’t cut it
- Ace bandage because my family (well, except for my husband) is prone to twisted ankles
- Cleaning Spray like Bactine to clean up scrapes
- Caladryl Lotion for my daughter because she is constantly covered in bug bites
- Antibacterial Sanitizer Gel
- Alcohol Swabs
- Small Band-aids
- Band-aids for knees or elbows
- Gauze pads
- Bug Spray
I thought about adding suntan lotion to the box, but we normally carry that with us. We often forget the bug spray and don’t remember until my daughter is scratching her already formed bug bites. You might want to add a pain reliever to the box but I normally have that with me when we travel so I decided that it wasn’t necessary to put in the kit. I stored the gauze bandages, Band-aids, and alcohol pads in a plastic bag so that the boxes weren’t taking up unnecessary space.
Put all your supplies into a small container that will fit under your seat or in the back of the car. I used a Ziploc container.
Once the first aid kit for my car was finished, I grabbed a plastic bag and stored the extra guaze bandages, Band-aids, and alcohol pads. To this, I added a few pain reliever pills and threw it in my purse.
Now when we are out and about and we have scrape or bug bite attack, I am prepared. What do you put in your first aid kit?