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How to Put Together a First Aid Kit for Your Car

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An emergency car kit is one of those things we don’t think about until it’s too late. Whether it’s a break down in a dark and dingy spot with no cell phone reception, or going on a road trip and someone sustains minor injuries – it’s a good thing to always be prepared.

Having free road assistance is not an excuse to gear down on the safety. The great thing about making your own first aid kit is that you can customise it to fit into your family. You should always have a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, torch, extra batteries, a multi -purpose utility tool, a tyre gauge, and gloves on hand, just in case.

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Today we focus on creating the perfect first aid kit for your family, you will want to add medication specific to your family’s needs, here are items will you need for your kit:

The Items

3 small and one medium-sized water-resistant container

A CPR mouth piece
Eyedrops
Hydrogen peroxide
Bandages
Gauze (assorted)
Medical tape
Adhesive bandages (assorted)
Disinfecting wipes
Hand sanitiser

Thermometer
Antibacterial wipes
Bug bite itch relief stick

Medical gloves
Tissues
Trash bags
Heat and/or ice pack

Labels

1 pair of small, child-safe scissors – metal

Medication (assorted)

Triple Antibiotic Ointment

Anti-septic solution

Sunblock

Anti-diarrheal medication

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Getting it Together

The organisation is an important part of your first aid kit; everything needs to be easily accessible. The 3 small containers will help compartmentalise the bandages, gauze, and medication. This also saves space in the kit.

When you are done packing the small stuff in the various containers, label each container and include the day you stocked the stuff.  Labelling the stock date will make it easier to rotate anything that is running low or has expired. Add the small containers into a medium-sized container and put it in your boot in case of emergency. If you are unsure about medication, contact ER24 and ask for medical advice or the pharmacy. It is also wise to pack a safety blanket and a 5-litre water container if you have space in your boot. 

Safe travels!