- Start by getting antiseptic gels, wipes, and antibiotic ointments as these will help with sanitization and prevent infections.
- When that happens, it pays to have items that you can use in acute medical emergencies.
- This includes everything from tourniquets and wound packaging to chest seals and pressure dressing.
Hitting the road can turn out to be quite a memorable adventure. However, as with everything in life, unforeseen events can dampen our plans, and roadside emergencies may occur.
In that case, it pays to have a first aid kit to rely on to address any injuries and medical emergencies. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use one, but it’s better to have one on hand just in case. With that in mind, here is a list of essential first aid items you should have in your car.
Basic medical necessities
When talking about first aid items, some of the first things that spring to mind include adhesive bandages and gauzes. However, these are just a tiny portion of what every driver’s first aid kit should include.
In order to be able to address a roadside emergency, it’s important that you stock up on basic medical necessities. Start by getting antiseptic gels, wipes, and antibiotic ointments as these will help with sanitization and prevent infections. Then, you’ll also need to get curved scissors, tweezers, and a needle on hand. While treating the injury, you will need to have everything from disposable gloves and cotton balls to adhesive tape and safety pins (to close bandages). Some other basics you’ll need to include are insect bite relief pads, sunscreen, thermometers, and instant hot and cold packs.
Life-saving medical supplies for trauma victims
While non-life-saving items like the ones listed above are essential for keeping you safe while on the road, you never know when serious injuries and incidents will occur. When that happens, it pays to have items that you can use in acute medical emergencies. This includes everything from tourniquets and wound packaging to chest seals and pressure dressing. All these are essential components in trauma kits and will come in handy when rendering aid to trauma victims. Note that these kits differ from standard first aid kits in the sense that they’re meant for major injuries.
In contrast, first aid kits are there to treat minor wounds when there’s no need for a doctor/hospital. Because these kits have their specific purposes, your safest bet would be to get both of them. Doing so will ensure you’re prepared in case of an emergency.
OTC or over-the-counter medications
This one is especially important if you take prescription medications on a daily basis. No one knows when and if things will go wrong, and thinking in advance goes a long way in preventing unnecessary hassle and stress. Therefore, make it a priority to add prescribed medications to your first aid kit just in case you need them.
Other than bringing the medications you take regularly, you also want to bring some other over-the-counter medications. These include everything from anti-diarrheal and allergy medications to pain relievers (e.g. aspirin) and antihistamines.
Standard emergency items
Embarking on a trip just to get stranded along the road is not something any of us plan for. Nevertheless, things like these do happen. Sometimes, it’ll be due to vehicle malfunction (car battery or brake problems, overheating, flat tire, etc.). Other times, there will be an unexpected car accident or you may simply run out of gas.
Whatever the reason, experiencing car issues while on the road can be very stressful. That said, it is possible to minimize the stress that comes with a car breaking down, and it involves adding some standard emergency items to your first aid kit checklist. These essentials include everything from blankets (for when it gets colder) to road flares (for staying safe on the highway). While bringing your mobile phone and charger is essential, you should also make sure that you’ve got emergency contact numbers.
A first aid kit for your vehicle
Your vehicle needs a first aid kit just as much as you do. For starters, you want to make sure that your vehicle is in good working condition. Go for regular maintenance and get everything you need to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Some of the things to include in your kit are jack, brake fluid, oil, jumper cables, antifreeze, and spare tire.
Other than maintenance, you should also consider road safety and equip your vehicle accordingly. Consider upgrading to the latest car safety features and check if your vehicle’s first aid kit includes a fire extinguisher, warning triangle, and high visibility vest. In doing so, you’ll manage to make your trips a lot less stressful and far more enjoyable.
Roadside emergencies are something we have no control over. What we can control is how well-prepared we are for such events. Keep these tips in mind when equipping your car with a first aid kit to make sure you’ve got all the essentials needed for ensuring safe and stress-free travels.