A family road trip filled with adventure will always be fun, but as with most things in life, precautions should be taken. In terms of a road trip, this precaution should come in the form of a first aid kit.
Why pack a first aid kit?
If you plan on travelling beyond the sprawling major cities, you should always pack a top notch first aid kit. In fact, 28.7% of Australians surveyed would take a first aid kit with them if they were running out the door for a spontaneous road trip. 53.4% of Australians said they pack a first aid kit themselves for a road trip, while a further 19.1% said their partner would pack one.
It always pays to be prepared and the last thing you want is to be caught in a bad situation without access to the right supplies and medicines. Remember that while a good first aid kit is an essential for a road trip, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible should an injury occur whilst you’re on the open road.
The first step to building a top-notch first aid kit is to find the right container. Look for one that’s durable, such as a hard plastic, compartmentalised box (similar to a fishing tackle box). If you can’t find one, purchase yourself a ready-made first aid kit and start building on that.
15 essential first aid materials
Now you’ve got the right container, it’s time to fill it with the right goods.
1. Standard strip Band-Aids – The most common injury you’re at risk to on a road trip is cuts and scrapes, so having a range of different size Band-Aids should be the first thing to go in the box.
2. Gauze pads – Pack large gauze pads (4” x 4”) for large wounds, as these can always be cut down to size.
3. Medical adhesive tape – Use adhesive tape to stick gauze pads down.
4. Elastic and crepe bandages – Pack a variety of different widths and a triangular bandage for slings, padding and strapping splints when fractures are suspected.
5. Scissors – A pair of medical scissors will you cut bandages and gauzes to a precise size.
6. Antiseptic wipes – It’s important to use antiseptic wipes to help you clean a cut before covering in order to avoid infections which can cause serious problems down the road.
7. Antibiotic ointment – if you wash and sterilize a cut it should be fine, but antibiotic ointment is good for larger cuts at risk of infection.
8. Tweezers – Splinters are a common road trip hazard and tweezers will help you pull them out. They’re also useful for removing foreign debris from a wound.
9. Painkillers – Chances are that between all the members of your family, someone will experience some level of pain during the trip. From standard paracetamol to something a little stronger, packing painkillers in your first aid kit is a great idea.
10. Instant cold pack – A cold pack is useful for burns, bruising, swelling and sprains. As cold packs are for a single use, make sure you pack a handful in case you require multiple uses.
11. Stings & Bite Cream – Let’s face it, an Aussie road trip wouldn’t be the same without a few mosquito bites. That’s not to say you don’t want to relieve the itch though.
12. Motion Sickness medicine – Whether or not the kids have a history of motion sickness, it’s a good idea to pack some medicine just in case. Nausea can put a real dampener on an otherwise great trip.
13. Butterfly closures – For those deeper cuts that keep re-opening, a butterfly closure will help keep it sealed.
14. Tongue depressors – Tongue depressors or ice cream sticks make excellent splints for fingers.
15. Antihistamine – A new environment with new smells and pollens can wreak havoc for some. Protect your family from sneezing a wheezing with tablets or liquid antihistamine. After all, it’s impossible to take in all the new sights of your eyes are watering from allergies.
Guest Blogger, Ben George is passionate about all things health, fitness and wellness. A healthy life is a happy life after all! You can follow him on Twitter to read more of his health articles.