Whether you’re rushing around to get some medical help for your son’s ball-to-eye bashing in his first soccer match or helping your daughter up after her ballet fall, having children in your life means chaos. Anything can go wrong at any time, so it’s incredibly important to keep a first aid kit in your car.
There are many reasons to keep first aid and emergency kits in your car, not only for your child’s sports injury but also for unexpected illness or more serious wounds for you or your family. You might consider taking a family road trip up the West Coast or even further to Plettenberg Bay to view the second-hand cars you’ve been eyeing online, and the last thing you need is for someone to fall ill or hurt themselves.
Most pharmaceutical companies, perhaps even the second-hand car dealership you’re visiting, sell pre-packed car emergency and medical kits, but it may be less costly to actually pack your own kit. When you create your own, you can also customise it to suit the needs of your family. Here are a few tips for packing your own medical emergency kit, just to ensure that you’re always prepared for the worst.
Find a solid case or container
One of the first steps to creating your own first aid kit is finding a solid, protective box to hold your items safely. Try and select something big which has several zips or compartments for you to separate liquids from dry items. On that note, try and choose something that is waterproof as you never know which one of the second-hand cars for sale you’re going to drive home with. Hopefully, it’ll be the 4×4 you’ve been dreaming of, which means you’ll need your kit to be safe for all that bundu bashing.
Once you have sourced the box for your kit, try and think about popular items that you could incorporate into your box before you turn to the internet for some inspiration.
Choose your items
Pack your first aid kit according to your family. There might be items that only apply to adults and others to kids, so separate them for safety. The basics include the following:
- Sunblock and after sun lotion
- Cotton wool
- Cotton swabs
- Petroleum jelly
- Eye drops
- Insect bite cream
- Painkillers, nausea tablets and throat lozenges
- Scissors and tweezer
- Hand sanitiser
- Saline solution
And, if you want to go a step further by incorporating more extreme items, you can look at things such as disposable synthetic gloves, anti-diarrheal medication and plastic bags for disposing of unhygienic items.
Arrange all your items
When you’re in a panic or rush to get to something in your first aid kit, you’ll want to know that everything is exactly where you expect to find it. In that case, make sure that you pack everything in an organised way, and once you use something, replace it to avoid frustration in the future. When you have plenty of items in one bag, pack all the large items in the middle of the box, side by side, and the rest around those.
As a mother, panic is the first emotion that sets in when you see or hear about something having happened to your child. Much like any other situation really. But having some theoretical and practical experience in first aid would help you to calm down and relax in any situation. If you cannot go on first aid course, have a look on YouTube or the many medical sites online. They will be able to give you a better understanding of what to do in certain situations. Not to mention, first aid knowledge is important to have.
Another tip to consider is keeping all the necessary emergency numbers in your first aid kit in case something major happens and you need to visit the hospital. Unless you’ve experienced it hands-on before or have the knowledge on how to perform something, do not try it. You could do more damage.
Make a smaller version of your main kit
If your children are going to a school camp or you and your partner are going away for a romantic break, make sure you’ve always got smaller versions of your main kit. While it might feel unnecessary, have a convenient set with you whenever you or your family go away from the house. If you’re travelling to an unfamiliar country or town, try and tweak your first aid kit according to the area you’re visiting.
As you can see, a first aid kit contains various, important things. While it might look and feel insignificant or a complete hassle to put together at first, you will thank your lucky stars when you need it. Bear in mind that the contents of your kit could be dangerous, especially medication, if kept in the sun, so make sure your kit is locked away in your boot or under your second-hand car’s driver’s seat. It should also be in a cool, dry place and out of reach from your children. They might need to understand what it is, but they should never be allowed to access it or use anything from the kit without parental supervision.