Summer is a great time to explore and experience nature. Minor bumps and bruises can be part of the adventure so being prepared can prevent a fun family vacation from ending early. A well-stocked first aid kit that is easily packed in the car or a backpack is essential when heading out this summer. Here are a few suggestions to consider for your family’s first aid kit:
- Bandage supplies: a roll of gauze, individually packaged sterile gauze pads, a roll of 1 inch bandage/adhesive tape, butterfly bandage tape, and scissors, assortment of child size bandaids
- Instant cold compresses
- Cotton swabs and Q-tips
- Alcohol pads or liquid to clean: thermometers, tweezers, scissors
- Disposable gloves (2-3 pairs)
- Arnica or “Trauma-Care” by HomeoCan can be used as tabs or cream to treat bruises, sprains, or strains, concussions, and nose bleeds (if a nose bleed lasts longer than 20 minutes and for all potential head injuries, please seek medical attention)
- Apis Gel is great for any kind of stinging pain especially from bug bites and bee stings
- Rescue Remedy to reduce any anxiety or shock when an injury occurs
- A herbal salve containing calendula and lavender oil (such as Dimpleskins Boo Boo Goo) is great for soothing burns and keeping scrapes and cuts clean while healing the skin. Make sure to use clean water to cleanse a cut and apply herbs after the bleeding as stopped
- Tea tree oil is a natural anti-biotic able to keep cuts clean. It may be too strong for sensitive skin causing irritation so best to test your skin first and dilute in a carry oil as needed
- Activated charcoal capsules to absorbs any toxins from suspected poisoning and eliminates it before your body absorbs it (please call Poison Control first if a toxic substance has been ingested)
- Aloe Vera gel is naturally cooling to sun burns but can also ease scraped skin. It is readily available making it an easy choice to pack in your kit
- Natural Electrolytes can prevent dehydration which could lead to headaches or more serious health concerns (see this post to identify signs and symptoms of dehydration in infants).
It is important to assess the injury or illness carefully to rule out anything serious that requires medical attention. It is always a good idea to have the entire family educated on basic first aid and ensure your first aid certification is up-to-date. Knowing what signs to look out for to determine if the condition may be more serious is important to keeping your family and friends safe. See this post for tips on maintaining health while traveling.
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