The last month of summer has quickly approached. With vacations and road trips set in place it is important to carry a travel first aid kit with you. You never know what may happen on vacation and it’s important to be prepared for anything. Each kit should include materials to treat minor traumatic injuries and alleviate common symptoms.
The kit can be small and simple with multiple use items. If you plan on spending time on the water be sure your kit is waterproof and if dropped it won’t break. The kit itself doesn’t need to be expensive. Makeup cases, fanny packs, and nylon bags make perfect containers for your kit. Use sandwich bags to compartmentalize different products.
Items to include:
- Bandages of all sizes
- Gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
- Aspirin, Advil, and Benadryl
- Safety Pins
- Antihistamine cream to treat allergies, itching, skin rashes, and insect bites
- Antiseptic agent for cleaning wounds and hands
- Insect repellant
- Exam gloves
- Tweezers and scissors
Compartmentalize the items any way you choose. There is no right or wrong way. Group the items in a way that is easy for you to access quickly. If you feel you will forget to bring the kit with you make multiple ones and store them in different places. Keep one in your car, in the house, or on the boat.
Not sure where to travel or where to bring your kit? Read Hannah’s article on 3 Summer Activities to Promote Health and Happiness.
Stephanie Coppola is a 2011 graduate of Quinnipiac University and a proud alumni of Kappa Alpha Theta. She is working on her masters in Interactive Media. This year she is working as an editor for College Lifestyles.