We don’t have any boy scouts in our family, but we try and travel with as much preparedness as we can stand. This road trip first aid kit was created on our very first cross-country trip, and now it lives in our car permanently. Of course, we don’t want to use at all, but I put a lot of thought into what we might need in the way of remedies and emergency care. While we never manage to think of everything, here’s what’s currently in our road trip first aid kit :
- Bandages of all shapes and sizes. Our favorite brand is Nextcare waterproof bandages.
- Butterfly closures – waterproof
- Sterile gauze pads – different sizes
- Alcohol wipes
- First aid tape – waterproof
- 2nd Skin blister pads – I am the queen of heel blisters.
- Antibiotic cream
- Tweezers, needles, and magnifying glass for splinters/tick removal.
- Caladryl lotion for bug bites
- Cortizone for bug bites and poison ivy, etc.
- Skin Shield Liquid Bandage
- Vaseline – I don’t know, but I’m sure it’s good for something.
Sprains and Strains, Aches and Pains
- Arnica cream – for bruises and muscle pain
- Well Patch pain relieving pads for aching muscles
- Instant cold pack for sprains or inflammation
- Ace bandages
- Splinting material
Medications for the Road Trip First Aid Kit
- Pepto Bismal tablets
- Prescription strength burn cream
- Cold and Flu medication (over the counter)
- Cough Drops
- Garlic/mullein ear oil – one of us is prone to ear infections and this has been a lifesaver in the past.
- Chaga tincture – homemade- I can’t say enough good things about Chaga. It is a fungus that grows in the north woods on birch trees. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-hyerglycemic. For general health and vitality. Read more about Chaga in this article from Mother Earth News.
- Dandelion tincture -homemade- for indigestion.
- Crystallized ginger – for motion sickness.
- Aloe vera – for sunburn.
- Lemon essential oil – for general mental fatigue.
- Witch hazel – as an antiseptic.
- Bach rescue remedy – anxiety, insomnia, and tension – for humans and dogs.
- Sawyer extraction kit – for bee stings and snake bites
- small scissors
- digital thermometer
- lip balm with SPF
- waterproof matches
- cotton balls, cotton swabs, and cotton cloths
- plastic sealable bags
- sanitizing lotion
- small first aid guide
- emergency blanket
Our road trip first aid kit gets replenished once a month or so, and stays in the car even when we aren’t traveling. All of our supplies fit neatly into a sturdy 12″ by 7″ by 5″ box. If you saw the size of our car, you would know that size definitely matters.
If you have any suggestions or additions for our road trip first aid kit, we’d love to hear about them in the comments.
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