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Your Road Trip First Aid Kit

road trip first aid kit

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 :

road trip aid kit

first aid kit

Wound Care

  • 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

first aid kit

  • Aleve
  • Ibuprofin
  • Pepto Bismal tablets
  • Antihistamine
  • Prescription strength burn cream
  • Tums
  • Cold and Flu medication (over the counter)
  • Cough Drops

Herbal Remedies

This is the perfect road trip first aid kit

  • 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.


first aid kit


  • 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
  • needle/thread
  • 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.

And of course, we’d really appreciate it if you would share this post.

Whether your heading out on a weekend trip, or embarking on a super-sized, cross-country road trip, you'll be happy you've got a comprehensive first aid kit stowed in your trunk!



  1. Hi Jessica. I love this kit! I am putting a kit together for my granddaughter’s girl scout troop, and I would love to add moleskin to your list for blisters, as it is very inexpensive and you can cut the sizes you need. An arm sling/ large bandanas for the same use in a pinch, maybe. Alcohol inhalants/smelling salts, for those of us who pass out from heat exhaustion, while I will love having the knowledge on the tincture teas, motion sickness pills might be an easier alternative to administer on the road, as I have severe motion sickness in any mode of transportation, so I always have the pills in my vehicle. Allergy chewables for children, and non drowsy pills for older children/adults. Water filtration bottle as well, to filter stream or river water, 25′ length of rope, hospital emergency contact numbers.

    • Hi Wendy,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment and adding to my list. I am traveling at the moment, but will add these to my first aid kit and to my post when I get home.

  2. Jessica

    Super glue-if you get a larger cut that you’ll need stitches for, a dab of super glue will hold skin in place until you can get to a hospital.

    I have cut myself numerous times (once I took off the tip of my finger, through the nail with a manadolin slicer) I was able to super glue it back on and did not even need to go to the hospital for stitches.

    (I do not advocate NOT going to the hospital, but I grew up in a household that never went to the doctor’s unless it was a dire emergency…so I’m 100% into doing my own medical procedures…)

    • Great tip, Jessica! We had great success with a similar product – like super glue, but meant for people.

  3. Thank you for this post. My sons race BMX dirt bikes and I need to stock up on more of these first aid kit supplies. Some of the things you have here I never even thought to put in the kit. On my way to Dollar Tree now before their next race!

  4. This is such an awesome post. One that I have been meaning to do for a while! Lots of people miss half of the things listed, but you never know when you’ll need them most!

  5. Perfect! I like people who pack their bags in this way! x

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