A well-stocked first-aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies.
It’s that time of year. The time of year, I start stocking up on first aid essentials that will hopefully last us throughout the summer. We already had our first cuts and scrapes and I don’t see an end in sight for those. So, as a mom, I have to be prepared.
Earlier this month with the start of baseball season, I made two summer first aid kits: one for the house, one for my car! You should store your kits someplace easy to get to. There are many times we are at a baseball game and need a bandaid or tweezers for a splinter or an ice pack for a boo boo. Having these first aid kits handy has saved me more than a few times!
While you should store your first aid kits out of the reach of small children, you should make sure children old enough to understand the purpose of the kits know where they’re stored.
Creating a Summer First Aid Kit
You can buy first-aid kits already assembled but I have found putting together my own to be more effective. I like to tailor my kit based on my activities and needs (like baseball or summertime activities).
Let’s take a look at what’s in my summer first aid kit!
It is packed with all the boo boo essentials!
Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages Variety Pack, 120 CountNeosporin Antibiotic Original Ointment 0.50 ozNeosporin Wound Cleanser For Kids To Help Kill Bacteria, 2.3 Oz (Pack of 2)Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes, 20 Count ( Pack Of 10)Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues 130 Count (Pack of 8), Disposable Facial Tissues, Gentle and Durable, 3-Ply Thickness, Designs May VaryFirst Aid Only Stainless Steel 3 Inch TweezersBand-Aid Brand Of First Aid Products Mirasorb Gauze Sponges For Cleaning Wounds, 4 Inches By 4 Inches, 50 CountNexcare Absolute Waterproof First Aid Tape, 1 in x 5 ydsMountain Falls Advanced Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E, Original Scent, Pump Bottle, Compare to Purell, 67.59 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 2)Cooling Towel For Instant Relief Sports Towel Cooling Towels Sports Cooling Towel Chill Towel Cool Towel For Neck Cold Towel For Athletes Kids Baby Dogs Men Women Yoga Workout Camping Fitness GymNitrile Exam Gloves – Medical Grade, Powder Free, Latex Rubber Free, Disposable, Non Sterile, Food Safe, Textured, Indigo Color, Convenient Dispenser Pack of 100, Size MediumVaseline Petroleum Jelly, Original, 1.75 ozAmazonBasics Multipurpose Scissors – 3-PackDigital Medical Thermometer Best FDA Quick 10 Second Reading for Oral, Rectal, Armpit Underarm, Body Temperature Clinical Professional Detecting Fever Baby, Infant, Kid, Babies, Children Adult and PetPhysiciansCare Eyewash Bottle, Screw Cap, 32 oz.Pack of 5pcs CPR Mask Keychain Ring Emergency Kit Rescue Face Shields with One-way Valve Breathing Barrier for First Aid or AED Training (Blue)EXELint 60 ml Disposable Syringe, Sterile Single Pack, 50 ml to 60 ml Medical Grade Catheter Tip
I also pack some medications to have on hand! The following are the ones that I like to keep in my summer first aid kit.
Organic Aloe Vera Gel Great for Face, Hair, Sunburn, Acne, Razor Bumps, Psoriasis, Eczema – 12 oz.Caladryl Lotion, Calamine Plus Itch Reliever, 6-Ounce BottleTums Ultra Strength 1000 Antacid, Assorted Berries, 72 tabletsBenadryl Ultratab Antihistamine Allergy Medicine Tablets, 100 countBenadryl Extra Strength Antihistamine Anti-Itch Gel, 3.5 Fl. Oz BottleAdvil (300 Count) Pain Reliever / Fever Reducer Coated Tablet, 200mg Ibuprofen, Temporary Pain ReliefAdvil Junior Strength Fever Reducer / Pain Reliever Chewable Tablets, 100mg Ibuprofen (Grape Flavor, 24 Count, Pack of 2)Natureplex Hydrocortisone 1% Cream, 1 oz, 3 Tube PackOn the Go Stick Bug Bites Mosquito Bites Bee Stings Poison Ivy Cuts Scrapes Bruises Insect Bites Portable Skin Soother Stick for Pain and Itch ReliefAfter Bite Plus Insect Bite Treatment 0.7-ounce
Some other emergency items you should include in your first aid kit:
- Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers, and the poison help line, which in the United States is 800-222-1222.
- Medical consent forms for each family member
- Medical history forms for each family member
- Small notepad and waterproof writing instrument
I am totally prepared for whatever the summer may bring us! In fact, I have a few of these packed, one to keep in the house by the front door and one that stays in the baseball bag. While the baseball fields may have their own first aid kits, they are often kept pretty far away from the actual fields. And you never know when someone is going to need a band-aid or help removing a splinter from a hand.