A travel first aid kit is something which every family ought to have as, after all, you never know when an accident is going to happen. These should be kept in a well marked, accessible location either in the home or in the car. There’s no need to carry large amounts of useless items around with you however, just a few essentials will do the job just fine.
Your travel first aid kit contents need to include:
- Sticking plasters of assorted sizes – perfect for covering up cuts and grazes to keep them clean and free from infection.
- Low adherent dressings – these are highly absorbent, stick like glue and help to draw the fluids away from minor wounds so that they can heal and dry.
- Zinc oxide tape – it’s strong and sticky and keeps things firmly in place.
- Dressings – another way to prevent wounds from becoming infected. These have an absorbent cushion for added protection.
- Triangular bandage – perfect for creating a sling to help treat arm injuries. Cast your mind back to your Boy Scout days, your “First Aid Badge” in particular.
- Safety pins – can come in useful in all sorts of situations including medical and non-medical emergencies.
- Alcohol-free wipes – these are the ultimate antibacterial wet wipes, perfectly suited to clean wounds. They must be individually wrapped to ensure that each one is as clean and fresh as the last.
- Conforming bandage – a terrific addition to a travel first aid kit. There are bandages and then there are conforming bandages. These are specifically designed to mould around the area of the body where they are applied and can be used to support strains and to keep other types of dressing in place.
- Crepe bandage – provide light support for minor strains, sprains and compression. They are often fitted with elasticised grips to hold them firmly in position without the need for pins or tape.
- Disposable gloves – it’s no good going to all that trouble to keep a wound clean and germ-free if you treat it with dirty hands. Disposable gloves provide a protective barrier both for the patient and for your hands.
- So what about storing all of this first aid equipment? The best travel first aid kits are supplied in soft, squishy zipped bags which can be easily stored and transported. What about the colour? They’ve got to be green of course.
Have we forgotten anything? What do you keep in your first aid kit?