DIY: Make Your Own First Aid Kit for Your Car

DIY: Make Your Own First Aid Kit for Your Car

First of all - you should have a first aid kit in not only your home, but also all of your cars. First aid kits come in all shapes and sizes, but you shouldn't have to buy one - making one yourself and customizing it is not only more cost effective, but it can also be a great activity to do with your kids. 

Knowing what you have in a first aid kit is the most important part of having one.

Here are some of the most essential items that you need to have in your car first aid kit:

1. Personal Information

Be sure to include any personal items such as medication and emergency contact information. 

2. Flashlight

This one is a given - be sure to always have a flashlight in your car. Whether it's a flat tire or something more serious, flashlights are a great tool in any situation. Make sure to include extra batteries. 

3. Instant Ice Packs

Whether it's a headache or a serious injury, instant ice packs can be used to ameliorate a myriad of ailments. 

4. Bandages and Gauze

Be sure to include the following miscellaneous bandages: 

  • Adhesive bandages, assorted sizes
  • Roller bandages
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Triangular bandages

You may think that bandages are unnecessary, but they are extremely versatile and can be used for many different things. Also, in the event of a gash or cut, it's important to have sterile gauze or bandages to prevent serious, or even life threatening, infections. 

5. Pain Killers and Medication

Be sure to include the following assortment of pain killers and medication into your auto first aid kit:

  • Antibiotic ointment packets
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Antihistamines
  • Aspirin
  • Pain Relief Patches
  • Ibuprofen

6. Miscellaneous

  • Tweezers
  • Gloves
  • Blankets
  • Hat + gloves
  • Scissors

Be prepared and be proactive. 

All of these items will are relatively inexpensive and easy to find - get prepared before it's too late. Even if you are not involve in an accident or have car trouble, a first aid kit is a great addition to any vehicle. Don't ever leave your first aid kit behind on any trip, because when you actually need it, you'll be thankful.