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!
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.