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!
Every First Aid kit needs Band-Aids!
Neosporin Original Antibiotic Ointment
First-aid ointment nourishes skin to minimize the appearance of scars after healing.
Neosporin Wound Cleanser For Kids To Help Kill Bacteria, 2.3 Oz (Pack of 2)
Cleanser helps kill infectious bacteria and germs.
Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes
Perfect for quick clean-ups of dirt and messes.
Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues
Compact facial tissue box for living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, offices and more.
Ideal for splinter or small particle removal from skin surface
Tru-Absorb Gauze Sponges for Cleaning Wounds
Use these first aid gauze sponges for cleaning and prepping wounds, or for applying medication. They can also be used as absorbent wound dressing.
Waterproof First Aid Tape
Designed to help protect and prevent blisters, this waterproof tape stands up to your favorite activities by stretching and flexing with your body.
Whether you’re at home or on the job, our original formula is by your side wherever you need it most.
Simply remove the Chill Pal, soak it in cold water, wring it out, and its ready to drape around your neck.
Ideal for almost any application including basic medical procedures, lab work, hair coloring, tattooing, food preparation, painting, cleaning, pet care, home improvement, hobbies, arts and crafts.
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Original has a variety of preventative and protective uses, including dry skin relief, and protection of minor cuts.
Adjustable brass and stainless-steel blade pivot for strength and smooth opening and closing
Digital Medical Thermometer
Digital Thermometers provide an accurate and fast reading of your child’s temperature in 10 seconds.
Eye Wash Solution
Helps to clear eyes of foreign material such as dust and pollen and chemicals to relieve itching and burning.
Face Shield Mask
The emergency face mask is one-way valve that can protect the rescuer during first aid.
Leakproof. Will hold fluid without leaking.
Nature’s own first aid—naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal! Fluid consistency means more aloe for you!
Caladryl Calamine Plus Itch Reliever Lotion
Tums Ultra Strength
Relieves heartburn & sour stomach.
Benadryl Ultratabs Antihistamine Allergy Medicine
Works when you need it most with an allergy medicine in small, convenient antihistamine tablets that put your allergies to rest.
Benadryl Extra Strength Cooling Anti-Itch Gel
Provides relief from itching associated with most outdoor itches such as with insect bites, sunburn, scrapes, and minor skin irritations, burns, and cuts.
Advil Pain Reliever
Whether you have a headache, muscle aches, backaches, menstrual pain, minor arthritis and other joint pain, or aches and pains from the common cold, nothing's stronger or longer lasting.
Advil Junior Strength Chewables
Multi symptom pain medicine temporarily reduces fever and relieves aches and pains due to the common cold, flu, headaches and toothaches.
Hydrocortisone 1% Cream
Treats eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, poison ivy, oak, sumac, and more
Bug Bite Stick
Handy pocket size twist up stick is easy to carry so you can always be prepared when insect bites happen (and they always do).
After Bite Plus
After Bite Plus contains antihistamine to quickly stop the itching and discomfort from mosquito, flea, and other insect bites.
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.