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car first aid kit:  the essentials 

We all know we need a first-aid kit at home when we have kids. But do you carry one in the car? Since we spend so much time on the road with rambunctious kids, being prepared for minor overzealousness and medical mishaps is essential. 

Not to mention the need for aspirin to treat the occasional headache caused by a long drive with said loud, active kids. Here are the essentials to include in a car first aid kit.

Car First Aid Kit Essentials

Use whatever you have handy, such as an art supply box or a simple tackle box, to stash and store your car first aid kit essentials:

  • Adhesive tape
  • Bug spray
  • Antiseptic wipes or ointment, burn ointment, and hydrocortisone cream
  • Emergency contact list (Just in case your babysitter is driving when an accident occurs. Include mobile numbers for you and your spouse, as well as names and numbers for the doctor, the orthodontist, and even the veterinarian if you bring the dog along for most outings.)
  • First aid manual with CPR instructions

  • Instant cold packs
  • Over-the-counter medications such as kids’ Tylenol or Motrin and aspirin (not for anyone under 12, however)

  • Prescription drugs (Store what you or your kids might need if you get stuck unexpectedly, including inhalers for your little athletic asthmatic, in childproof containers.)
  • Sterile gauze

  • Stretch and adhesive bandages
  • Sunscreen
  • Tweezers for bee stings or splinters
  • Safety pins

Other On the Road Essentials

This is the stuff everyone needs in case you have a car problem or accident, whether kids are on board or not.

Keep these emergency kit essentials in the glove compartment.

  • Auto manual

  • Auto membership club information and phone numbers
  • Gas cards
  • Insurance cards and information
  • Registration

Finally, complete your car first aid kit by storing a“Send Help” sign nearby. Just pray that you or your designated driver never needs it. If you remember to charge your cell phone, you probably won't.


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