How to Pack A Summer First Aid Kit: Tips for Having a Safe Summer
Unfortunately, the warm weather of an Outer Banks summer also brings along health and safety risks. Whether it's a minor discomfort or something that requires a trip to the ER, being as prepared as possible is the best way to handle an emergency situation.
So, take some time to dust off your old first aid kit and update it with things you'll need specifically for summer injuries that may occur. Keep one at home and then make sure you bring it along on your Outer Banks vacation.
Here's everything you'll need for a summer safety kit:
- A waterproof case (moisture can damage many of your supplies)
- Sanitizing wipes to clean your hands before attending to the person in need
- Latex gloves toprevent the spread of infection
- Antiseptictowelettes to clean out scrapes and cuts
- Neosporin or othercream to prevent infection
- Bandages of allsizes including band-aids, gauze, and adhesive tape for cuts and blisters
- Tweezers and asterile needle for splinters
- Instant ice packsfor inflammation
- Cotton balls and cotton swabs
- Saline solution toclean out eyes
- Small doses ofover-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Pepto-Bismol tablets,Dramamine, and Benadryl for allergic reactions
- Include children's versions of the above, if applicable - such as baby and children's pain relievers, prescribed medications, Benadryl spray, a syringe or medicine cup for administering medications, and baby wipes.
- Disposable mask
- Bug spray toprevent bites
- Sunscreen toprevent burns
- Hydrocortisonecream for rashes and bug bites
- Tea tree oil totreat poison ivy
- Aloe vera gel tohelp soothe a sunburn
- Ear drops such as Aqua Ear or Swim Ear, sold without a prescription, can help prevent the infection swimmer's ear (but talk to your doctor first, especially if you're prone to the problem).
- Personal items that your family is bound to need. Examples include baby products, allergy and asthmamedications, motion sickness medication, and an Epi-Pen.
- Consider adding an easy to comprehend first aid manual
- Store your summer first aid kit where it can be easily reached in an emergency, but not so accessible that a child can get into it. You also want to keep it out of the direct sunlight to avoid overheating the medications inside.
- Check the contents of your summer first aid kit periodically, and replace all medications that are out of date.