You’re unlikely to have an emergency right outside a hospital, so you need to be prepared to administer a little first aid while you wait for help. Whether your kid gets a nasty cut during their rugby match or you find yourself dealing with a car accident, you can confidently handle the situation with this kit by your side.

 

  • Lots of different size adhesive bandages and gauze, including triangular bandages for slings
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton wool pads
  • Safety pins
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic/ antibiotic cream
  • Anti-bacterial wet wipes
  • Saline solution for cleaning wounds and eyes
  • Waterless hand sanitiser
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • CPR mask and gloves for your own safety
  • Simple first aid manual for easy reference
  • Plastic bags to dispose of unhygienic items

 

Tailor medication to the needs of your family. Medication should be clearly marked and in a childproof container. If you have a young child, make sure you include medication that is safe for them to take. Remember to check expiration dates often, especially if you’re heading out on a long trip.

 

  • Pain relievers
  • Allergy medication
  • Nausea medication
  • Asthma pump
  • REHIDRAT sachets

 

There can be confusion over how to treat a burn – never put butter, oil or grease on a burn! To make things easy, keep different size Burnshield dressings in your kit. Burnshield is easy to apply and it protects against infection, minimises skin damage and cools and soothes the skin.

  • Burnshield

 

A few useful extras include:

  • Emergency blanket to keep in body heat for someone in shock
  • Torch
  • Reflective warning triangles if you find yourself on the side of the road at night

 

Lastly, you’ll need a bag or container for your gear. Choose one that is sturdy and waterproof and that has lots of compartments or pockets. Make sure the pockets are see-through so that you have easy access to items and don’t waste precious time searching for a bandage.

 

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