Life on the road comes with many adventures, however, that doesn’t mean you won’t sustain a few small injuries along the way. Whether you’re hiking and sprain your ankle or are swimming in a stream and cut your foot on a rock, being prepared to handle minor injuries like this will ensure you can take care of yourself or anyone else on your trip, and get back to enjoying your vacation.
One of the most important parts of first aid is knowing CPR. You can locate your local CPR teaching center through the American Heart Association. The class is under $100 and might just save someone’s life until professionals can arrive.
Before you create your custom first aid kit, however, consider what you’ll be doing and who will be with you. If someone coming along on the trip is diabetic be sure to bring a glucometer. If you have a person who suffers from chest pain, ensure they have their Nitro (or whatever their doctor prescribed). Remember that in any emergency it is integral to call professionals. For other minor instances make sure your first aid kit is equipped with the following:
- Adhesive dressings, of varied size and shape, from regular Band-Aid shapes to small squares to large
- Small (but sharp) scissors
- A package of gauze pads with varying sizes
- Adhesive tape (medical grade)
- Cotton Balls – large and small
- Rubbing non-alcohol wipes for cleaning external surfaces only (i.e. cleaning dirt off of unbroken skin, or wiping down a surface)
- Antibiotic Ointment, for keeping the infection out of cuts, scrapes, etc.
- A thermometer
- Tweezers and a sewing need or pin to remove splinters
- Non-latex gloves, in case of blood, body fluids and dangerous waste, keep several pairs on hand
- Sterile dressings(a sterile pad attached to a roller bandage)
- Roller bandages (2,3,4 inch)
- Sterile saline – to clean wounds of debris
- CPR breathing mask