I learned early on when The Boy started walking at 9 months that I needed to keep band aids with me at all times. I added them to the diaper bag along with the Tylenol and Motrin. When I no longer had to carry a diaper bag, I forgot to keep things in my car. One day while at my mom’s we drove to the park down the road and he got a bad cut and I had nothing to deal with it properly. Since then, I have always kept certain items in my vehicle. Over time, my first aid kit for my van has grown to what you see below.
I divide everything into groups and keep them in plastic bags. This not only allows me to quickly grab what I need, but keeps the items clean and prevent paper packages from becoming ripped.
Consider purchasing latex and powder free gloves as you never know who will have an allergy or sensitivity to them, including you.
Even in the summer these can be useful! If someone were to be too cold from being in the water this is a safe and quick way to help warmup their extremities. They can also be placed into shoes to warm the feet.
Another use for the maxi pad is as cushioning such as when hiking and the straps for the backpack are hurting your shoulders.
Index cards are also useful if you are bit by a spider and are unsure if it is dangerous or not. Tapping it to the card and placing into a baggie allows you to show your doctor later on.
I keep it all in a zippered bag but a backpack with compartments also works well as does a fishing tackle box.
You should go through your kit periodically to remove expired medications and ensure things are not missing. I noticed I could not find my tweezers for removing splinters and had no water bottle so I will take care of that this week.
I mentioned earlier that I kept Motrin and Tylenol in my bag when The Boy was young. He would have febrile seizures so at the first sign of a temperature I was to start rotating those into his system. Accordingly, put in the items that apply to your family such as a thermometer, measuring spoon or an extra inhaler.
I hope taking a peek into my bag helps you!