A DIY First Aid Kit for the Road

September 18th, 2015 by

Family Toyota truck packed full of supplies.Whether you are planning a cross-country road trip, commuting to work, or picking up a friend a few blocks down the street, it’s important to be prepared!

First aid kits for your Toyota car are inexpensive and essential tools to have with you that can be customizable and potentially life saving. They can, in a sense, be another form of insurance for you and your family.

The first thing to consider when creating a first aid kit for your Toyota car is size. In particular, how much space can you afford to give up in your car for a container including everything you need in your first aid kit?

If you decide that there is limited space for a toolbox-sized first aid kit, consider opting for a smaller craft box or gallon size zip block bag that can fit in your glove box.

Once you’ve decided on the size of your container it’s time to fill it up!

Many of the items included in a first aid kit can be found in your local drug stores, and pharmacies.

Some tips to remember when creating your own first aid kit include:

  • Make sure that any batteries (i.e., for flashlights, cellphones, or other electronics) are working.
  • Include personal items, such as medications, emergency contacts, etc.
  • Check for expiration dates and make a note of items that may need to be refilled or replaced regularly.

 

The DMV and American Red Cross recommend the following basic items for all first aid kits:

  • Adhesive tape.
  • Aluminum finger splints.
  • Antibiotic ointment.
  • Antiseptic solution.
  • Bandages of various sizes.
  • Instant cold packs.
  • Chemical hot packs.
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs.
  • Disposable latex or synthetic gloves (at least two pairs).
  • Disposable mask for CPR.
  • Gauze pads and roller gauze in various sizes.
  • First-aid manual.
  • Petroleum jelly.
  • Plastic bags for disposal of contaminated materials.
  • Safety pins in various sizes.
  • Scissors, tweezers, and a needle.
  • Soap or instant hand sanitizer.
  • Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution.
  • Thermometer
  • Triangular bandage.
  • Any type of bulb suction device for flushing out wounds.
  • Small, waterproof flashlight (with extra batteries), candles, and matches
  • Sunscreen
  • Emergency blankets
  • Cell phone with a dashboard compatible recharger
  • List of emergency phone numbers that include doctors, local emergency service, roadside service, regional poison control, and numbers and contacts for evacuation shelters.

 

The following over the counter medications are also recommended for your car’s first aid kit:

  • Antidiarrheal medication (essential for preventing dehydration).
  • Over-the-counter oral antihistamines.
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain relievers.
  • Calamine lotion.
  • Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.
  • Personal medications.
  • If prescribed by your doctor, drugs to treat an allergic attack, such as an epinephrine.
  • Syringe, medicine cup, or spoon.

 

If you are traveling with infants and/or pets consider including the following into your first aid kit:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Child safe insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Hot water bottle
  • Leash and muzzle
  • Pet health records including veterinarian’s emergency contact information

 

Lastly, when you’ve created a first aid kit that fits the needs of your family or passengers make sure you and everyone in your household is familiar with all the items in your kit.

With a first aid kit for your Toyota car you can have the reassurance that you are ready to hit the road, prepared for the unexpected.

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