How To Be Prepared No Matter Where You Go in Long Island, NY

Today's world of hustle and bustle puts most of us in the car either commuting, running errands, or pleasure driving. You will want to have a first-aid kit in your vehicle that is well stocked and that is appropriate to your family's needs. You can, of course, buy a kit that is already assembled for you, but you will save money if you just assemble one yourself. You may not need all the items in a ready-made one or you may need extra items that are specific to your own family on top of it. If you have medical conditions in your family, having these special items in the kit will be necessary in an emergency.�

School's almost out and so travel is going to pick up even more with family trips and activities. A first aid kit was something that I had always been telling myself that I was going to do over and over again. No one knows when they will run into the need to rely on a first aid kit. What container you decide to keep your kit in is completely up to you, but that container needs to be tight and waterproof to keep all of the bandages dry. An air tight storage container can work but I have also seen people use a tackle box because it already has the compartments.�

There are lots of lists out there for what to put in your kit, but the Red Cross has the most trusted list. They recommend this for a family of four:�

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)�
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)�
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)�
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)�
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets�
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)�
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)�
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)�
  • 1 instant cold compress�
  • 2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)�
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)�
  • Scissors�
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)�
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)�
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)�
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)�
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)�
  • 2 triangular bandages�
  • Tweezers�
  • First aid instruction booklet�

Something that many people do not think about is that you can include a cell phone that does not have active service on it in your kit. Even though the phone may not have a data plan or minutes, it CAN still call 9-1-1. So take an old phone that you are not using anymore and stick it in your kit. Once you have a kit that has everything you need, stick it in your car and you will be prepared for emergencies while you are out running around or traveling. � �

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Author Note:�Debi is a�a tech junkie, travel obsessed, sweet-a-holic married mom to 4 amazing kids. She is also the owner and author of a blog -�The Springmount 6 Pack!�

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