Thursday, February 25, 2010

First Aid Kit, Recycle that wipes box!

For many years I have kept a first aid kit in my car. It is not fancy and I did not run out and purchase one with all the bells and whistles, I mean, who needs snake bite stuff when you are driving down the freeway? I keep my kit under the front seat of my car and I always know where to find it. My kit most likely should include more than what it has in it, but for the most part it has the most important things in it. I use an empty baby wipes box, it is a good way to recycle. It is also sturdy and has a good latch on it. Every so often I will restock and throw out the bad stuff. I can't even begin to tell you how helpful this has been. It is very well used! Nice for when you are at the playground and someone scrapes his/her knee!

Here is what I keep in my kit:
assorted size bandaids
an emergency blanket ( metallic foil one)
hand sanitizer
antibiotic ointment
antidiahreal pills

(I took a cpr/first aid class and the instructor told us it was a good idea to keep some pads and tampons in our kits, they would be very useful if there was a large wound that needed to be kept covered and they absorb ALOT!)

The Antidiahreal pills have come in handy when someone in the car gets sick and we are on a road trip or on a long sunday drive. Benadryl is a no brainer for our family we all have some sort of allergy and it is just much better to have that on hand.
This is the photo of my kit not all there but most of it.

This is the kit I keep in my home. It has all the same basic stuff with a few minor differences. I do have antibiotic ointment in mine but it is not pictured. I also use a salve in my kit. It is Grampa's Salve and I know that you can find it online. I don't know where I purchased mine, but it was the best thing I ever bought. My kids use it for every thing from chapped lips to splinters and blisters, my husband uses it on cuts and scrapes. It has wonderful all natural pain relievers in it (Birch bark extract). Also in my kit is the bee and wasp sting ease, peroxide, and some other pain relievers. I keep the kit in the linen closet. I am going to make a small one for my kitchen drawer, I am always cutting myself, and need a bandaid. A pair of tweezers and some scissors were added this time. (not shown)
If full size bottles of peroxide or rubbing alcohol will not fit into your box you can get travel size bottles at the dollar store. Just remember to label them before putting them into your box.

I think this is such a great idea, that I am putting one together, and I am going to give it away! That's right this is my very first give away!!! To be entered you need to leave a comment telling me if there is anything else you think should be included in the Car First Aid Kit. If you are reading this on facebook you need to come to my blog and comment there!

The last day to enter will be Sunday February 28th. I will post the winner on my blog Monday, March 1st. Please make sure there is a way for me to contact you!


Jolene said...

What a great idea!
When I was in the military, one of the guys I worked with kept Band-Aids in his wallet so that he would always have them for his kids - however I think we depleted his stock most of the time. I though that was such a Brilliant idea -( you always have your wallet on you). So I started doing the same.
When I had kids, I upgraded to a hard plastic box band-aide box that I keep in my purse - I keep it stocked with Band-Aids and Neosporin all the time.

melissa sews said...

What an awesome idea! I keep a few of those items loose in my center console, but I am definitely going to be doing this instead. Other items I keep in the car: Tums (it seems like we get indigestion on road trips), Tylenol, a box a of tissues and wet wipes. Like you, I believe in being prepared.

A change of clothes for everyone is also a good idea if you can afford the extra space it takes up. And the tampon/pads could come in handy, if you use all the ones in your purse and forget to replenish! Can't tell you how many times I've been grateful for my auto stash!!!