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Summer First Aid Kit Essentials

Safety First: What to Pack in Your Summer First Aid Kit

Unfortunately, the warm weather of Summer also brings along new health and safety risks. Whether it's a minor discomfort or something that requires a trip to the ER, being as prepared as possible is the best way to handle an emergency situation. Now is the time to dust off your old first aid kit and update it with things you'll need specifically for Summer injuries. Keep one at home, and bring along one when you go hiking, sailing, to the beach, or wherever to enjoy the sun.

Here's everything you'll need for a Summer safety kit:

  • A waterproof case (moisture can damage many of your supplies)
  • Sanitizing wipes to clean your hands before attending to the person in need
  • Latex gloves to prevent the spread of infection
  • Antiseptic towelettes to clean out scrapes and cuts
  • Neosporin or other cream to prevent infection
  • Bandages of all sizes including band-aids, gauze, and adhesive tape for cuts and blisters
  • Tweezers and a sterile needle for splinters
  • Instant ice packs for inflammation
  • Saline solution to clean out eyes
  • Small doses of over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Pepto-Bismol tablets, Dramamine, and Benadryl for allergic reactions
  • Bug spray to prevent bites
  • Sunscreen to prevent burns
  • Hydrocortisone cream for rashes and bug bites
  • Tea tree oil to treat poison ivy
  • Aloe vera gel to help soothe a sunburn
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cowelltraining cowelltraining 6 years
I teach an outdoor boot camp each week. Nicks and bruises can be very discouraging to a participant so carrying a FIRST AID kit has proven to be very helpful.
opentypeA opentypeA 6 years
My problem is that they're all in the same place, but there's so much crap I'd have to dig through the free condoms and caffeinated gum to get to anything I'd need.
RLP79 RLP79 6 years
benadryl is a good thing to have on hand too, for mild allergic reactions...
kia kia 6 years
I really need to update my home and car first aid kits. Thanks for the reminder, they have not even been on my radar lately.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
The problem with my first aid kit is that I have all those things, but they aren't all in the same place. If I cut myself, I have to dig through the drawer to find my Neosporin and alcohol and the band-aids are in the medicine cupboard. I should really get a box of some sort to contain everything so it's all in one place. It's probably not a bad idea to keep one in the garage too, just in case my husband cuts himself while he's out fixing cars.
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