Family road trips can be an exciting time to explore new lands (or at least new cities). They give you a chance to listen to tunes, sing along with them, and occasionally test the limits of togetherness in closed spaces. Mostly, they're a time for fun and family bonding.
The last thing you need is a small accident to escalate into a big problem because you don't have a first aid kit on hand. It's important to have the right first aid supplies on hand for the exact moment they're needed. Follow these do's and
Do Make a List of Any Special Concerns of Family Members
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Don't Skimp on the Supplies to Save Space
Sometimes it can be tempting to simply choose a few primary first aid kit items. Perhaps a bandage and some antibiotic cream will suffice if someone gets a small scrape, but you never know what will happen. The extra room in the glove compartment won't be worth it if someone gets hurt. Be sure to get more than the basics. Among the first aid supplies you may want to include are a first aid manual, sterile gauze pads, adhesive bandages of various sizes, a splint, soap, tweezers, safety pins, disposable heating and cooling pads, and a CPR mouthpiece (if you are trained in CPR).
Do Check Expiration Dates and Throw Out Anything That's in Doubt
Not every supply in your first aid kit will have an expiration date, but some will. Bacteria can multiply on some items with age, and never try to reuse anything in a first aid kit that's been open unless it's ointment or other item that won't be kept for a long amount of time. If you are not sure whether something should be thrown out, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Finally, keep in mind that your family's health may depend on having a well-stocked, adequately planned first aid kit. Take the time to make sure that your first aid kit for your family vacation includes all the basics that your family may need to help aid in small injuries or emergency situations.