Did you get some good ideas from my personal first aid kit last week? I hope you did! In continuing this first aid kit series, today I’m going to share what’s in our van first aid kit. For this kit I bought this auto emergency kit and then added a few small things. I’m really happy with how the kit has turned out – it has the few essentials I feel we need in the van, and it remains compact.
When putting together a kit for a vehicle, it’s good to keep in mind the types of medical emergencies you’d most likely face while on the road. For me, this is one of the most unpleasant scenarios to think about. Its one of the most likely to happen, and it’s just scary. But it’s a really big comfort to have this in my van at all times. As always, be sure you are knowledgeable and comfortable using the items in your kit – they’ll do you no good if you don’t know how to use them. So with all that in mind, here’s what is in our van first aid kit.
Vehicle First Aid Kit
QuikClot – This is a modern medical miracle. Basically it is gauze that has a mineral in it that causes even severe bleeding to clot. You can visit this site if you’d like to read a more detailed scientific explanation on how QuickClot works. (the kit came with one and I added a second…just in case more then one person needs it)
Roll of Gauze Bandage
Roll of Medical Tape
*Homemade Healing Balm – This is an all-natural wound ointment that can be used on cuts and burns, and even diaper rashes! See the recipe HERE.
*Tweezers – If you’ve been in a crash, you may have debris (such as glass) stuck in scrapes or cuts. Tweezers would definitely come in handy there.
*Scissors – Again, if there’s been a terrible crash, you may need to cut away clothing to get to a wound – to evaluate it and then properly treat it.
*Splint – If you’re in a remote area, on a road trip perhaps, and you get injured in a crash, you may need to walk to find help. If you have any broken bones, a splint would be great to have. These splints are great because they can roll up, so they don’t take up a lot of space. However, they are still too large to fit in the kit itself, so I tucked them into the pocket behind the driver’s seat.
*Emergency Escape Tool – That’s a mouthful! This isn’t really a ‘first aid’ item, but it’s a cheap must-have in my opinion. If you’ve never seen or heard of one of these, let me explain. Its a tool that can cut your seatbelt and break the windows of your car if you are in an accident and you can not get your seatbelt unfastened or can’t open your doors. The link above is the one that I purchased, it comes with two escape tools. I keep one in between the driver and passenger seats, and one in the back row of our mini van. Make sure everyone in the car knows how to use it!
*The items I added to the purchased kit.
Medical Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own. I am not a medical professional. I’m just a Mom sharing what works for my family. Material on this blog is provided for informational purposes only. Please do your own research and consult your doctor for medical care or advice.
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