How to Make a Travel First Aid Kit

How to Make a Travel First Aid Kit
A travel first aid kit is a must have piece of equipment which is essential to any trip or outing. There are many situations requiring the use of a first aid kit. From a splinter or minor scrape to a more serious laceration or burn, first aid kits should never be excluded from a basic equipment list. Travel first aid kits are typically designed to be more compact and portable, and they often feature a durable container which may also be water proof.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Small, durable plastic container Resealable plastic bags Antiseptic wipes Gauze squares Non-stick dressings Blister plasters Skin closure strips Rolled gauze bandage Fabric surgical tape Thermometer Scissors Safety pins Tweezers Ibuprofen (Advil) Anti diarrhea medication Antihistamine (Benadryl)
  • Small, durable plastic container
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Gauze squares
  • Non-stick dressings
  • Blister plasters
  • Skin closure strips
  • Rolled gauze bandage
  • Fabric surgical tape
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers
  • Ibuprofen (Advil)
  • Anti diarrhea medication
  • Antihistamine (Benadryl)
Step 1
Select a durable plastic container with a rubber seal. This type of container will be able to with stand travel as well as prove water proof. There are several types of food storage containers on the market today. Many feature snap down locks on all four sides; they also often have a rubber seal ring around the lid.
Step 2
Separate the supplies into three or four main categories. For example, there might be self stick bandages in a variety of sizes as well as non stick pads. Perhaps there's another section for rolled gauze and tape. Medications should have their own sections. There should probably be another category for tweezers, scissors and a thermometer.
Step 3
Use resealable plastic bags--which are water proof to a degree themselves--to bag the items of each category. With the items separated, it is much easier to store them and use the items when needed.
Step 4
Consider customizing the kit with items which have been used frequently in the past. For example, an elastic bandage and a triangle bandage are both good additions.
Step 5
Place a small amount or sample of any prescription medications in the travel kit. There may be times when a prescription is forgotten, misplaced or lost. On a trip, this can be challenging. It can lead to hours of waiting for prescriptions to be forwarded.

Tips & Warnings

 
Another method to organizing the kit is to place items in several storage bags based on situation and purpose. For example, there might be a burn bag, a bee sting bag, a scratch or minor cut bag, or a major injury bag.
 
Make sure to label all medications clearly and check them periodically for expiration.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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