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Your Guide to an Essential Summer First Aid Kit

Your Guide to an Essential Summer First Aid Kit

Every year the summer arrives with full force in my ER: cuts, ticks, poison ivy, infected bug bites, sunburns, eye injuries, broken bones, and all other kinds of summer fun gone wrong. Luckily, much of this summer craziness can be prevented or treated if you are prepared.
There is no better preparation than a first aid kit and a super parent who knows how to use it. Although pre-made store-bought first aid kits are a good start, these kits typically lack many items you’ll need for your family.

Shopping List for Your Summer First Aid Kit

Below, I have included a shopping list for the perfect summer first aid kit. Build it now, so that you spend your summer outside having fun, instead of in the ER.
• Pre-made first aid kit
• Water bottle for cleaning out wounds
• Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)
• EpiPen
• Numbing spray
• Prescription medication
• Ibuprofen and Tylenol
• Dramamine, nausea medication
• Sunblock
• Bug spray
• Afrin nasal spray for nosebleeds
• Hydrocortisone ointment
• Flashlight/headlamp
• Baby wipes
• ChapStick
• Clean towel
• Feminine hygiene supplies
• Premade finger splint
• Alcohol wipes
• ACE bandage
• Small scissors
• A bottle of Gatorade
• Ziploc bags
• Tweezers & small magnifying glass

Keep Your First Aid Kit in Your Car

You’ll never have to remember to pack it. If you need something while you are at home, just go out and get it. If you have more than one family car, think about making a first aid kit for each car.

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