23 Jul What essentials should you pack into a summer first aid kit?
With summer holidays here and staycations seemingly taking precedent for many over going abroad, we have put together the ultimate list of what to add into your essential summer first aid kid.
If you have children, small people tend to have scrapes and falls so life doesn’t always pan out the way we think it will. Our list of essentials will make your life easier in the event of an emergency, or even if a little fall happens it can sometimes lead to a big fall out, so it pays to be prepared.
Ready-made first aid kits are widely available but it’s just as easy to create your own and doing that means you can tailor it to your family, your activities, along with any allergies you or your children may have.
Prevention is key so be prepared to carry first aid essentials, you will always thank yourself for having them. You don’t necessarily have to take everything, but we thought we would cover those items that in our experience can be the most useful.
- Sun cream – always try to use a sun cream with an SPF of 30 or higher, although we recommend 50 for children. Always apply before going into the sun as burn times are quicker than you may think and apply liberally and regularly throughout the day
- Thermometer – many parents use these religiously and even more so in the current covid climate. If you are worried anyone has a temperature you can find out in seconds with a thermometer
- Alcohol wipes, antibacterial wipes and wet wipes – to clean wounds, reduce germs and so useful in any situation
- Bandages, plasters and first aid tape – to protect wounds, prevent infection and aid healing
- Safety pin – to secure a bandage, replace a button
- Eye injury first aid kit – eye wash, eye pad and eye drops. Sand or sun cream in the eye can be very painful
- Disposable gloves and hand sanitiser – two must haves, even more important following the pandemic
- Antiseptic cream, something like Sudocrem, is an incredibly versatile cream useful for sunburn, cuts, burns, nappy rash, insect bites, although there are lots of brands available that do the same thing
- Tweezers and scissors – essential items for so many things! Cutting bandages, plucking unwanted hairs and picking things up you may not want to touch!
- Cooling spray, cooling gel or a cold compress for sprains, strains, bumps and bruises
- Water – not just to keep hydrated but this can be crucial for washing away grit, sand or cleaning an injury
- Painkillers – paracetamol and ibuprofen for both adults and children to help with injuries, insect bites, sunburn and fevers
- Antihistamines – a must for any hay fever sufferers and can help to alleviate the effects of insect bites and allergies
- Hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion – can provide quick relief from itching and swelling and again can help to soothe pain from insect bites
- Rehydration salts – a must if anyone picks up a stomach bug
- Torch – vital to be able to see what is happening in the dark in an emergency
- Blanket – helps to prevent or counter hypothermia and generally act as a comfort in the event of an accident
- A sweet treat, distraction toy or ipad – treating a cut on your little one? We have found distraction is key so having a little something in your kit to divert their eyes away from what you are doing, whether that be a chocolate biscuit, a little toy or their favourite cartoon, it will make the experience a lot calmer for everyone.
If you have any questions or would like any further information on first aid, please get in touch.