Do you have a first aid kit for your car?

Last updated on October 17th, 2017

Do you know what to do when disaster strikes? When you are traveling and someone falls while hiking. Will you be prepared? Ok, so it’s probably not that dramatic. I feel that anyone that spends any amount of time in a car needs to have a solid first aid kit. First aid kits should be a necessity in all cars. If you break down on the side of the road, or if you have a bump and scrape at the park. It’s just smart to have a first aid kit for your car.

Making a First Aid Kit For Your Car

I recently found a first aid kit bag at my local Target and figured this was the perfect opportunity to build an official kit. It’s a good idea to have a first-aid kit in the car in case of bee stings, trips and falls or any other road side emergency. I liked the bag option because it would keep everyone organize and I get to pick what’s inside.

They have the pre-made kits available but most people just throw it in their car and don’t even look at what’s inside. Building your own lets you determine what could be valuable to your family. Also in an emergency, you will know what’s in it and where to find it. You don’t have to buy a lot of the fancy equipment. But you also want to include a little more than just band aids.

I started out having so much fun buying everything at Target. I stayed very budget minded trying to keep everything under $3. Then somehow, I ended with another $40 trip to Target. I think I may have strayed a little and got some non-first aid supplies… It’s a dangerous store.



Because I’m a little on the crazy side…. I figured we needed another first aid kit for our other car. This time, I got smarter. I got the same bag at Target (because they have to match of course) but then went to the Dollar Tree to fill it. I was able to find most of the same things there, sometimes in smaller quantities for a lot less. I was even able to fine some burn cream that I have never seen at Target before. If you’ve looked the comparisons of generics vs brand name medicine, is its the same thing in a lot of cases. I haven’t gotten everything yet, but I’m on my way. I’m not sure if everything is completely necessary. I also threw in a few of the antacids and some allergy medicine, just because I know my family.

What to Include

What should you put in your first aid kit? The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

I was able to put together a few of these kits, one for home and one for the car. I can tell you that I have used these items already. I love having everything together because it’s all bagged up and there is no more searching anywhere.

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