Re: First-Aid Kits
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Wed, 2 Sep 1998 12:04:07 +0000
In my car I carry a 3 gallon plastic tub (Rubbermaid type) that has my
Extended First Aid kit in it. We carcamp, fish, soccer practice and games,
Webelos and Boy Scout activities, etc, and my car is usually there. I pack
the usual First Aid stuff as has been mentioned earlier. Here are some
additionals that I take, as the car has no weight limit (pills and actual
medicines are for me to administer to my own family, unless the parent of
another child is there and okays it):
* A sealed bottle of water (.5 liter) for sipping, rehydration, washing of
scrapes, poison ivy removal
* A washcloth and sample size liquid soap (see above). The cloth is also
good for wetting to cool a forehead or the back of the neck for heat
exhaustion (a very real danger here in the South)
* A collapsible cup for sipping water or taking a pill (my kids only)
* Burn cream that has a topical anisthetic for minor burns (that and the
cold pack). I had a boy camping with us that suffered a large painful burn
on his hand late at night on a camp lantern. It raised large blisters, and
I can still hear the poor boy sobbing all night. All I had was ice and
First-aid cream. Next day this anisthetic cream was in my kit.
* A very good flashlight
* signal flares for car breakdown
* Wet Ones ( premoistened towellettes). I wipe the dog down with these
before she gets in the car to remove poison ivy resins. Good for people, too.
* Diarhea (sp?) medicine, in tablet and chewable form. More stable than liquid.
* Chewable Benadryl (my son is allergic to Fire Ants)
* Ibuprofen (for me and my hubby's aches and pains)
* Instant Cold and Instant Hot packs.
* A small fanny pack with bandaids, wipes, and Benadryl, ready to grab for
* a film cannister with quarters in it for phone calls
* film cannister with a sterilized needle (in gauze) for slivers
* Space (emergency one like foil) blanket for winter
* Latex free 'rubber' gloves (one of my scouts is allergic to latex)
* Good scissors in a ziplock (prevents rust....see leakage comment, below)
* Small bottle each rubbing alcohol and Hydrogen peroxide (mom's best friend)
Everything is sealed in small, reclosable zip lock bags. Keeps any stuff
from leaking into bandaids and things.
I also carry 2 heavy cotton blankets in my car, these have been of great
help for all kinds of things.
I know that this sounds like a lot, but with a car you are not worried about
weight. It all fits in this 3 gallon tub in a corner of my trunk (except
for the blankets). And I have used all of these things at one time or
another. For a hike I would bring a minimum, of course.
This is a good thread, I am learning lots.
Hope this helps
Lorie McGraw <email@example.com> Webelos Den Leader Pack 410
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