How to Make A First-Aid Kit for Your Car

How to make a First-Aid Kit for your car or family vehicle, important items to include in the First-Aid Kit, and additional items to include for travel in bad weather conditions.

A recent trip in winter weather reminded me of how important emergency preparedness is for travel! Having a well-stocked first-aid kit and items needed for server weather is critical for your survival. Of course weather conditions can swing from sweltering heat to extreme cold conditions and it’s important to be prepared for all emergency conditions. What is important is to have the emergency equipment and supplies in the vehicle ready and available to use.

A well-stocked First-Aid Kit is a great DIY project for the whole family. Everyone can be involved in making a kit specific to your family’s needs and activities! Find a hard plastic container and mark the outside of the container with a Red Cross symbol – then identify the kit by writing the words, First-Aid Kit.

Gather the family together, at a time convenient for everyone, explain the project and how the First-Aid kit will be used. Allow each member of the family to provide ideas and suggestions they feel are important for an emergency situation. Have each family member consider the activities or sports they participate in, to identify additional items needed for your families First-Aid Kit.
Examples may be personal items like medications, emergency phone numbers, and other health-care provider suggestions. Consider making an index card for each family member to place in the First-Aid Kit to identify medical conditions or specific information you feel would be important to know.
Now it is time to assemble your First-Aid Kit here is a listed of items to include, see if these items were on your list! Remember the First-Aid Kit you prepare is for your family and include the items on your list specific to your family needs and activities.

First-Aid Kit items to have available:

Let’s start wit h an assortment of adhesive bandages, gauze pads, safety pins,   adhesive tape, and include gloves, wipes, saline solution, antibiotic, antiseptic and hydro-cortisone creams, insect sting relief pads to have ready for open wounds and insect bites. For sever allergic reactions you may need allergy and asthma medications, motion sickness medication, and an Epi-Pin with your doctor’s recommendation and instructions on use.

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Also include:

Cotton balls, cotton swabs, Vaseline, pain relievers, digital thermometer, tweezers, scissors, a needle, and hand-sanitizer. Additional items to consider are, two triangular bandages – great for slings these can be made out of old sheets just cut a large square and fold the material up to fit in a zip lock bag. Plastic bags are great to store and label the items. If possible include a user friendly first aid instruction booklet.

In addition to your families First-Aid Kit check your vehicle for an emergency vehicle kit from the First-aid kit car - IMG_20150118_140613manufacture. Many automobile companies now include an emergency kit with equipment and supplies needed to keep the family safe during an emergency situation until help arrives! Take time to check your vehicle for an emergency kit then review the items in the kit, such as, flash light (check batteries), reflective triangles, cones, jumper cables, tools, and heavy gloves to name a few items.


Let’s take a minute to talk about bad weather conditions. First check your travel route for any weather updates, should reports call for sever conditions, stay where you are and wait until the conditions improve! Traveling on roads in the winter weather make sure to add to your list heavy blankets, cold weather gear, water, and pack some snack items. Travel in hot weather can be equally dangerous. Be sure to have emergency numbers, know your route and plan for stops, take plenty of water.

• Make a schedule to inspect your First-Aid Kit for expired items and items needing replaced. Place a date on the First-Aid Kit on the date it was inspected and initials of the person who reviewed.

• Include a list of the items in the First-Aid Kit and tape the list on the inside of the lid.

• Contact your local Red Cross for a list of First-Aid training for the family – everyone should know the basics and have a course in CPR.

• If you are traveling with pets – plan for frequent breaks, keep them hydrated, and safe from extreme heat or cold conditions. Do not leave then unattended in a car in these conditions.

There are many resources on-line on the topic of first-aid kits, first-aid check lists, and information on materials and training.

Have fun making your DIY First-Aid Kit!

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