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First-Aid Kit in Car, Medicine Cabinet Recommended

With the fall sports season about to begin - and with it, a lot of travel to away games and tournaments, millions of American families will be heading out on the road.

Before your family hits to the highway, make sure you have a well-stocked first-aid kit in your car.

First aid kit contents

Here's what your first aid kit should contain:
  • Adhesive bandages, sterile gauze pads in variety of shapes and sizes and medical tape for cuts and scrapes
  • Pre-treated alcohol swabs
  • Butterfly closures for cuts too big for Band-Aids®
  • Triple antibiotic ointment (Neosporin® or generic equivalent)
  • Nontoxic surfactant (sodium chloride or Shur-Clens®)(used instead of soapy water)
  • Cotton swabs (Q Tips®)
  • Moleskin (don't pop blisters)
  • Chemical ice packs
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications (Advil®/Motrin®/Aleve® or generic equivalent, not Tylenol® which doesn't treat inflammation)
  • Sunscreen with SPF of 18 to 25 (anything with higher SPF is overkill)
  • DEET-free insect repellant (Nutrapell, Coleman, etc.)
  • Anti-itch (cortisone) cream (although ammonia diluted with water also does the trick)
  • Synthetic gloves
  • Triangle sling and finger splints
  • Eye wash
  • Antiseptic towlettes
  • Scissors;
  • Tweezers
  • Extra rescue inhaler
  • EpiPen® for those children with severe allergies

Updated August 18, 2013