Tips to being safe and prepared on the road!
When I was about seventeen I took a First Responder certification class and I became kind of a geek for it. Of most of my friends and family, I tend to be the one who doesn’t get grossed out by blood or medical talk, and tends to remain calm within the midst of a crisis (don’t get me wrong I will freak out plenty afterwards if the occasion calls for it, but until the emergency is over I tend to stay in control). Even when my own arm was ripped open by a fence, that I swear jumped out and attacked me, the ER didn’t actually believe it was that bad because I was so calm, and had cleaned and bandaged it so well. I waited three hours to be really seen and get my stitches. So lesson learned, if you want them to take you seriously bleed on their floor. Just kidding don’t do that… But I totally thought about it.
Anyways, especially if your ROAD TRIP includes camping, hiking, being outdoors in general, a good first aid kit is an absolute must!
I like to start out with one of those drug store container versions and build from there. This Christmas my parents got me one by Total Resources International that I absolutely love. It’s specifically designed for the outdoors, so a lot of the stuff that I usually add: itch/poison ivy cream, sting gel, citronella, bug spray, even blister pads are already there and in conveniently small packaging.
Most kits come with the basics:
- Pain reliever, Asprin/Acetaminophen
- Antiseptic wipes
- Burn Gel
But I always add a few other things that I’ve found to come in handy
- A decent pair of scissors
- Nitrile gloves
- A Sharpie and a Pen
- Snake bite kit (one of my three biggest fears)
- Snap cold compresses
- Ace Bandage
- Dental floss
- A couple of ziplock bags
- Pads and Tampons (not just for periods!)
If I know I’m going to be outdoors or camping…
- Bug Spray
- ItchBeGone (Or whatever type you use)
- Maybe an extra Ace bandage (I’m incredibly accident prone and have weak ankles)
- Maybe a backup snake bite kit (I really hate them)
Another thing that may be helpful if you often find yourself in locales without great cell service, is a pocket first aid guide; something that will give you the general idea on how to take care of something and the things to consider. Especially if you know you tend to panic a little in emergencies, a guide can be a calming tool to help you feel more in control. I recommend something like James Hubbard’s LIVING READY POCKET MANUAL- First Aid:Fundamentals for Survival or Dave Canterbury’s Wilderness First Aid: A Waterproof Pocket Guide to Common Sense Self Care.
Also, One thing that I didn’t even know I needed until I had it, put some glow in the dark tape or stickers on the side of your box (my box’s label glows)! If you need to find it immediately in a dark car or tent, its something that’s simple and can save you a ton of pain!
What are some things that you can’t live without on the road? Let us know!