A first aid is an essential item for any parent. You may have read my post recently about an accident Grace suffered while wild swimming (When a Fun Family Day Out Goes Wrong). So I decided to write this post about what is in our first aid kit when we go out and about.
You never know when you or one of your children may have a trip, slip or worse while you are out an about. While you may not slice your foot open wild swimming, like Grace, there are all sorts of way you could end up requiring first aid.
Our first aid pack is quite a chunky item for starters, that said it is well stocked with things we made require. We also have a couple of smaller kits that are essentially cut down versions. Also, some of the items on here we have in our kit at home, but don’t necessarily take out with us.
Make sure you take your first aid kit with you though. I once didn’t for a family bike ride, then Delilah fell off grazed her elbow quite severely. I ended up having to take off my sock and tie that around her arm until we made it home!
First Aid Kit Items
- plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes (a selection of waterproof and fabric is good)
- small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
- at least 2 sterile eye dressings
- triangular bandages
- crêpe rolled bandages
- safety pins
- disposable sterile gloves
- alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- sticky tape
- thermometer (preferably digital)
- skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
- cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
- antiseptic cream
- painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
- cough medicine
- antihistamine tablets
- antihistamine scream
- distilled water for cleaning wounds
- eye wash
First Aid Training
It’s a while since I had first aid training, but at least I’ve had some. That said, often first aid is as much common sense as it is specialist knowledge. I would recommend everyone attend a basic first course at some point, that knowledge will stay with you and could be invaluable one day.
I would especially recommend parents attend first aid training – you just never know!