7 Essentials for Your First Aid Kit This Summer

Now that my son Nacho is 5, I’ve learned that a portable first aid kit is one of our summer essentials. My boy spends nearly all of his time exploring local parks, playgrounds, and beyond with his friends. Of course, accidents are bound happen during their outdoor adventures, so I’ve prepared myself for every minor emergency.

Here’s what I have on hand every time we go outdoors.

1. Plasters

Yes, this one is obvious but worth a reminder; make sure to keep some cute plasters like Band-Aids in your bag.

2. Instant ice packs

Portable ice packs help soothe bumps and bruises in minutes.

3. Insect bite remedy

Unfortunately, peak mossie and sand fly season coincides with summer. Keep a small tube or spray container of soothing insect bite on hand for when it’s needed.

4. Antibiotic spray or cream

Keep scrapes and cuts from getting infected with a cooling, no-rub spray or tube of cream.

5. Paw paw ointment

The perfect soother for any scrape or bang and dynamite on sore, chapped lips and skin too.

6. Gauze

For cuts that require more than a single plaster, I like flexible gauze that will stick without any tape.

7. Tweezers

Get rid of splinters — fast — with a trusty pair of tweezers. A quick spritz of antibiotic spray will help ensure that they’re clean before you use them.

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