Many of us spend winter waiting for the warm and sunny days of summer, and those days are finally here! At long last, you can start your exciting or adventurous vacations and get out to see new places!
Before you head out on your summer trips, make sure to get your fully prepped first aid kit ready to go. We all hope for a perfect vacation with no need for first aid supplies, but accidents happen, and being ready will help you make sure your trip can go on as planned. Keep reading to learn what to include in your first aid kit and where to find these essentials at a McAllen pharmacy near you.
Bandages and Dressings
In your kit, you will want to include different types and sizes of bandages and dressings, so you are prepared for anything from the smallest finger cut to a large knee scrape. Including some waterproof bandages may be helpful if your trip takes you near the beach or pool.
- Adhesive bandages
- Gauze dressings
- Gauze pads
- Butterfly bandages
- Liquid bandages
- Bandage tape
Protection From the Great Outdoors
If your adventures take you into the great outdoors, you’ll want to include bug repellent in your first aid kit. Insects can carry diseases and hiking with swarms of mosquitoes isn’t fun. Pack some bug spray to spray on yourself and your gear, or wear bug repellant wristbands. Repellent candles are a great way to keep bugs away from your food at your campsite or picnic table.
Sunscreen is another important item to have in your kit. Even if you’re not spending a long time in the sun, it’s important to protect your skin from sunburn, because burns are not only an annoyance, but bad for your overall health. You can find sunscreen in different SPF strengths and forms, such as lotions or sprays. Pick up some sunscreen lip balm to protect your lips from cracks and burns.
You’ll need to have your prescriptions with you on summer trips, but there are some other medications to can keep on hand for emergencies. Hopefully you won’t get a cold or experience nausea on your vacation, but it’s best to expect the unexpected. The list below includes some medications you may find helpful to pack for your trip.
- Fever and pain reducers
- Headache relievers
- Nausea medication
- Sea sickness pills
- Allergy relief
- Heartburn relief
- Cold and flu medications
- Cough drops
If you get a cut, sunburn, or bug bite, you may need some pain relief. A pain reducer is great to include, but adding the following items will help you be prepared for other situations.
- Burn cream
- Aloe vera gel
- Antibacterial pain reliever cream
- Anti-itch spray
- Instant ice packs
- Thermal hot packs
Depending on your family’s needs, you may also need additional items for your first aid kit, such as an inhaler, dust-free pillowcase, or lactose intolerance medication. The best thing to do when packing up your first aid kit is to look around your home to see what items you and your family use often and add them to your kit.
Knowing you have a fully prepared first aid kit can help you relax on your trip. Complete the kit with some of these items you may already have around your house. If you’re missing an item, you can find it at your local drugstore.
- Hand sanitizer
- Nitrile gloves
- Alcohol wipes
- CPR face shield
- Safety pins
- Feminine products
- Super glue
- Eye wash solution
Find First Aid Supplies at Your McAllen Pharmacy
Pack a fully-stocked first aid kit to be prepared for any injuries or illnesses on your summer vacation. You can avoid inconvenient stops to pick up supplies by being ready for any accidents.
Saenz Pharmacy can help you find everything you need to prepare your first aid kit — visit your local drugstore before hitting the road this summer!