What to pack in your car's first aid kit

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It's important to have a first aid kit in your vehicle, particularly if you're setting off on a long trip. From everyday first aid basics to emergency items you may need on a road trip, we look at what to pack in your car's first aid kit.

It's recommended to have a first aid kit available in the home, at work and in the car at all timesi. Injuries such as cuts and burns, but also allergies or motion sickness can make your road trip unpleasant, especially in remote areas without easy access to medical services. This makes it important to be prepared for medical emergencies - big or small - while on the road.

You can modify the contents of a basic first aid kit to add medications and treatments specific to you and your family's needs.

Basic first aid items

You can purchase a variety of basic and comprehensive first aid kits from your local pharmacy or from providers such as Red Cross Australia or St John's Ambulance Australiai. However if you would like to make up your own you can tailor the contents to suit your and your family's needs. A first aid kit, kept in a resealable waterproof bag or container, should containii,ii:

Road trip essentials

Although the contents of a basic first aid kit will certainly come in handy if someone needs a cut dressed or a sprain treated, it's also beneficial to be prepared for some common ailments which can afflict car drivers and passengers. Motion sickness, headaches, hay fever and stomach upset can all make a road trip unpleasant. After discussing with your GP which treatments are best for you and your family, as well as safe to use when driving, it's a good idea to add these non-prescription medications to your car first aid kit:

You can include other medications or treatments specific to you and your family's medical requirementsii, for example an EpiPen for severe allergies, an asthma puffer for asthmatics or insulin pens for diabetics.

Roadside necessities

If you need to administer roadside first aid, there are a few items that will improve the safety of the situation. In the unfortunate event of an accident or breakdown, these items will also help. It's recommended to keep the following items alongside your car's first-aid kitiii:

If you break down, a reflective triangle helps to improve your car's visibility on the road.

Check your first aid kit periodically and before a big trip to ensure that all medications and solutions are in datei. Promptly replace any first-aid items you usei - keeping an inventory of the contents could help you maintain a well-stocked first-aid kit.

Having a first aid kit that is tailored to you and your family's needs is important if someone suffers an injury or falls ill while on the road. This is particularly true if you're driving off-road or in remote or rural areas like the mountains or the country, where you may not have easy access to medical services.

A first aid kit for your vehicle is a fundamental part of being prepared for when things don't go to plan, as is ensuring that your vehicle is adequately covered by car insurance. Get a quote from Allianz today!

iBetter Health Channel 2013, First aid kits, Victorian Government, viewed 22 November 2013,

iiChoice 2007, First aid kits review and compare, viewed 22 November 2013,

iiiMotorama 2013, Road ready: Essential items to carry in your car, viewed 22 November 2013,

ivAustralia's North West 2013, Australia's North West, viewed 22 November 2013,