Summer is a great time to hit the road for vacation, but it is important to make sure you are prepared for injuries, illnesses and other problems that might come up.
No matter where you are planning to travel for your summer road trip, you will need to stock up on first aid supplies before leaving. You will be ready to handle any problems that you run into on the road.
These are the top items you should have with you on your road trip:
1. Hand sanitizers and antiseptic towelettes
These give you a way to keep everyone’s hands free of germs. The towelettes also provide you with a way to clean up messes that might spread germs.
Even if you are not going to the beach, it is still important to bring sunscreen. Keep in mind that you can get a sunburn from sitting in the car while the sun’s rays come through the window. Look for a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
3. Over-the-counter pain relievers
Bring adult and children versions of these medicines to help ease headaches, ear infections and other minor health issues that can cause discomfort.
4. Sterile adhesive bandages
These bandages are important for covering wounds and scrapes, which lowers the risk of infections. Bring an assortment of sizes with you.
5. Antibiotic ointment and cortisone cream
Antibiotic ointment lowers the risk of infections when you put it on wounds. Cortisone cream helps soothe itchy rashes or bug bites.
6. Insect repellent
Keep mosquitoes, ticks and other bugs at bay with insect repellent. Ask your primary care doctor about safe products to use on your children.
7. Disinfectant and cotton pads
Cleaning out wounds and scrapes gets rid of bacteria and reduces the risk of infections. Bring rubbing alcohol or another disinfectant with you, along with cotton pads, so you can clean cuts and scrapes right away.
8. Allergy medications and antihistamines
Bring yours or your child’s allergy medications with you in case you need them on the road. Grass, pollen and other outdoor allergens can cause allergic reactions when you spend time outside during your road trip. Antihistamines can also relieve outdoor allergy symptoms and provide relief for bug bites and rashes.
Having a thermometer handy is important in case anyone runs a fever. This can happen from illnesses, infections and other health issues that can occur on the road. Bring a digital thermometer with you, along with extra batteries for it.
Summertime is when you are likely to see ticks around. If you will be in fields or wooded areas during your road trip, bring tweezers along to promptly remove ticks. These bugs can spread Lyme disease and other illnesses from their bites.
If you have any health issues this summer or if you need a checkup, please contact our family health center in Kentucky at (270) 628-3333. At KentuckyCare, you can find a primary care provider to handle your family’s medical needs with care and compassion.