Spring brings the onslaught of extracurricular activities in my family… most families, I suppose.
We have soccer and cheerleading, bike riding and rollerblading, beach visits and track and field, camping, road trips etc – any of which can bring on bug bites and boo boos while you’re away from home.
You could carry around your full-sized first aid kit if you were motivated (and a far better mother than I am) or you could collect a few of the key components and make a purse first aid kit that doesn’t take up much space, but will get you through until you get home. This is what I carry around. I have a few friends who have recently started working in a hospital. As I was telling them about my mini first aid kit I carry in my bag, they mentioned how they had to find the best CPR training courses in their area, to be able to get fully prepared before they started working with patients. For them, it was a lot to take in, but that is all part of the job. They knew it was something that would be rewarding in the long run. Many places, especially within the workplace ask you are first aid trained and it could really save a life.
I gathered up some of our frequently used items like Tylenol (for after cheerleading and soccer games), Aleve for muscle strain and Tums for those drive-thru dinners on the way to and from our events.
After that I added in a few less-used, but more important items like Polysporin for scraped elbows and knees, a few bandaids (because if they need more than 5 bandaids we should probably be going to emerg.), After Bite for our Madison – we call her “Sweet Meat” because the mosquitos can’t seem to get enough of her, Benadryl just in case of a bee sting or allergic reaction and finally a sample-size of Nivea to soothe a fresh sunburn.
I used a pair of pliers to break out three of the compartment dividers so I could fit the full tubes, but I did see this awesome idea (below) if you wanted something smaller: