June 27, 2012
I think that is the Boy Scout motto. I wasn’t a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout either so I’m not sure. Although, I do know that the best way to become prepared is to be caught unprepared.
That’s what happened recently when we all went fishing and J fell down and cut his finger. It was an “I NEED A BAND AID NOW!” kind of injury, the kind that only happens when you have no band aids (or sympathetic strangers with band aids) around. I dug through my husband’s glove box and managed to find a lone band aid out of the paper wrapping but still unused. We happened to have bottled water with us and so poured that one the cut amid much protest and once the bandage was secured all was well again. It would have been a long drive home without a bandage.
Summer is a time when we are on the go a lot and often need things like band aids, hand sanitizer, and the like. I don’t like carrying all that in my purse because it tends to spill plus I’m on a small purse kick so no room. I decided it was time to make a just in case carry along for when we are on the go. I used to carry first aid kits in the vehicles but over time they became a box of burn cream and dried out alcohol prep pads. Perhaps, we should all write letters to the makers of such kits…please include more band aids and less alcohol prep pads (What is the purpose of those things?).
I decided to make my own kit. I thought about what we need most often when out and about on adventures such as visiting parks, fishing, and hiking. All I needed was a bag.
This bag begged for a purpose so I gave it one!
Next, I needed to decide what to include in the bag. I decided on the following:
band aids, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, sunscreen stick, antiseptic spray, and wet ones.
Now, it stays in the car and we are a little more prepared than we were previously. I still need to make a second kit though. Hopefully, I’ll accomplish that before the day comes when we need a band aid and the kit is in the vehicle that we aren’t using. Do you carry any type of first aid kit when on the go? Can you think of anything I should add to our kit?