Accidents happen, but its important to be prepared. A well-stocked first aid kit is a must have for a car or backpack that you take with you on hikes or outings. Even if the wound is more serious, taking efforts to clean and protect it with items from your kit can help you safely arrive at our urgent care center.
Tweezers are the safety way to remove splinters or ticks. Remember to thoroughly disinfect them with alcohol before and after each use.
For itchy bug bites or rashes, carry small tubes of hydrocortisone cream. This topical steroid provides relief from itching and reduces inflammation.
Pain relievers are a necessity to relieve pain and bring down fevers. Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are popular over-the-counter pain relievers.
Gauze and tape
For small cuts and scrapes, gauze pads can be used to apply pressure until the bleeding stops. When used with tape, gauze can serve as bandage to cover and protect wounds. Adhesive bandages of a variety of sizes are also recommended.
Wipes or solutions for wounds
Before you apply a bandage, you need to clean scrapes or wounds. Antiseptic wipes or sprays are convenient for cleaning injuries when there’s no clean water nearby. Sterile water or saline, such as contact lens saline solution, is good to have for flushing out eye injuries and can be used on other wounds.