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the first aid kit for families on vacation

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

If you are going on vacation with family members, then you should consider taking with you a first-aid kit, especially if you are going to remote areas.
Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a big difference in an emergency. Also, consider taking a first-aid class, but simply having the following items can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection, and relieve pain and swelling:
-- scissors
-- tweezers
-- thermometer
-- sterile gloves
-- insect repellent
-- instant cold packs
-- first-aid instructions
-- flashlight and penlight
-- insect sting relief pads
-- cell phone with charger
-- cotton tipped applicators
-- antacid (for upset stomach)
-- adhesive tape and tape rolls
-- gauze pads and rolled guaze
-- burn ointment to prevent infection
-- antiseptic wipes and alcohol swabs
-- prescription medications that must be taken every day
-- hydrocortisone cream to stop itches and to heal rashes
-- adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes such as band-aid
-- prescribed medical supplies such as blood sugar monitor
-- pain and fever reliever such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen
-- antibiotic ointment such as triple antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
-- anti-diarrhea medication such as the over-the-counter medication Loperamide
-- mouthpiece for administering CPR (you can get one from a local Red Cross office)
-- hydrogen peroxide to prevent the risk of infection of minor cuts, scrapes and burns
And any other item that you think your family may need in an emergency. Also, make sure the first aid kit is kept in an easy-to-reach place, but out of children's reach.





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