Road Side Medical Care Kit

by Tess Pennington

Emergencies can arise in the most unlikely places – even while on the road. Leaving home means venturing away from the security and the supplies within it. While no one plans to get sick or hurt on the road, accidents can and do happen.

Preparedness websites and organizations alike have suggested carrying emergency supplies for the car, as well as a medical care kit. When a person plans for an emergency, they think of the worst case scenario and plans accordingly for the scenarios. Planning for these situations ahead of time can add convenience and relief to your life.

Pre-assembled first aid kits can be purchased in stores, or you can make your own vehicle kit at a fraction of the cost. If you plan to make your own first aid kit, keep some considerations in mind:

  • Keep in mind the the unique needs of your family.
  • If you have children, make sure you have child appropriate medications.
  • If a family member has severe allergies or illnesses such as diabetes, keep necessary supplies on hand such as an EpiPen or insulin close by.
  • Have emergency phone numbers written down in case you need to call from a pay phone.

Vehicle Medical Care Kit Suggestions

  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Allergy medication
  • Eye drops
  • Exam gloves
  • Pain reliever
  • Band-aids (in different sizes)
  • Ace bandage
  • First aid ointment
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Cold pack
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Flare, compass, mirror
  • Flashlight
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

When an emergency occurs while driving, you want to be as prepared as you would be as if you were in your home. Having some medical and first aid supplies on hand to deal with upset stomachs, headaches, or minor medical emergencies can save time, money and provide relief when you’re in a pinch.

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But if you follow this book’s plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months or even years. Visit her web site at

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