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Customize a Car First Aid Kit for Your Teen – or Yourself

When it comes to the safety of our loved ones, we want to protect them as best as we can in the event of an emergency. That’s why we recommend keeping a first aid kit in your teen’s new car. Putting together a well-stocked and ready-to-use car first aid kit takes some worry out of being on the road for both you and your young driver. Whether you’re customizing a car accident first aid kit or a car camping first aid kit, get started with these essential items:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Antiseptic wipe packets
  • Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Adhesive cloth tape
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Triple-antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Instant cold packs
  • Non-latex exam gloves
  • Emergency first aid guide

To keep these contents organized and together in one place, use a carrying case. We suggest choosing a hard formed plastic box or a soft bag — something that is practical enough to fit in a small compartment in your teen’s car (where it is also readily available and easy to access when needed). If you do not already own either of these options, you can purchase one online or from your local drug store.

Whether you decide to add all the items on the car first aid kit list or only a few, make sure it has everything your teenage driver might need on the road. If you want to go the extra mile, include any personal items such as medications or emergency phone numbers, and check the kit regularly in case you need to replace any used or expired contents.

Aside from the first aid basics like bandages, wet wipes and scissors, you may also want to keep the following in your teen’s car to help them feel more at ease in the face of any car-related emergency or stressful roadside scenario:

  • Flashlight with a set of batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Non-perishable snacks like granola bars
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain poncho
  • Warm blanket
  • Bandana

Since you can’t always be there to help your teen during an emergency, these car first aid kit DIY essentials can help keep them prepared for the unexpected. For the Red Cross’ complete list of items to include in your kit, click here.

Call 855-993-4470, get your free quote online, or find a local agent. If you need additional information about keeping a first aid kit, you can visit our Contact Us page.