How to get your first aid kit ready for Road Trips?

With the arrival of summer, post lockdown, Aussies are jumping on the chance for some fresh air and a change of scenery. 

Australia has some of the most amazing beaches and bushwalks, but we are also home to a variety of creatures who may cause harm when they are disturbed. The most common injuries to happen outdoors range from breaks, sprains and cuts to snake bites, spider bites and jellyfish stings.  

Before you put on your hiking boots or bathers, the important question to ask yourself is, is your first aid kit ready for the outdoors/travel? Here are some tips to make sure your on hand First Aid Kit has the necessary equipment for you to stay safe on your trip. 

Keep your car First Aid ready 

With most Canberrans still preferring to use their private vehicles to get around due to COVID, it is essential to ensure your car has a first aid kit for when you are out and about.

A comparison of our top car first aid kits: 

  Kit type  Best for  Price 
Motoring First Aid Kit

 

Motoring 
First Aid Kit
 
Small Handy kit in the car for 
emergency situations 
$39.95 
Car Safety 
First Aid Kit
 
Useful for treating injuries common to 
motor vehicles 
$54.95 

 

To highlight a few differences between the two, the Car Safety First Aid Kit contains the additional 

  • Safety triangles 
  • Emergency blanket 
  • High vis vest 

These items ensure driver safety, should there be a need to stop. 

If you are travelling to the beach 

With the nearest beaches two hours away, many Canberrans have been opting for a day trip to the coast for some sand and the sea breeze. Although fun will be front of mind, it is also necessary to prepare supplies and your first aid kit in case of any emergencies. 

A few things to consider: 

  • Location: Beach patrol guard and location amenities (ice packs and hot water for pain relief in the event of jellyfish stings).
  • Local creatures: Risk of aquatic creature stings and areas to avoid. 
  • Your activities: Risk of injuries and time you will be out in the sun. 

Consider bringing: 

  Item  Best for  Price 
Non-Freeze Instant Cold Pack  Non-Freeze Instant 
Cold Pack
 
Relieves pain and swelling associated with injuries including muscular aches, strains, bruising, bitten or stung areas.  $7.05 
  Water  Hydration   
Sunscreen Lotion Sunscreen  Protection from the harsh Australian Sun.  $7.95 

 

Pressure Compression Bandage Pressure Compression Bane 

 

Use for sprains & strains, venomous snake & 
spider bites. 
$19.95 

 

 

If you are hiking outdoors 

If you love exploring the outdoors and enjoying the wonderful sights in beautiful Australia, you will want to do it safely.  

A few things to consider: 

  • Location: How remote your trip will be. (The further away from medical facilities, the more equipped your kit should be.) 
  • Local creatures: if you will be travelling to areas where snakes, spiders, jellyfish and various insects will be active.
  • Your activities: how risky your activities will be. 

Keeping the best First Aid Kit on hand is necessary to stay safe on your trip. 

Consider bringing: 

  Item  Best for  Price 
Non-Freeze Instant Cold Pack  Non-Freeze Instant 
Cold Pack
 
Relieves pain and swelling associated with injuries including muscular aches, strains, bruising, bitten or stung areas.  $7.05 
  Water  Hydration.   
Sunscreen Lotion Sunscreen  Protection from the harsh 
Australian Sun. 
$7.95 

 

Pressure Compression Bandage Pressure Compression Bandage 

 

Use for sprains & strains, venomous snake & 
spider bites. 
$19.95 

 

Snake Bite First Aid Kit Snake Bite 
First Aid Kit
  
Portable snakebite kit.  $23.19 
Snake Bite Bumbag First Aid Kit Snake Bite Bumbag 
First Aid Kit
 
More comprehensive snakebite kit with whistle.  $29.95 

First Aid Kits for outdoors and travel 

Whether you are at the beach or hiking outdoors, having a portable first aid kit on you or in your vehicle is important in case of any emergencies.

Here’s a list of first aid kits that you can consider:  

  Kit type  Best for  Price 
Personal Safety Kit  Personal
Safety Kit
 
Keeping you safe on the go. You’ll always be ready with bandages, dressings and swabs 
to treat minor injuries. 
$20.95 
Portable First Aid Kit Portable
First Aid Kit
 
For outdoor and adventure activities. It also fits easily into backpacks or can be made hands-free by attaching to a belt.  $39.95 
Small First Aid Kit Small 
First Aid Kit
 
Comprehensive range of first aid items for 
common injuries. 
$49.95 
Medium First Aid Kit Medium 
First Aid Kit
 
Day at a beach or a BBQ at home, through to holidays, camping and adventures in the playground. Comprehensive First Aid supplies for serious injuries.  $104.95 

If you are camping 

When camping at the beach or bush, consider the above-mentioned first aid kit options as well as the following:  

  Kit type  Best for  Price 
Camping Safety Kit  Camping
Safety Kit
 
Best for outdoor activities. 

Waterproof matches and a compass keep you safe in remote situations. 

 

$39.95 
Caravan and Camping First Aid Kit Caravan and Camping 
First Aid Kit
 
Your caravan or camping holiday.  $57.95 

Accidents can happen at any time and anywhere. Being prepared before an outdoor trip could benefit you and your family. Having a first aid kit with the right tools to render first aid in the initial minutes of an emergency will greatly increase chances of survival and proper recovery. 

How to get your first aid kit ready for Road Trips?

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