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It seems everywhere we’ve been in recent weeks, there’s a big buzz of summer. Supermarket aisles, city parks, schools, work, here, there and everywhere. Summer is on everyone’s lips and everyone’s smiles. It is just so amazingly infectious because, well, summer is amazing. However, the warm weather of summer isn’t on rainbows and butterflies; there are some little things us parents have to be aware of and alter, and the family first aid kit is certainly one of them.
Waltz over to that barely opened cabinet, where your first aid kit lives, dust it off, open it and update the essentials to meet the needs of summer. It may also be worth making a replica kit that you can take with you in the car. You never know, you may go on a spontaneous hiking trip and forget to pack one.
Here is our list of summer essentials to keep you and your family safe and happy this warm summer:
Waterproof Phone Case
Start by getting yourself a waterproof case for your phone. Something that won’t let any moisture creep inside. You know you’re more likely to be around pools, sprinklers, water guns, and other water fun this time of year. All of which can destroy a phone if it’s not protected. Plus this way if you have an emergency you will have a phone that works and can call someone for help.
Sanitizing wipes are an absolute must-have when it comes to first aid kits. Not so much for the person who needs attention but for you. Why? You have got to clean your hands before leaping up to play nurse.
It doesn’t matter whether this is a towelette or an ointment, a cream or a liquid to pour onto a cotton ball. Antiseptic whatever is the best way to clean out a cut or scrap. Period.
You really want to get a variety of bandages, band-aids, or whatever you want to call them. The more sizes the better. Also, don’t forget other things like gauze, tape and maybe even some blister pads, just in case.
Tea Tree Oil
Why is this always overlooked? Tea tree oil is one of the best remedies for some of the nastiest irritations. It can be used to treat chigger bites, poison ivy stings, burns, mosquito bites and just about any other skin irritation.
Yeah, we know these once had to be kept in a freezer in order for them to work as ice packs, but this is 2017. Instant ice packs are totally a thing, so put some inside your first aid kit as a way of dealing with inflammation.
The summer is here and that means so are bugs. Wasps, bees, mosquitoes, midges, nasty little ants, and whatever else you can think of. They all love summer. So get some insect spray so that you and your family can play outside without having to worry too much about the bugs.
One of the worst injuries anyone can sustain is an injury to the eye. Eyes are just so sensitive. That’s why we recommend you always have a saline solution on hand to clean out eyes, should the need arise.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.