Hiking, camping, swimming and so much more, summer is an active season. For many, summer is all about adventures, exploring and soaking up every minute of sunlight possible. With all that activity, there’s more opportunity for skinned knees, bug bites and sun overexposure. Having a simple kit ready for whatever may come, you’ll be better prepared for all of the adventures that present themselves.
Invest in a medium plastic tote and fill it up with the essentials. It’s a great idea to keep this summer survival kit in your car in a cool spot so that it’s easily accessible when you have need for it.
Protect your family and yourself from the elements with the below items:
- Cold Compress – You never know when you’ll strain your back, neck or something else trying to overextend your physical abilities while adventuring this summer. The instant cold compresses are easy to use and don’t have to be kept frozen. These are also great for ‘strawberries’ or the scratches our little ones are prone to.
- Eye Wash – This one is especially helpful if you live near the beach. Little ones with sand grains in their eyes can be miserable. But dirt, dust and bugs tend to fly around no matter where you are this summer. Avoid a serious scratch or eye injury with a bottle of eye wash.
- Bandages/Peroxide/Triple Antibiotic – These first aid essentials are a no brainer. You’re out and about and accidents happen. Be prepared with these three classic provisions.
- Pain Reliever – Tylenol, ibuprofen or aspirin, whatever your preference, it’s great to have these handy when you need them. Long days of strenuous activity in the heat can lead to aches, pains and headaches that if nipped quickly need only be minor annoyances and not show stoppers.
- Baby Wipes – You will be amazed how many uses you find for a package of baby wipes throughout your day. From boo-boo’s to runny noses, dirty hands to sticky mystery matter, baby wipes are irreplaceable in a survival kit for any season.
- Hand Sanitizer – Keep this quick clean up on hand so you can move with ease from digging and climbing to picnics and quick bites between outdoor adventures.
- Sunscreen/Lip Balm – Burns can be severe if not properly protected. Keep sunscreen on hand and reapply every two hours. Don’t forget lip balm with sunscreen as well.
- Aloe Vera – In the event you didn’t reapply often enough, you’ll be grateful to have some aloe on hand to soothe savage sunburns.
- Bug Spray – Mosquitos and Noseeums can be menacing during the warmer months. Keep bug spray on hand to deter these hungry critters.
- Anti-Itch Spray – Itchy bites can drive anyone crazy and children seem to struggle with the annoyance more than anyone. Pack some anti-itch spray or ointment in your survival kit and serve it up generously when called for.
- Water and Snacks – Perhaps the most important thing to remember during the hot summer months is to stay hydrated. The heat can take a lot out of you and the smaller members of your crew. Remember to drink as much water as possible to avoid headaches, overheating and even fainting. Don’t forget that you can get dehydrated even at the pool. Snacks are great to have on hand when you’re long summer days fill up with so much adventure that you miss a meal here or there. Keep your body fueled with food and water so you can continue to play.
Even if you’re well prepared, slips, trips and accidents can happen. If you or a loved one is involved in a personal injury accident, contact The Personal Injury Attorney Department at The Law Offices of Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.