First-aid kits are important to have, whether you are traveling on a long-distance road trip or just going to the park with your kids. There are pre-assembled first-aid kits available at the drug store or at outdoors type stores. However, it can be more fun to put your own together from your local dollar store.
I visited my local dollar store (really a dollar plus store) to see what I could buy for my own personal first-aid kit. Surprisingly, they had quite a number of supplies available.
Bandages, cushions and wraps
There were several adhesive bandage boxes in assorted sizes as well as a variety of rolled gauze packs for wrapping over larger injured areas.
In addition, they had ankle and knee slide-on elastic support sleeves, which could also be used to secure a dressing or ice pack on an injured area.
They had round callus pads which could be used around a blister, and heel padding squares which could be cut to provide protection to other scraped areas if needed.
Peroxide, alcohol and antiseptics
Next to the adhesive bandages were cotton swabs, which are handy to clean any scrape, as well as small bottles of peroxide and alcohol. The store had prepackaged hand wipes and bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
However, there were no antiseptic creams.
Itch relief and skin protection
Farther down the shelf from the alcohol and peroxide I found insect repellent spray and antiseptic ointment. Sunscreen was kept in another part of the store.
Instant cold pack and heat packs
The store sold instant cold and hot packs that you activate when ready. In case you prefer to do it the old-fashioned way, they also sold hot water bottles you could fill with real ice or hot water.
At the register they had an assortment of first-aid medications in small handy sealed packages, which can be thrown into any kit. There was acetaminophen, ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea medicine and lip balms. They even had antacid for stomach upset.