What You Need in Your Car’s First Aid Kit

In December 2016, the death toll on South African roads increased by 17% compared to the previous year, and that was just at the beginning of the month.

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By the time everyone had returned home in early January, the death toll was well over 1000. There are no figures for minor or serious injuries.

That’s why it’s so important to keep a first aid kit in the car at all times.

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Netcare 911’s recommended first aid kit for travellers

  • 4 packs of sterile gauze
  • Adhesive, hypoallergenic tape
  • Adhesive bandages in several sizes
  • 2 triangular elastic bandages
  • Crepe roller bandages – 1 large and 1 small
  • Sterile dressings – 2 large and 2 small
  • Burnshield dressings of various sizes
  • 2 eye pads with bandages
  • Pack of sterile cotton wool swabs
  • Assorted plasters
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic cream
  • 1 pack of paracetamol tablets and liquid paracetamol
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Additional supplies of prescription medication (if going away on holiday)
  • Tweezers
  • Sharp scissors
  • 6 safety pins
  • Face cloth
  • Thermometer
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • Space blanket
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • List of emergency contact numbers e.g. ambulance, family doctor, paediatrician etc…

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