Summer Road Trip Tips

Summer is a great time to take a road trip, but don’t leave your common sense at home. Pack up your vehicle with the gear you need to be ready for anything. 

Even if you’re just headed around the corner, it’s a good idea to have a first-aid kit in your car at all times. You can buy a ready-made kit or put together your own. Learn what the American Red Cross says you should always have with you. 


According to the American Red Cross, a first-aid kit should include items such as:

  • Absorbent compress dressings
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Adhesive cloth tape
  • Antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipe and hydrocortisone ointment packets
  • Aspirin
  • A blanket
  • An instant cold compress
  • Roller bandages
  • Sterile gauze bandages in various sizes
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • A first-aid instruction booklet

Every car should have a roadside emergency kit too. The U.S. Navy’s Naval Safety Center suggests traveling with items such as:
  • A road flare with matches or a warning triangle
  • Auto distress flag
  • Cell phone
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Bottled water and long-lasting snacks like granola bars
  • Extra fuses
  • A nonflammable tire inflator
  • Road maps
  • An empty gas can
  • A small tool kit containing basics such as screwdrivers, pliers and an adjustable wrench

Sure, it may seem like there won’t be room for your family and luggage if you’re carrying all this safety stuff. But it really won’t take up that much space—and just imagine how glad you’ll be to have these items if you need them.

Level II Trauma Center
We hope that you never need us, but if you do, the Gwinnett Medical Center Emergency Department in Lawrenceville has a Level II Trauma Center and the only designated trauma center in Gwinnett County. This means the hospital has met the criteria set forth by the Georgia Office of Emergency Medical Service and Trauma to care for critically injured patients. In the event of an emergency, learn what you need to bring to the hospital.

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