Pack Wisely For The Highway

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. 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
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.
We’re Here for You
While we hope you’ll never need our Emergency Departments or Children’s Emergency Center, they’re open to care for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are staffed by expert doctors and nurses specially trained in emergency care. Gwinnett Medical Center is also accredited as a chest pain center and a stroke center.


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