Scissors, blankets, bandages and gauze are not usually among the suntan oil, soda, and snacks people take along on road or boat trips. But in the event of an emergency, they can be helpful.
The American Red Cross offers an automobile and boat first aid kit for travelers.
"Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 34," said Karen Pal, marketing specialist for the D.C. Chapter of the American Red Cross. "And for people age 5 to 29, more than 20 percent of all injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents."
Each kit contains standard first aid equipment in individual packets categorized by type of injury. And each packet has separate instructions so use of the kit does not require taking a first aid course, Pal said. However, she emphasized that a first aid course can be very useful.
The kits, about the size of a small pillow, are lightweight and waterproof. If an accident occurs, they will not injure someone when tossed around. And the contents can be replaced through mail order or by buying the items in a drug store.
The kit costs $24.95 plus tax. To order the kit or for more information on taking a first aid course, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross.