Why You Need a Car First Aid Kit

If you drive a car, you need a car first aid kit. Plain and simple. You may think that since you already have a first aid kit at home, you’re all set. Sadly, that’s not quite the case. Read on to see why you should throw an IFAK in your car!

Why You Need a First Aid Kit in Your Car

It Goes Everywhere You Go

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Take a moment to think about how far you are from your car at any given moment. Most people use their car to get around, whether that be for work, the store, or vacation. So, how useful would keeping a first aid kit in your car be? Many people will have a single first aid kit they keep at home, but you can’t access that kit if you leave the house. On the other hand, if you drove to work and needed your kit, you could just run outside and grab it. 

You’re Driving a Death Trap

Not enough people realize that when they get into their car, they’re about to drive a giant metal death trap that weighs several tons at insane speeds. Despite all the impressive safety features installed in the latest models, those features aren’t infallible and can’t always account for user or outside interference. So besides reevaluating your driving habits, the best thing you can do to help yourself is keep an IFAK in your car. Thousands of car accidents happen every day, so you never know when you or someone you come across may need it!

You Never Know When or Where an Emergency Will Happen

Car accidents aren’t the only bad thing that could happen. Not to be paranoid, but everything from a paper cut to a natural disaster could happen while you’re out and about. It’s a crazy world out there, and since I’ve yet to meet anyone with precognition, you need to be prepared. While most injuries you encounter likely won’t need more than a bandaid, what if you do need something more heavy-duty? Don’t leave your life up to chance; keep a first aid kit on hand!

EMS Could Take A While
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Emergency services train to be at an emergency as quickly as possible. However, you can never be sure exactly how far away they will be, especially if the accident happened somewhere remote. A person can bleed out in minutes, so if EMS is an hour away, they will be far too late. However, if you have a car first aid kit, you can do everything in your power to ensure the victim is still alive when emergency services finally arrive.

Bragging Rights

How many people do you know who actually keep an IFAK in their car? Once you have one, you’ll be able to be the reliable friend/oh humble hero whenever you come across some poor, injured soul. 

What Does a Car First Aid Kit Need?

Everything! Just kidding, your portable purse doesn’t need a bunch of junk you’ll never use. We do recommend including life-saving supplies such as tourniquets, hemostatic gauze, chest seals, and pressure bandages, but all the little things are up to you! A first aid kit can be customized to whatever your lifestyle needs. Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of what we recommend you include for a more flushed-out kit: 

  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antimicrobial wipes
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  • Bandages in various sizes
  • Blister tape
  • Burn gel
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Chest Seals
  • CPR shield
  • Emergency Pressure Bandage
  • First aid guide
  • Gloves
  • Ibuprofen
  • Non-adherent gauze pads
  • Skin glue
  • Space blanket
  • Splint
  • Triangle bandage
  • Tourniquet

Why Do We Care?

The idea for My Medic and the goal to save lives came from a tragic loss. After a catastrophic car accident, a loved one was severely injured. Bystanders tried to help, but between the lack of training and equipment, they passed away before emergency services arrived. Our goal is to prevent unnecessary deaths and help people receive the proper equipment and training to act in emergencies.

What Does This Mean For You?

Ultimately, your life is in your hands. You need to take the initiative to prepare yourself for unexpected circumstances, and one of the highest priorities is having a car first aid kit. If you don’t already have one or don’t have the time to put one together yourself, My Medic makes high-quality first aid kits. No matter your needs, we have a kit for you! 

Author | Allison Lee

I'm Allison, a content writer at My Medic. My passion is empowering others with first aid knowledge and skills through my writing.


  • I carry a basic kit but my biggest concern is something for the shooting range. What do you suggest. Also cost is a factor, I understand saving lives should be the most important but living on a budget it’s hard to afford the best.
    My Medic replied:
    Hey Jerry! If you want something small and more cost-effective for the range, we’d recommend either the Everyday Carry or the TFAK!

    Jerry Hensley
  • Bout 1of ur kits to put in my truck. 2 tour Marine combat vet . Retired F/F paramedic Lt . Haven’t needed , hopefully never will , but ready ! Thanks Jack
    My Medic replied:
    Way to be prepared, but we agree and also hope you’ll never need it! Thanks for reading!

    John Fearns
  • I have one of your large first aid packs for the house which one do you recommend for my three vehicles
    My Medic replied:
    Hey Larry, glad to hear you’re already prepared at home! We recommend the Everyday Carry, TFAK, MyFAK Mini Pro, or MyFAK Pro for your vehicles depending on how many supplies you wish to have on hand. If you want something small that sticks to the basics, the Everyday Carry or TFAK is for you. If you want bandages and basic first aid supplies too, one of the MyFAKs will be the kit for you!

    Larry Chesney
  • I have come across more car accidents before EMT arrive. I’m done being ill prepared or scavenging magazines and shoestrings to create splints for broken arms and wrists. Most were texting/driving. I would also add single use icepacks. Ease swelling/pain from bumps on forehead to bone breaks until EMT arrive.

    My Medic replied:
    Thanks for your insights Becca, and we completely agree!

    Becca Blackett
  • I am totally on board with this an agree 100%. Sadly however I am your competitor… but hey, lets save lives together.
    My Medic replied:
    Hey, saving lives is the important thing so let’s focus on that! Always nice to see others with the same goal!


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