Car First Aid Kit Idea

How to Make a Compact First Aid Kit in a placemat By Carmel C. Instructions on how to make a compact First Aid kit for your car using a placemat and 1 gallon size ziplock bags. first aid kit in a placemat 012What you will need: Cloth Place Mat – approx. 12″x18″ 1 yard of 1 1/4″ wide ribbon Heavy (carpet) thread 6 one gallon zip-loc plastic bags

1.  Pin the ribbon down the center of the place mat, on the 18′ side, leaving tails at each end for tying.

2.  Sew up each side of the ribbon and anchor it at each end of the place mat, by stitching 2 or 3 times.

3.  Open the placemat with the ribbon on the under side and place 3 zip-loc bags with the opening towards the left and 3 bags wiith the opening to the right.

4.  Overlap the bags in the middle, adjusting the length to the size of the placemat, so the bags don’t show over the top.

5.  Sew down the middle of all layers of bags at once. Stitch again, about 1/4″ from the center seam on both sides, for strength.

6.  Fill the bags with First Aid Supplies and tie the kit shut with the ribbon.

Place under the seat of your car.


1. Gauze (squares or a roll), adhesive tape, scissors, band-aids, butterfly bandage strips, antiseptic cream, tweezers. antiseptic towelettes or alcohol swabs, sanitary napkins for compresses.

2. Latex gloves, dust masks to ward off germs, elastic bandage with safety pins.

3. Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, wash cloth, bar of soap.

4. Pain and discomfort supplies: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Vicodin or other pain pills, cold and allergy pills, Benadryl for itch and bee stings, gas relief pills, Immodium for diarreah, eye drops, pain reliever cream, burn ointment and lip balm.

5. Foil blankets, hand warmers, instant ice pack, packet of tissue.

6. First Aid book, glucose tablets and snacks for diabetics,  pencil and pad of paper.

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Photo by LDS Intelligent Living

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