While most people setting off on a summer road trip might think to pack some adhesive bandages, sunscreen and bug repellent, a fully equipped first-aid kit often never even makes it onto the travel-planning list.

But public health and safety experts say that omission can be a big mistake.

“Minor injuries or emergencies can happen at any time and I think it's part of being prepared,” Dr. Gerry Predy, senior medical officer of health for Alberta Health Services, says of carrying a comprehensive first-aid kit in one's vehicle or while camping and hiking, especially in remote areas.

He advises that a watertight first-aid kit for home and vehicle should contain:

• Antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, Q-tips and liquid soap.
• Sunscreen.
• Acetaminophen for fever and pain; ibuprofen for inflammation.
• Adhesive bandages and gauze pads in various sizes; splints.
• Single-edged razor blades or scalpel blades and handle.
• Chemical ice pack.
• Tweezers, safety pins and scissors; non-allergenic medical tape, duct tape.
• Needle and thread, pen, pencil, paper and a whistle.
• Foil blanket.
• First aid instruction booklet, non-latex medical gloves.
• Flashlight, extra batteries.