Must-Haves for Your Winter First Aid Kit

Written by Nancy

The 2020 winter predictions for Canada are as brutal as they’ve always been—dominated with snow, hail, ice, and slush.

The met station has predicted the incoming months to be frosty and frigid, with the coldest possible temperature expected to hit -40°C. According to AccuWeather, most of the snow is expected to hit north-western British Columbia.

This means that the residents of BC need to get their water heaters repaired, bring out their warmest winter gear—and most importantly, get their winter first aid kits ready.

Let’s go over what the winter first aid kit includes and its must-haves:

Some Basic Medicines

Cold and flu are common in the winters. Cough, nasal congestion, and runny noses are all telling symptoms. If it’s snowing heavily outside, going out to a pharmacy might not be feasible. Make sure you have basic medication for cold, flu, and allergies at home.

Other than antihistamines, common OTC medicines that help lessen cold and flu symptoms are:

  1. Aspirin
  2. Ibuprofen (available under various local brand names)
  3. Mild cough suppressants
  4. Throat Lozenges
  5. Nasal steroid spray for nasal congestion

These medicines will only help you manage the symptoms until you can reach out to a doctor. A certified doctor may prescribe flu shots if you need them.

Note: Please consult a physician before taking any of the above-mentioned medicines.


Air-powered hand warmers

It’s a no-brainer that when you’re traveling out in the cold, your hands are the first to get cold—especially if you’re driving or shovelling. Having cold hands when you’re working or running errands can be troublesome and may make you more susceptible to falling sick. Hand warmers are small, disposable packets that protect your hands from getting too cold. They’re handy and portable and can be kept in your pockets, if not in the kit.

All you need to do is expose them to the air and they’ll heat up on their own. Good-quality hand warmers normally stay warm for as long as ten hours. Just make sure you’re using them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Emergency thermal blanket

An emergency thermal blanket, also known as the first aid blanket, should be kept in your car—especially if you’re driving during winters.

You can either use it as an extra layer of warmth or an add-on with the usual blanket if you’re traveling. They’re both waterproof and windproof and are used as an insulation material if the temperature drops too low and you’re driving for long hours.

To take your winter safety a notch up, enrol in Metro Safety Training’s first aid training now! The courses are offered in Coquitlam, Delta, Surrey, Richmond, and Vancouver and are accredited with the Canadian Red Cross.

You can contact Metro Safety here to learn more.

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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