Camping First Aid Kit

Brandi M. Seals

It is important to always be prepared for the unexpected. With camping that could mean anything from bad weather to a severe accident. That is why it is important to always be prepared. Take along a first aid kit and be prepared to use it should anything happen.

First aid kits can be purchased as a set or put together by you. I prefer to put my own together, that way I know how to use all the items in it and I can customize what it contains. Of course you can add any additional items to a prepackaged first aid kit, I would just recommend that you know what all the contents are for and how to use them. After all, you won't have time to learn in an emergency.

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For the most part all camping or hiking first aid kits should include:

  • Elastic roll bandages
  • Aspirin/Ibuprofen
  • Adhesive tape
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Bandages in various sizes
  • Irrigating syringe
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Medicated wipes
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Gauze
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Bug spray
  • Cotton swabs
  • Scissors
  • Sunscreen
  • Tweezers
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Thermometer
  • Burn Ointment
  • Lighter or Matches
  • Anesthetic spray

A first aid kit can only do so much. Before beginning any trip you would be wise to familiarize yourself with any potential hazards in the area. Are there poisonous snakes or plants? Is the mold count high? These along with other factors can detract from any camping adventure and lead to possible emergencies. Thus the best way to stay safe is to plan ahead. You should also make note of where the nearest phone is and ranger stations.

If anyone on the trip has severe allergies to something they could potentially encounter (such as bees) it would be wise to consult a doctor before the trip as well as pack an EpiPen. EpiPens contain a prescribed dose of epinephrine and can be self injected if there is an allergic reaction.

Hopefully you will never need to use your camping first aid kit, but it is very important to always bring one along just in case something happens.

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May 19, 20060 found this helpful

A SPRAY BOTTLE FILLED WITH WATER IS HANDY TO HAVE ALSO TO CLEAN SCRAPES AND CUTS WHEN YOUR UNABLE TO REACH WATER.

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