You’ve just selected your tent campsite and have started to set-up your tent, when one of your kids comes running to you with a cut finger. Just then you remember you didn’t pack a first aid kit. It might surprise you to know that many campers and hikers often set-out without any sort of first aid equipment. As you can see, accidents can and do happen from time to time. With a little time and money you can be prepared for most emergencies.
You have a couple of options when it comes to putting together a camping first aid kit – buy a pre-made one or build your own. If you decide to design your own first aid kit, think of the probable injuries you may encounter: cuts, scrapes, sprains, strains, dislocations and breaks, burns, bites and stings, headaches and minor aches, nausea and diarrhea.
Here’s a basic list of items for your camping first aid kit:
- Brightly colored fanny pack – to hold your first aid kit ingredients
- Flashlight w/batteries – a small one that fits in a pocket of your fanny pack
- Whistle and mirror – for signaling for help
- Tweezers and a magnifying glass – for removing slivers or ticks
- Scissors – one to cut gauze and bandage tape
- Alcohol wipes – for cleaning needles, clippers, tweezers, and to clean off the affected area you’re treating
- Aloe Vera Gel – for minor burns – including sunburn, and skin rashes
- Neosporin – for minor cuts
- Bandages – various sizes, 4×4 gauze, roll gauze, and adhesive tape
- Splint material – bandana and large safety pins
- Antiseptic – to wash out cuts and scrapes
- Handbook for first aid – provides instructions for most emergencies
- Tylenol or Motrin for adults and children
- Benadryl – for allergic reactions
- Pepto-Bismol (chewable tablets) – for anti-nausea, anti-diarrhea, and antacid
- Saline solution – eye wash and to irrigate other wounds
- Bug spray
- Non-latex medical gloves – for those performing first aid
- Bee sting and snake bite kit as appropriate
Also remember to bring any medications specific to those at your campsite (prescriptions, inhalers, diabetic supplies, etc).
You don’t want to leave home without a Camping First Aid Kit. You never know when you might need one. Be prepared.