10 First Aid Essentials Every Camping Kit Should Have

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When it comes to camping, it is imperative to be prepared for any eventuality.

Having an up-to-date first aid kit is a vital aspect of camping.

While you may not be planning on using it, it’s better to have the medications and tools on hand rather than go without. A first aid kit even made it onto our list of gift ideas for campers and hikers.

You may be wondering, what your kit should have in it (other than band-aids)?

Well, lucky for you because we’ve put together a list of ten first aid essentials. So get your notepad and pen out and we’ll begin!

1. Bandages

This is the most obvious when preparing a first aid kit, but we felt that it’s important to mention.

Any type of scratch, cut and blister will need to be covered to prevent infection and further irritation. If left exposed, a scratch can result in severe consequences. You can be proactive by having bandages on hand.

Sprains and breaks can also be accommodated with a sturdy gauze. This gauze will keep the bone in its rightful place, thus preventing further injury to the affected area.

Make sure that you have a variety of different types and sizes of bandages. Band-Aids, gauze and sports tape should be included in any first aid kit.

2. Oral Medications

When loading up your first aid kit, be sure to include several staple over-the-counter medications.

Whether it’s as minor as a headache or as major as a sudden fracture, Ibuprofen is good to have on hand to combat these ailments and reduce swelling.

Another good medication to keep on hand is an antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Claritin. If someone in your party has an allergic reaction, these antihistamines will counteract their effect and allow the camping fun to continue.

Other oral medications to include are rehydration salts to prevent dehydration and glucose packets to prevent low blood sugar.

3. Topical Medications

When strolling down the medicine aisle, looking for things to ply your first aid kit with, don’t forget the topical medications.

A few other medications to keep on hand are anti-itch cream, antibiotic cream, eye drops and insect repellent. Don’t forget an anti-itch cream and an antibiotic cream.

Having these easily accessible will keep your camping trip running smoothly and itch-free.

4. Emergency Blanket

Every first aid kit should have some type of emergency blanket.

While this might seem extreme if this is your first emergency kit, let us assure you. It’s not.

The main purpose of an emergency blanket is to keep you, or someone else, as warm as possible. This might not seem like a big deal but in the wilderness, conserving your body heat is imperative to survival and preventing further injury.

In addition to preserving heat, emergency blankets can provide extra shelter and serve as a distress signal. Because of the metallic material that emergency blankets are composed of, it’ll be easier for emergency services to locate you.

5. Cold Compress

A cold compress is another first aid kit essential.

An instant cold compress is a type of compress that is activated when squeezed and applied pressure to.

Applying a cold compress can reduce swelling and inflammation, stop bleeding and reduce significant bruising. Make sure to include this essential when compiling your first aid kit!

6. Skincare

Blisters, cuts, and scratches are awful to deal with on your camping trip. So after you’ve cleaned your wound, what do you cover it with?

For blisters, make sure that you have moleskin on hand. This adhesive covering is more durable than typical bandaids and is thicker, offering more support and cushion.

Skin glue is an adhesive that keeps small cuts and wounds closed. This closure is important in the healing process, as it prohibits bacteria from entering the wound.

If you’ve got a non-adhesive dressing covering a cut or burn, make sure that you’ve got medical tape in your first aid kit. Medical tape is excellent for keeping dressings in place.

7. Tools

When putting together your first aid kit, be sure to include certain tools to better equip you for any situation.

Scissors are one of the most important tools your first aid kit can possess. They’re handy in both medical and non-medical situations and can easily cut through most materials.

Tweezers are also valuable in your first aid kit. Tweezers are helpful in cleaning debris out of cuts and wounds.

Safety pins can also help remove debris from cuts and wounds. They also can aid in removing splinters and holding dressings in place.

8. Disposable Gloves

The general idea is that while your blood isn’t dangerous to you, other people’s blood is. Bodily fluids can contain and spread infections.

If you’re helping someone with a cut or wound, disposable gloves should be a top priority.

Using disposable gloves can keep both you and the wounded safe and prevent infection from being spread.

9. Splints

You never plan to break, fracture or sprain a bone.

Being prepared and having adequate splints in your first aid kit will reduce worsening the break. When stocking up on supplies for your camping first aid kit, make sure to have varying sizes of splints.

With roller gauze, medical tape and splints in your first aid kit, you’re more than prepared to handle most breaks.

10. Information & Important Details

The last thing that we feel is important to have in your first aid kit is a list of local phone numbers of authorities.

Include in your first aid kit a waterproof paper with important phone numbers of authorities, emergency contacts, and any other pertinent information.

First aid kits usually include some sort of manual. If you’re putting together your own customized kit, create a manual explaining and giving directions about all the materials you’ve included.

First Aid Essentials

There you have it!

A comprehensive list of ten things that you should have as first aid essentials when camping. Keep in mind that first aid kits should be regularly updated and replenished if materials run low.

If you keep all of that in mind, your camping trips should be a breeze. Even if it’s not, you’ll be more than prepared.

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