Packing a camping first aid kit and knowing how to use it is an essential element for a fun and safe trip. The adventures of living outdoors come with a fair amount of risk and it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to planning for these conditions.
Your camping first aid kit should be small and compact, while still being able to fix the injuries you may encounter. Take a moment to ask yourself some questions about your trip to see what items you should pack:
The list below is a list of recommended items for your camping first aid kit.
First Aid Kit
|Band aids, ¾”||5|
|Band aids, 1”||5|
|3” x 3” gauze pads||5|
|4” x 4” gauze pads||5|
|Gauze roll, 2” wide||1|
|Adhesive tape, roll||1|
|Antiseptic wipes, packets||10|
|Antibiotic cream, tube||1|
|Chewable aspirin, small bottle||1|
|Antacid tablets, roll||1|
|Burn cream, packets||5|
|Benadryl cream, small tube||1|
|Caladryl lotion, travel size||1|
|Elastic ACE bandage, roll||1|
Many outdoor and retail stores sell nice kits in zipper pouches that allow you to expand, like the one pictured above. You could also use something as simple as a zip-lock bag or small toiletry kit.
Another consideration is how to carry your first aid kit. I like having it clipped to the outside of my backpack or day-pack with some small carabineer clips. This way, it’s easily accessible by myself or others without dumping my whole pack on the ground. A fun pre-camping trip activity with the kids is making their very own small first aid kits out of an old film container or metal mint tin.
Whatever your camping first aid kit contains, put some thought into it, pack it, and hopefully you won’t have to use it!
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