FIRST AID Packing Tips
Camping is a great way to detach from the demands of everyday life and reconnect with nature. It’s good for reducing stress levels and increasing overall happiness in one’s life. If you’re planning to hit the road, you’ll want to prepare ahead of time so that you can spend your vacation worry-free. An essential part of any camping trip is having a proper first aid kit. We’ve put together a simple list of first-aid packing tips to help you plan ahead for your journey.
Below is a list of items best to bring along in a basic first aid kit and an additional list of items to consider for major injuries. Keep in mind, it’s important to research where you’re going beforehand; how far you do have to go? What level of skill is required to hike/bike/climb or play there? These questions may have you thinking deeper about what you should take along in your first aid kit. A basic kit can be bulked up with items found around the house or purchased fairly inexpensively. It’s also a great idea to stock up on your prescriptions so you don’t run out while you are away.
The Basics | For minor injuries & discomforts:
- Antiseptic sanitising wipes for all surfaces and hand sanitizer.
- Band-aids and blister kit.
- Alcohol wipes. These help clean any scrapes so that no dirt or germs remain in the wound.
- Neosporin/Bicatracin. Prevents infection and minimizes scarring.
- Anti-histamine, insect sting, anti-itch cream.
- Ibuprofen and/or Acetaminophen. Otherwise known as Advil or Tylenol.
- Antacids. Heart-burn or acid-reflux can really rain on your parade.
- Immodium or anti-diarrheal medication. When these are needed, you are glad to have them.
- Aloe Vera gel. Can be used on insect bites, burns & sunburns.
- Tweezer, nail clippers, scissors.
- Lubricating eye drops.
Advanced First Aid | For major injuries:
- Gauze bandages and tape.
- Disposable, latex-free gloves.
- Emergency blanket.
- Tampons & Maxi-pads. These are not only for feminine hygiene but also great for bigger wounds or puncture wounds to apply pressure and stop bleeding.
- An Epi-Pen. If you have one of these, they are great to have in case of an emergency. If you are allergic to bees, you should always have an epi-pen with you when camping.
- Snake bite kit.
- Ace Bandage. Got weak ankles? Be sure to take one of these along.
- Duct Tape. Comes in handy for various reasons. Fix a hole in your boot or make a stretcher. Either way, duct tape might save the day.
Over the counter medications should be taken as directed and always discuss any medications with your doctor.
People with diseases such as diabetes or heart conditions should always travel with a medical necklace around their neck.
Get First Aid and CPR certified if you are not already. You can find more information through the American Red Cross about classes near you. It is a valuable skill to have & it could save a life.
The Red Cross has a great online store with first aid kits and additional emergency supplies if you need to bulk up your kit. Taking inventory of your first aid kit prior to every trip is always a great idea.
You know what you don’t have to pack? Your basic camping gear! Lost Campers has you covered with basic camping equipment included in our budget-friendly daily rates. With us, you don’t have to pay extra to get bedding, cooking equipment, or camping chairs. Get your quote today– we book up fast and it’d be a shame to miss out on your next adventure with Lost Campers!