How To Make A First Aid Kit For Camping
A camping first aid kit is an essential part of every camping trip supply check list. Here is how to make a solid first aid kit!
When it comes to camping, first aid is one of the most important parts of camping safety. You never know when someone will fall and scrape their knee or get a little too close to the fire. Having a well rounded first aid kit for camping could save your life and your trip! Here are some of the must-have things you need to know about how to make a first aid kit for camping.
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Choose a container
When choosing a container for your first aid kit, there are some things you want to keep in mind to get the right container for your camping trip. First, think about how many people will be traveling with you. You will likely need more supplies if you have a larger group than you would for just two people. While it’s certainly fine to have extras, you want to make sure there is enough.
Next, make sure that you choose an airtight container. Lunch boxes or containers with a tight seal are ideal because they can help keep things in use and sanitary when you need to use them. Bacteria and infection can ruin a first aid kit, so make sure you choose one that closes well.
Stocking your first aid kit
Stocking your first aid kit can be the hardest step because there are various scenarios you need to be prepared for. You might need burn supplies for campfire safety, wound care in case of a fall or injury, and even stuff to treat insect bites until you can get to a hospital.
Here are some of the basics you want to make sure your first aid kit has:
- Assorted sizes and shapes for bandages
- Gauze pads
- Blister pads or moleskin to treat blisters
- Antiseptic wipes
- Rubbing alcohol
- Antibiotic cream
- Burn cream
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Epipens or allergy supplies
- Prescriptions that anyone traveling with you takes
- Pain management medicine
- Anti-itch cream
- Bug spray
- Baby wipes
- Snakebite kit
- Hydrocortisone cream
Don’t forget the tools!
While camping, it’s not only essential to make sure that you have the right supplies to treat whatever you need your first aid kit for, but that you also have the tools ready to be able to treat them. Tools can be just as lifesaving as an antiseptic wipe!
Here are some basics you want to make sure to put in your first aid kit:
- Emergency blanket
- Duct tape
- Fingernail clippers
- Magnifying glass
- Medical grade gloves
- Needle and thread
- Safety pins
- Water purification tablets
Organize your supplies
Now that you have all of your materials gathered, it’s time to make sure that you properly organize your supplies! The first thing you will want to do is keep in mind that you will likely be using this kit when it’s an emergency. This means that you will be panicked and unlikely to think clearly! Make sure that you have labeled everything well in case you’re not the one using the kit.
Next, group your items by their usability. This will help make sure you can find and grab everything you need quickly. If you need to, use dividers or small bags to help make it easier to grab the things you need.
If there are liquids, use Ziploc bags to ensure that they don’t leak all over your first aid kit. Some creams have a strong scent and can be masked when in a plastic bag as well!
Check on your kit before you leave
Make sure you recheck your first aid kit before you leave! The last thing you want to do is head to your campsite and realize your medication is expired! I find it best to check the tools a week before we go and supplies a few days before we go. This way, I can easily order anything I’m out of or needs to be replaced. Make sure to take stock of what you have so you know what you do and don’t have in there!
Camping is, first and foremost, a fun vacation, but you should never forget about being safe! When you’re in the woods with little cell reception, it will be up to your first aid kit to keep your loved ones safe until someone can come to help you!
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