In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at how to make a camping first-aid kit! While a camping first-aid kit doesn’t need to be particularly unique, there are still a few situation-specific elements that need to be discussed.
Let’s jump into this…
The core of a camping first-aid kit is going to contain the same 10 items that should be in every first-aid kit. As a refresher, the core 10 items are:
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Safety Pins
Before we get into the specific gear you should add to your camping medical kit, lets consider what situations are important to be prepared for.
Firstly, you’re probably going to have a fire going at some point during your camping trip. Burns are a somewhat likely injury that you should be prepared to treat (especially if you’re like me and enjoy having nice big bonfires that could probably be seen from space). Since you’re going to be in the outdoors, the weather could be a concern. Be prepared to deal with heat-related and/or cold-related emergencies. Don’t rule out the chance of cold-related injuries in a warmer climate either. If you or someone else gets wet from rain or from falling in water, a cold-related injury can happen pretty quick.
It is also likely that you’ll be walking around on uneven ground at some point. This increases the chances of injuries from falling (broken limbs) and injuries like a sprained/twisted ankle. Depending on your location, animal and insect-related injuries may be a concern. You may also come across poisonous plants so it’s important to have the gear to deal with that possibility. Additionally, it would be smart to expand your medicine selection. You probably won’t have immediate access to a drug store, so it’s important to have meds that can deal with things like nausea and diarrhea. Depending on how much hiking you’re planning to do, blisters as well as fungal infections like athlete’s foot may also be things to be prepared for.
With all of that in mind, here are the specific items that I would recommend adding to your core medical equipment to create a strong camping first-aid kit:
- Emergency Mylar Blanket
- Burn Cream (with Lidocaine)
- Electrolytes (for rehydration)
- Hydrocortisone Cream (topical cream for irritated skin)
- Meclizine (anti-nausea)
- Loperamide (anti-diarrhea)
- Clotrimazole (anti-fungal foot cream)
- Blister pad (you could improvise this with tape if you had to)
- Paper and pencil
If you have the room for them, a few other items that might come in handy are:
- SAM Splint
- Tegaderm (waterproof wound covering)
- Digital Thermometer
- Syringe (for wound cleaning)
- Mirror (to see wounds on your back)
- Magnifying Glass
One other thing you might want to think about to include in your camping first-aid kit is a signaling device like a whistle or flares (or both). If you end up injuring yourself while you’re alone you’ll need to be able to alert rescuers to your location.
Remember, the best first-aid kit in the world isn’t worth much without the training to go with it! If you don’t already have basic first-aid training, sign up today! If you already know basic first-aid, consider taking a Wilderness First Responder class and be better prepared to handle injuries and illnesses that happen in the wilderness.
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If you would like a printable checklist for your camping first-aid kit, please feel free to use the image below.