Packing the perfect camping first aid kit

Heading to the great outdoors is long-held favourite holiday for many families. Whether you prefer to rough it in a tent, or tow your accommodation to your favourite wild spot, spending time surrounded by nature is a fabulous way to unwind and reconnect with your family.

And while no one wants to mar the perfect holiday with thoughts of disaster, it’s not wise to ignore the possibility that someone might sustain an injury.

For all of its good points, camping does present one con – it removes you from immediate medical care. Which is why is pays to be prepared.

A well-stocked first aid kit can eliminate the need to seek out medical out altogether or, in the event of a major mishap, can provide comfort and stability and help reduce the size of the emergency.

The list of first aid supplies is almost endless, but with a little forethought, you can tailor make a kit right for your family and your trip. Of course, you can buy a ready-packed kit from a pharmacy or camping shop, which will give you a good base to start building your perfect kit.

When deciding what to pack, keep in mind the number of people on the trip and how far from medical assistance you’ll be travelling.

Check the contents and then have a read through this list to complete your first aid kit.

Check list

  • Adhesive bandages (plasters) of various sizes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Aloe vera gel packets
  • Antacid tablets
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Antihistamine
  • Anti-itch creams or sprays
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Antiseptic wipes or creams
  • Aspirin
  • Blister treatment
  • Burn dressing
  • Burn ointment
  • Burn relief sprays
  • Butterfly bandages/adhesive wound-closure strips
  • CPR mask
  • Diarrhoea medication
  • Ear buds
  • Elastic bandages for wrapping sprains
  • Epi Pen
  • Eye drops
  • Eye pads
  • Finger splint
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Flashlight
  • Gauze pads (various sizes)
  • Gloves
  • Glucose
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hydrogel-based pads
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ibuprofen
  • Lip balm
  • Magnifying glass
  • Medical gloves
  • Needle with thread
  • Non-adherent sterile dressing
  • Rehydration packets
  • Rolled gauze
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Space blanket
  • Splint
  • Sunburn relief gel or spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Water purification tablets
  • Waterproof matches and fire starter

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