Being prepared when camping with a good first aid kit makes all the difference. A well-stocked first aid kit can literally be a life saver.
To help you make sure you’re ready for whatever you may encounter while traveling or camping, here is a checklist of items you will want to make sure you keep stocked in your first aid kit.
Basic First Aid Supplies to Bring camping
Adhesive Fabric Bandages in Assorted Sizes – make sure to also include Butterfly Bandages
Aloe Vera Gel (for sunburns)
Antihistamine Medications (ie: Benadryl)
Antiseptic Wipe Packages
Blister Treatment (ie: Moleskin, Glacier Gel)
Disposable Medical Gloves
Eye Wash Solution
Gauze pads (various sizes)
Insect Relief Ointments & Gels (Afterbite)
Injectible Epi-Pen if applicable
Laxative (ie: Miralax, Ducolax)
LED Headlamp (preferred over a flashlight as it’s hands-free)
Medical adhesive tape
Motion Sickness Medication (good for long car rides, Benadryl can also be sometimes used)
Oral Thermometer (non-breaking/non-mercury)
Pain Relief Medications – Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen
Poison Ivy Treatment
Tooth Repair Kit/Toothache Gel
Snake Venom Kit
Splinter Removal Kit
Tips for Packing Your First Aid Kit
1. Choose A Durable Container
Make sure you use a waterproof container to hold all the items to prevent them from getting wet. Many products exist specifically as waterproof first aid bags.
2. Take Inventory and Restock Items before each camping trip.
You should always make sure that you have enough of every item before you leave for your camping trip. Another good idea is to always check expiration dates on your first aid kit medications before camping trip. You don’t want to get to camp only to realize the cold medicine you packed is from 2007.
3. Read up on First Aid/ Bring a Reference
First aid supplies are only as useful if you know when to use them and what to use them for! Before you go camping, it’s smart to read up on basic first aid tips.
You may also want to pack a pocket-sized reference book in case you might forget important things like medication dosages or different procedures for different problems.
Hopefully this list will prepare you for anything you might need during your camping list. Do you have any additional ideas for things to include in a first aid kit for camping? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!