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Camping Survival Kit – What to Include in Your Camping First Aid Kit

Camping, along with many other outdoors activities, carries certain health risks. No while it is likely your camping trip will go without a hitch, injuries do unfortunately occur, ranging from minor to serious. Therefore, in the scenario someone needs first aid, it is best to be prepared for a scenario of situations. When people go on camping holidays, they are often removing themselves from the busy hubs of day to day life and retreating to the countryside. This means a lack of nearby pharmacies, and in the scenario where more professional health care is required, it could take awhile for the services to arrive. In such a situation, you should care for the injured party as best as you can, whilst making them as comfortable as possible. The guide outlined below will help you prepare your camping first aid kit, hopefully you will not need to use it, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

 

Antiseptics

Whether in cream, spray, liquid or wipe form, it is essential to back antiseptics to clean any cuts or grazes that may occur. This is very important, as due to the nature of camping, your wound will be exposed to the elements and dirt and could easily become infected. The inclusion of a good antiseptic in your medical bag will reduce the likelihood of this occurring.

First Aid Sign/Label

First Aid Sign/Label (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Insect Repellant/Bite Spray

It is highly likely that you wil come into contact with insects whilst camping. This can result in irritated and inflamed bites. Bite sprays will help ease the itching and bug repellents will prevent bites from happening in the first place!

 

Cotton Wool/Buds

These are handy to have in order to clean any wounds and to applying any liquid antiseptics. It is imperative that if somebody is cut then it is cleaned.

 

Plasters

For smaller, minor grazes, cuts and blisters, when a bandage is not required. They are also very helpful to have if you go on hikes when camping, they can be used to stop any rubbing from walking shoes/boots.

 

Sterile Dressing/Gauze

Should a large cut be sustained, sterile dressing is needed to keep out dirt and infection. Dressing also promotes faster healing. Dressing should also be changed frequently to reduce the chances of infection.

 

Bandages

Bandages are an important addition to any first aid kit due to their versatility. Their uses range from keeping dressing in place to supporting sprained joints. It is strongly suggested you include both elastic and triangular bandages, then you are prepared for most scenarios.

 

Micropore Tape

Essential for fixing bandages and dressing into position.

Safety Pins

Another useful tool for fixing bandages into place, for example, when making a sling.

 

Small Scissors

Bandages and dressing quite often comes in long rolls that are much too large to use. Scissors are needed to cut to the correct length for the wound.

 

Painkillers

Ibuprofen and paracetamol are good painkillers to include. Paracetamol is useful for the reduction of pain and fever, while ibuprofen is best used in scenarios of swelling, such as a sprain.

 

Antihistamine Tablets

Hayfever is a common allergy and can flare up when outdoors and surrounded by vegetation. The use of antihistamines will reduce the chances of the symptons of hayfever becoming a nuisance. Antihistamines are also useful to combat any allergic reactions, such as rashes, that may occur from being outside.

 

This should form the core of your first aid kit. However, everybody is different, so yours may vary from this list. Certain people prefer aspirin as a painkiller, for example. Also be sure to pack any epipens or special medication that you or your party require. As previously mentioned, it is likely that you will not have to use any of the items on this list, but in the instance that you do, being well prepared is half the battle.

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