Camping first aid kit


So are you going camping? You have packed the tent, sleeping bags and marshmallows. You have also double-checked everything and, yes, the tent poles are also packed. While hiking to your campsite an accident occurs and your friend is injured and is bleeding badly. Did anyone remember to pack the first aid kit? It is surprising to know that many backpackers and campers indulge in their pastime without any sort of first aid equipment, but accidents can and do happen on a regular basis. By giving just a little time and money you can prepare yourself for most emergencies.

How to prepare a camping first aid kit

While preparing a first aid kit, you have two options either buy a pre-made one at a store or build your own. It is always better to build your own, as you can personalize it to your own needs. If you remember spending a past trip with a badly upset stomach, then make sure that it doesn't happen again by including some Tums. Though personalizing your kit is recommended, just be sure to include all the essentials like flashlight with batteries, take a small one that tucks easily into a corner. Carry a whistle with you (one for each camper). These serve two purposes, firstly they are used to locate a camper if he/she gets separated and secondly the noise also keeps bears away when hiking in back country. Also carry tweezers which can be used for removing slivers and ticks, a bandage tape and a small pair of scissors to cut it with, band-aides for general cuts and scrapes, hydrocortisone cream for itches. You can pick up a cheap disposable thermometer at any drug store, burn ointment, extra matches or a lighter, anesthetic spray, antiseptic to wash out cuts and scrapes, adult Tylenol and at last a small first-aide handbook which provides instructions on what to do in most emergencies. If you are carrying children along with you in that case you need to be even more careful and carry appropriate first aid for them. One should not take any risks when it comes to children. One should also include a children's Benadryl, a children's Dimetapp or Sudafed and a children's Motrin in the first-aid kit.

Conclusion

With a just a little common sense and preparation you can be ready for most common emergencies.





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