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First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

When camping be prepared for the unexpected injuries, accidents, falls, burns, that may   leave you in a vulnerable situation.  Being prepared can make or break a memorable experience whether you are a newbie or a long time veteran when it comes to camping trips.

Here are seven tips that will help you be better prepared for your next camping outing:

  1. Leave your trip itinerary behind for family and friends to keep track of departure and return. Cell phone numbers depending on where you camp and cell service availability.  If you car camp I have used my “OnStar” satellite phone to help me in areas not reached by cell phone.
  2. Check with Dr. for any shots or health issues that you may need to keep current.  Like your medications and personal items. That includes your pets if they travel with you.  Bring paper work for your pets with Veterinarians phone numbers.  Furthermore, find out Vets in the areas you camp.  More information can be found at the Red Cross for pets.
  3. Take a class every two years on First Aid and CPR because this is constantly changing.
  4. Check the weather ahead of time to see what you may have to bring for proper clothing.  Layers and quick drying are the best for camping.
  5. Include the following in your kit for four people and check it often to replace what is missing or out of date. These are recommendations from Red Cross. You may buy these kits from them as well.  Another source, check your local drug stores that sell them.  Create your first aid kit specifically for the activities you do like hiking, camping, or boating.
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

6. Other things to include in your emergency supplies (more for car camping):

  • Flashlight with extra batteries or headlamps
  • Battery powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if you can). You could buy an Appfor your phone to help with this. Technology you got to love it!
  • Multipurpose tools
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Extra cash
  • Maps of the area
  • Duct tape a quick fixer
  • Extra blankets
  • Whistle
  • Matches (which you probably have in your kitchen box)
  • Red Cross has Apps for Hurricane, find a shelter, first aid, earthquake, and wildfire.  It includes simple steps and videos and fully integrated with 911 if you need to call for help.  Cool!

7. Social Media can help your family keep track of you with photos and updates of your trip (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare) as a few examples.

Lastly, being prepared for your camping trips with a well put together first aid kit should give you peace of mine when the unexpected happens.  Always keep your first aid kit nearby.  I always have mine available in my vehicle even when I am not camping.  Be safe and happy trails.

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