Be Prepared: Buy or Make a First Aid Kit

make a First Aid KitIn this article, I’ll show you how you can easily make a first aid kit.

Camping can provide hours of relaxation and fun in awesome natural settings. It is a small wonder that camping has become one of the most popular pastimes ever. This said, your forays into the outdoors has its share of hazards.

There are ample opportunities for minor injuries. A wise camper will be prepared for the most common mishaps. One of the best ways to prepare is to buy or make a first aid kit.

This article will explain the things you would likely need to provide first aid for the most likely mishaps. As always, you can best determine your needs. For instance, the typical first aid kit might not include an Epi-Pen, but if you are allergic to bee stings or other serious allergies, don’t go camping without your Epi-pen. Along the same lines, the typical first aid kit may contain aspirin or ibuprofen, but if you are allergic to these, use the pain reliever that is best for you.

One more thing. First aid kits are for minor injuries. For more serious injuries, seek medical help immediately. If you are in or near a town, there may be an urgent care center. If you are not sure, or can’t get the information you need quickly, call 911. Even if you don’t need an ambulance, the 911 operator should be able to direct you to the nearest emergency room.

If you are in an unfamiliar area, you have no idea of how far away help is or how long it will take to get to you. Act quickly.


What You Need to Make a First Aid Kit

I recommend you carry a first aid kit in every vehicle. That means, if you tow a trailer, you have a first aid kit in your tow vehicle and one in your trailer. The same goes if you are pulling a fifth wheel, or driving a motorhome with a “toad.” A truck camper is technically one vehicle but, if you are going to separate the camper from the truck, I recommend two first aid kits.

The reason is, you will most likely be using your camper as your “base camp.” Suppose you drive a few miles from your camper to hike, swim, or other activity. While having fun you, or another member of your party, sustains a minor injury. You don’t want your first aid kit to be miles away.

Your first aid kit should be in a watertight container. The Tupperware / Rubbermaid type containers will work. If you don’t have one of these, you can always use a plastic zip-lock bag. The container should be large enough to contain the following items plus any other items you deem necessary.

  • Aspirins / Ibuprofen
  • Adhesive bandages, various sizes, several of each size
  • Butterfly bandages, for deeper cuts.
  • Anti-septic wipes, Anti-septic cream
  • Anti-septic cream
  • Ointment or pads for insect bites
  • Sterile gauze pads, several sizes.
  • Adhesive tape, 1-inch wide x 10-foot roll
  • Moleskin
  • Blister pads
  • Elastic bandage, 2 inches wide for sprains.
  • Burn ointment, Lip balm
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Antacids, Anti-diarrhea
  • Peroxide (3% solution)
  • Alcohol
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer (non-mercury, non-glass)
  • Safety pins
  • Duct tape
  • Q-tips

You can also buy a first aid kit with all or most of the items you will need. First aid kits are available for sale. You can find them on Amazon, from the American Red Cross, and many other fine retailers. When buying your kit, be sure you know what is in it and add to the kit any needed items that may not be included.


Have First Aid Information at Your Fingertips

It seems there is an app for everything these days. Why should first aid be any different? There are a number of apps that will put timely first aid information at your fingertips.

When you or some you love is injured, you may feel stressed. In that moment, you may forget the proper first aid procedure. Or, maybe you just want to double check to be sure you are doing it right. With this app, you can have your answer immediately.

First Aid by American Red Cross

For over 120 years, the name American Red Cross has been synonymous with emergency help. The Red Cross has trained tens of thousands of people in disaster aid, water rescue, and first aid. They have literally “written the book” on proper first aid procedures. Now you can have this information in your pocket.

The app promises instant information on ways to handle common first aid emergencies. First aid by American Red Cross is a free download and is available for I-phone and Android devices.

Get First Aid Training

Having a first aid kit does you little good if you do not know what to do. You never know when you, or someone in your party, may be injured or fall sick. At the very least, read about how to handle common emergencies. Having a first aid app on your cell phone can be a real help, but you don’t want to be reading how to handle the emergency as it is unfolding. The app should serve as a reminder to confirm that you are employing the proper procedure.

If you do find yourself in an emergency situation and you don’t know or are not sure how to proceed, read the app. It is better to know what to do than to guess.

Be Sure to Check Your Kit

You have taken the responsibility to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your camper and other vehicles. You have brushed up on your first aid procedures. Congratulations, you have done well. Give yourself a medal. However, there is more.

Even after you buy or make a first aid kit, don’t forget to check it from time to time. I recommend checking it a day or two before every camping trip. The last thing make a first aid kityou want is for Junior to get cut and you reach into your handy first aid kit only to find you are out of adhesive bandages. It is easy to use supplies and forget to replace them. A quick check a day or two before leaving will give you enough time to get the items you need to replace.

Do you have a first aid kit? If so, do you have any items in it I haven’t mentioned? Do you use any other first aid apps? Tell me down in the comments. I would be glad to hear from you. I may even add your suggestion to the list.

Don’t let a minor injury ruin your camping trip, get your first aid kit today.

Stay safe and Happy Camping.




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  1. Most people never think of getting prepared before it gets to late. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, James. We tend to think injuries won’t happen to us, but they can and sometimes do.

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