Camping Gear Essentials: First Aid Kit
Whether you are playing with fire, using a knife, or hiking on a trail, these are all activities that could require a first aid kit. I work with a local Boy Scout troop and this month we just started the first aid section. As I researched the information for my lessons, I thought it would be a great time to discuss first aid on the blog. As for basic first aid technique, I will save that for another post, but today I want to discuss what to have in your first aid kit.
Importance - I don’t think I need to spend too much time on the importance of having a first aid kit with you when you camp. If you have been on several campouts you will already know that accidents are not uncommon outdoors. If you have been fortunate enough not to need a first aid kit yet, I would refer you to the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared”. The first aid kit is one of those things that you hope you will not have to use, but if you do, you are very glad you have it. I have had my share of cuts and burns to know that whenever we are outdoors we need to have it with us.
Some things to consider
Size – How much room do you have for your first aid kit? Consider where you would like to store it and then find a container that will fit. Kits come in all shapes and sizes so you should be able to find something that fits where you want it to.
Season – If you will be camping in an area that has considerably different weather during the four seasons, remember to update your first aid kit accordingly.
Special situations – Consider any special needs that anyone traveling with you may have; bee sting allergies, contacts, etc. In my case, I wear hearing aids so I always make sure I have a fresh pair of batteries in the first aid kit.
What is in my first aid kit
I don’t consider our kit comprehensive by any means, but I thought I would list what we keep in it to help share some ideas. We keep this first aid kit in our small backpack that we take with us whenever we do outdoor activities. It has come in handy quite a few times.
regular size band aids
small band aids
circle band aids
small bottle of hand sanitizer
insect sting relief wipe
hearing aid batteries
2 rain ponchos
first aid instruction packet
As I looked through our first aid kit, I was reminded that it is important to keep it well stocked. If you have not looked at your kit lately, pull it out and just make sure it is up-to-date. For more ideas about first aid kits I recommend visiting RedCross.org.