How to Make a First Aid Kit for Camping

How to Make a First Aid Kit for Camping
Almost everyone needs a first aid kit at some point. If you’re planning a camping trip, it is vital
to your well-being to have a travel-appropriate first aid kit. The ideal first aid kit for camping will come
stocked with items to help with any potential problems, including sometimes life saving
medication and medical supplies. Before you set out for a week of camping,
make sure to follow these instructions to assemble a safe, portable first aid kit. Part 1 Deciding on a Container 1
Make a decision about size. The size of a first aid kit depends on how
it is being used, and how many people will use it. In general, if your fist aid is coming with
you on a camping excursion it should be big enough to stock adequate supplies for everyone
in attendance but also lightweight and portable. If you’re backpacking alone or with one or
two other people, keep it on the smaller side as the less items in your backpack the better. Added weight can cause back strain and fatigue
that can interfere with your journey. If you’re camping with a big group, family
sized first aid kits are available online and at camping and department stores. If you’re using an RV or a car camper, you
should consider investing in a car emergency kit, sold online or in camping stores, that
includes car essentials like cable ties, bungee cords, and spark plugs in the event of an
automobile emergency. 2
Decide what to use as the container. First aid kits come in all shapes and sizes,
and are built from a variety of materials. While some people use their backpacks/totebags
or cardboard boxes as first-aid kits, for camping you will need a waterproof container
that seals shut. Go for materials like plastic, metal, and
tin. Remember, size matters. Base what you use as a container on the number
of fellow travelers and the length of your trip. If you’re comfortable crafting a kit yourself,
possible containers include: Lunch boxes, food tins, tackle boxes, and
other food storage containers, reusable or disposable. Very helpful are First Aid boxes from Stock
of the Army Medical Corps. Newer versions are plastic-made and have a
tightening gasket plus the Red Cross badge outside. A zipper top clear plastic bag. Clean plastic food containers. 3
Know where to purchase a first aid kid. If you’re not into DIY creations, purchase
a first aid kit. Costs vary depending on size, whether the
kit is stocked, and its material. You can find first aid kits as many mass merchandise
retailers, such as drug stores, grocery stores, discount stores, and convenience stores. Speciality retailers, such as outdoor and
camping stores, can provide first aid kits that are camping specific. The employees should also be able to answer
any questions you have, so this would be a great option if you’re new to camping. First-aid kits are available online. However, you should avoid purchasing a first-aid
kit online if you’re unfamiliar with camping and do not know exactly what you’re looking
for. Part 2 Stocking a First Aid Kit 1
Collect wound and burn care. You need to be prepared for accidents while
camping, and having supplies ready in the event of a wound or a burn is important. Get these items together for your kit:
Bandages, in assorted sizes and shapes. Make sure to include butterfly bandages, which
will hold the edge of a deep cut together, and triangular bandages to create slings or
hold dressings. Blister pads
Gauze pads Elastic bandages for wrapping sprains
Moleskin Q-tips
Antiseptic wipes Antibiotic cream , e.g. PVP Iodine solution
and / or ointment. Burn ointment
Rubbing alcohol, to clean tools such as tweezers in the event they are needed for an injury
Hydrogen Peroxide about 3 % as solution. Some plastic vials with sterile NaCl 0,9%
solution may be very helpful to rinse dirt away from the eyes or for cleaning a dirty
wound as 1st step care. 2
Gather medical essentials. While on the trail, anything you need for
your personal medical care should be packed in a first aid kit. Any prescription medications you or your fellow
travelers use. Over-the-counter pain management medication,
like aspirin and ibuprofen. Gastrointestinal meds, such as antacids and
anti-diarrheal medication. Antihistamines in the event of allergic reactions,
e.g. Hydrocortisone Cream as OTC. Topical antibiotic cream to treat small, shallow
wounds. 3
Include tools. While camping, you will need a variety of
tools to get through snares and wounds on the trail. In your fist aid kid, you should store:
Tweezers Scissors
Magnifying glass Safety pins
Duct tape Needle with thread, in the event repairs are
needed Medical gloves, which are needed for handling
unsanitary materials Waterproof matches and fire starter
Water purification tablets, in the event you run out of water and need to use stream or
lake water Small-edge razor blade
Fingernail clippers Flashlight
A variety of batteries Emergency blanket, which is an aluminum style
reflective blanket to have on hand if temperatures drop dangerously low or if you get wet 4
Take a variety of sprays and creams. Depending on weather and other conditions,
you may need some of the following creams and sprays on your trip:. Anti-itch creams or sprays, particularly those
that help relieve itching and pain from bug bites and contact with poisonous plants
Burn relief sprays Petroleum jelly for chafing
Lip balm Sunscreen 5
Pack any miscellaneous items specific to your circumstances. These additions are optional, and depend whether
you need them for your personal care. Epi-pen, if you suffer from severe allergic
reactions. Multivitamins, if you have a special diet
plan. Snake-bite kit if you’re hiking in an area
where snakes are present. Dog boots, if you’re hiking with a dog. These can protect their feet on harsh terrain. Baby wipes, if you have a small child. Anti-chafing of ant-friction cream, if you’re
hiking in humid environments. 6
Consider weather conditions. Depending on what the weather will be during
your camping trip, special supplies might be needed. Make sure to check the forecast before setting
out. If you’re camping in hot or humid conditions,
bring waterproof sunscreen and lip balm that is at least SPF 15, coolers for drinks and
food, and clothing made from light fabrics like nylon and polyester. If you’re camping somewhere cold, bring chapstick
and moisturizer as winter can lead to dry, irritated skin. Part 3 Assembling a First Aid Kit 1
Organize your supplies. Group items together based on their usability. That is, keep your medical supplies in one
section, your burn wound and care supplies in another, and so on. If you bought your first aid kit online or
from a retailer, they should have separate sections built in. If not, you can glue in cardboard or plastic
as a barrier or keep items in small plastic bags together. Organization is important as, in the event
of an emergency, you should be able to locate needed items fast. 2
Figure out what needs to go in a plastic bag. Some times in your first aid kit need to be
sealed in plastic bags before being stored. Make sure you know what to bag. Anything with a strong scent, like lotion
and some antifungal creams, should be bagged to mask the smell and deter predators. If you’re camping at a faraway location and
taking your first aid kit on a plane, you’ll need travel sized versions of liquids, gels,
and creams. For carry-on, all liquids must be in containers
of 3.4 ounces or less and these bottles must all be placed together in a ziplock plastic
bag. This bag can be no more than one quart in
size. 3
Give your kit a check up before you leave. The night before you leave for your camping
trip, make sure all items in the fist aid kit are stores and ready. Make sure medications are not expired, batteries
are in working order, tweezers and other tools are sharp and ready.