Camping First Aid Kits

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First Aid Kit

Camping First Aid Kits are something you don't plan to use, but are glad to have it when needed.  It should be considered an important part of your camping equipment.  All kits have the basics and can either be purchased or prepared by you.  For hikers a Wilderness First Aid kit will contain items geared for the back wood emergencies that the basic kit don't.  Being prepared for the unexpected emergency is important no matter what type of camping you do.  Think about where you will be and how long it would take to get medical attention.

Camping First Aid Kit Items

Below is a list of basic First Aid items:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 roll of adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipes (individually wrapped)
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves (size large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • 1 3-inch-wide roller bandage
  • 1 4-inch-wide roller bandage
  • 5 sterile 3-by-3-inch gauze pads
  • 5 sterile 4-by-4-inch gauze pads
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • An oral thermometer (non-mercury / non-glass)
  • A instruction booklet

Although one can be purchased anywhere, suppliers of camping or survival gear carry kits for various levels of needs including those used by backpackers in the back country.  If you will be survival camping, then look for a wilderness first aid kit to ensure its contents.

Snake Bite

One important item to consider including is a snake bite kit.  Besides the sprained ankle or finger injuries, being bit by a venomous snake is high up on the list of possibilities.

If the family is on the camping trip, you should at least go through the motions of training on how to use the kit.  Along with that, train everyone on what to do if alone when bit.

First, remain calm and move away from the snake if possible.  When the situation is clear, sit down and note where the bit is.  It will almost always be on the shin, feet or hands.  The very first thing you do is to rip a portion of your shirt or whatever you have on into a tourniquet strip.  Try to place the tourniquet about 4 to 5 inches above the bite.  Find a small stick about 6 inches long and insert it through the tourniquet.  Now twist the stick to tighten up the tourniquet so that it is very tight around the extremity.

If you have a knife, make a cut just above the bight, but no longer than the bite marks.  Slowly begin squeezing the arm or leg to force as much blood out of the cut as possible.  Now seek medical attention quickly.

If the limb begins to become numb, loosen the tourniquet a little to allow some blood flow into the limb.

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