Camping First Aid Kit Checklist

What to include in a camping first aid kit

Assembly of a camping first aid kit is an essential part of every camping trip. No matter where you travel, it is important to have access to at least the minimal elements you need to care for accidental injuries, bites, stings and other injuries that may occur while you are in the wild and away from traditional care facilities. Not only do you need to prepare for your own needs, if you are camping with the family or other people, it is prudent to make sure their basic first aid needs also are covered.

Based on your personal knowledge, select the items you most likely will need. If desired, carry a larger emergency kit in your vehicle. Be sure to have a communication device handy, such as a fully charged cell phone, flares or other items to use if you have an extreme emergency. Carry a first aid book that details care for emergency situations, such as creating a leg brace from a tree limb, etc.

Preparation in Advance

For the camping trek itself, what you include in your basic camping first aid kit depends on several factors.

  • Your personal medical needs

  • The number of others who will accompany you and their personal medical needs

  • Your ability to transport the kit will determine its size and weight

  • The distance you expect to be from outside sources of help or other campers

Size of Kit

For simple and short day trips, you may want to have a small emergency first aid kit that includes basic items to care for scrapes, bruises, burns, stings, bites or potential medical problems you may have, such as headaches, sunburn, seizures or digestive problems.

Include these basic care items in all kits:

  • Bandages – Band-Aid strips, sterile pads, gauze, medical adhesive tape

  • Ointments – Antiseptic cream, itch and burn relief, wipes, antihistamine, insect repellent

  • Pain relief – Aspirin, Ibuprofen, sunscreen

  • Tools – Tweezers, scissors, knife, needle/thread

For longer camping excursions or ones you make with several other people, a larger kit is recommended. This should include a variety of bandages, including large triangular ones to support an injured limb. Add to this kit tools you may need:

  • Tweezers

  • Scissors

  • Knife

  • Needle & Thread kit

  • Medical gloves

  • Duct tape

  • Flashlight & batteries

  • Waterproof matches

  • Blanket

  • Snake bit kit

Special medical care items to add to your camping first aid kit may include an Epi-pen for allergic reactions, prescription medications, baby care items, dog boots and clean water.

Containers for your kit should be small as possible, lightweight and waterproof. If you are travelling by air, be sure your packaging meets specific airline requirements for size and shape.

With your basic camping first aid kit you should be able to treat and care for simple emergencies. A larger kit is best for longer trips and more serious potential hazards. Always be prepared; plan ahead and create a group emergency plan in case you are not available when a problem occurs. Don’t wait for the last minute; take a First Aid course or read your First Aid manual prior to the trip.

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