There are so many reasons why camping is a wonderful activity. It relieves stress, bring people closer together, gives you a chance to commune with nature, get fitter, and unplug from the frenetic life of the city.
However, there are also dangers that come along with camping. Accidents, injuries, illness, cuts, bruises, and so on. Which is why you should always be prepared by carrying a camping first aid kit with you.
Being Trained in First Aid
Having a first aid kit is not enough when you are out camping. You also need to know first aid. This is a life skill that will not only help you during your camping trip but anywhere you go.
While it is important to know first aid no matter where you are, it becomes critical when you are out camping in a remote area with no connectivity or access to a hospital. You can save not only your own life, but the lives of other too in extreme situations.
Besides, what’s the use of having a fully stocked first aid kit when you don’t know how to use it?
First Aid Kit Essentials
Of course, there are some basic essentials that every first aid kit should have. Bandages, gauze, plasters for wounds, cuts and blisters. First aid tools such as scissors, tweezers, safety pins, stretch grips and sterilised needles.
You will also need antiseptic solutions. The spray-on ones are the best since they are really convenient, however, it’s fine if you have cotton and an antiseptic cream or liquid too. Also carry some saline solution to wash out wounds and eyes.
You should also ensure that you have a good supple of all your medications, especially if you have a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and so on.
Always carry a CPR kit and gloves in case you need to help someone seriously injured.
Camping First Aid Kit Add-Ons
Besides the essentials mentioned, there are a few additional items that should become a part of your first aid kit when you go camping.
It is a good idea to carry an exposure blanket. This is good not just for people who have suffered from exposure, but also for those who experience shock after an injury or accident.
When you are camping in the Australian Outback, you will encounter snakes, leeches, ticks and other creepy crawlies. You will also run into stinging trees. So, it is best to be prepared for these types of emergencies too.
Therefore, your camping first aid kits should also have a snake bite treatment, extremely sticky tape for the stinging trees’ hairs (that’s the only way to pull them out of your skin before they break) or even hot wax strips for those stings, a tick removal tool, a strong sunscreen to prevent sunburn, and lots of insect repellent.
When you are going on a camping trip, it is always a good idea to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.