Trip around Oz
First aid kit
Your camping first aid kit: what to put in it?
Think of your camping first aid kit as an extension of your
home kit. Stock it with the same items, plus extras you might need while on your trip.
You may not have access to clean water or sterile conditions
while camping, so your first aid kit needs to include items that will help in
these situations. At times, you will be in remote areas a long way from a chemist, so always stock
basic medicines your family might need in a hurry.
We keep a comprehensive camping first aid kit in our camper
trailer, plus a travel kit in the car, and a small first aid kit in our hiking
backpack. We transfer perishable items, like medicines, between the kits as we
need them. Otherwise, we keep duplicate items in each kit.
Here are the basics I keep.
We used this old toiletry case for our camping first aid kit. It kept the dust out and made it easy to stand medicines and liquids upright.
Camping first aid kit
Bandages / Dressings
- Micropore tape - Great sticking
power and is gentle on skin. Use instead of a pin on bandages.
- Sports strapping tape - Holds dressings in place in awkward/grotty
spots, where band aids won’t stick.
- Thin dressing pads (low-adherent, absorbent) - 10x10cm is a good size. Cut to size as
- Thick dressing pads (non-woven combine) - Good for wounds that need extra absorbency.
- Leukostrips - Help hold small gaping wounds together,
e.g. across an eyebrow.
- Elastic gauze bandages – a few different sizes
- Triangle bandages
- Eye pads
- Latex gloves
- Cotton wool balls / make-up wipes
- Instant cold and hot packs
- Cleansing swabs
- Splinter probes
- Safety pins
- Sharp scissors
- Thermal blanket
- Tape measure
- Hand sanitiser
- Betadine antiseptic ointment - You may find wounds get easily
infected when you’re camping!
- Itch-relief cream, e.g. Eurax or Soov
- Water purification tablets / Iodine tincture
- Saline tubes - Saves on waste, as you are likely to use only
a small amount each time.
- Vicks Vapour Rub
- Paw Paw cream - Good for dry or cracked skin, grazes,
- Tea tree oil - Great for relief from mozzie bites, and
as a general antiseptic.
- Oral rehydration sachets
Buy small quantities of anything that will expire, unless
you know you’ll use it up. You only need enough to get by in an emergency and any
expired leftover will end up in the bin.
- Paracetamol / Ibuprofen - Good to have both in case you need
layered pain relief.
- Anti-histamine - For hayfever, itching, and allergic reactions.
- Travel sick / anti-nausea tablets
You can buy first aid supplies individually from a good
chemist. Or you could buy a ready-made kit from a first aid kit supplier. Often
this is a cheaper way to put a basic camping first aid kit together, although
it generally doesn’t include creams or liquids. You can supplement the basic
kit with medicines and extra items you need.
Check your kits regularly in case anything has expired or
become spoiled, especially before heading into remote areas. As you use up your supplies (or they expire) make sure you
replenish them as soon as you can. Murphy’s law says that if you don’t, that’s
when you’ll need them!
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First aid kit