Camping, as we all know, is a fantastic way to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, whether you live smack bang in the middle of the city or in the peaceful surroundings of the country.
As you might have seen from some of our previous blog posts, we've also spoken in detail about the importance of packing the right equipment for your camping trip.
I mean, you don't want to light the fire and realise you've left the marshmallows.
Alright to be fair, while that's devastating, there are more important things to remember on your camping trip (sorry smores fans)
One of these essentials is a comprehensive first aid kit.
Now, while we all go out with the intention of having an adventurous, safe and enjoyable experience when we venture out into nature, it's also best to prepare for what may happen.
You don't want to go on a gorgeous hike through a trail full of unforgettable flora and fauna and arrive at your destination, only to fall over on a rock and cut your leg. You and you friend quickly reach into your backpacks only to realise that you've forgotten the medical supplies.
If not treated properly, incidents like these can lead to infection, further injury and stuff you really don't want to deal with. You get where I'm going with this.
To prevent this happening, I've included some of the best things to pack in your first aid kit so you can feel confident to venture out there and explore.
One of the most iconic parts of the first aid kit, and for good reason.
These guys are the main staple of any modern first aid kit, as for surface wounds such as cuts and scratches (which are a common occurrence for campers) they are incredibly effective when used well.
Safe to say, they have a pretty neat resume.
They provide a way to regulate bleeding and control in order to prevent blood loss. Perhaps the most valuable asset of bandages is protection from further infection, as outside contaminanats in the wild are a dime a dozen.
This assists any wounds that you may experience with the healing process and prevent further discomfort and pain, so you can get on with your day.
Pack band aids in various sizes and a variety of bandages, both fabric and synthetic.
Antiseptic Cream, Spray, Wipes
If you're dealing with an open wound, you're going to want to have something on hand to clear out the infection.
You don't want to dress a wound and bandage it up without cleaning it out, this might open you up to a whole world of issues later down the line.
Make sure you've got some good antiseptic or antibiotic cream, spray or wipes on hand with you to ensure that you don't have to worry about possible infection.
When they aren't plucking those gorgeous eyebrows of yours, Tweezers are incredibly useful in an outdoor setting.
For example, If you're hiking through an area with lots of trees, foliage and flora, you might get splinters or other sharp objects in your skin. These can be a nightmare to pull out with your bare hands.
However, with a pair of handy tweezers, it makes the process much easier and sanitary. They can also clear foreign objects from an open wound before applying disinfectant.
I could go on forever, because these things are just too useful. Make sure you bring them!
While the band-aids and bandages are essential for treating the smaller, surface level cuts you may experience while out in nature, you're going to need some tape and gauze for the larger wounds that may occur.
Gauze is really effective at stopping bleeding, especially from the larger wounds where the blood loss tends to be greater.
To be safe, pack a variety of gauze pads and a roll of gauze so you're not in any danger of running out.
Medical tape is an essential addition to any first aid kit.
Get yourself some skin friendly medical tape to strap down any smaller bandages or band aids that just aren't sticking to your wound properly.
You can also use the tape to strap down gauze pads or rolls over any more serious injuries to make sure that they are probably covered and won't fall off so you can continue enjoying your camping trip.
Conditions out in nature can be quite unpredictable, and this especially true when it comes to temperatures.
Sudden drops and shifts in temperatures are common outdoors, so you'll want to have an emergency blanket in case someone is suffering discomfort from the conditions.
Many of us have been in a situation before where we've been a bit too cold from the conditions and wish we had that extra bit of warmth. But your sleeping bag and clothes aren't enough. What to do?
That's right, an emergency blanket is the answer.
Packing some hand sanitizer is always a fantastic idea, especially considering recent times.
However, there will be occasions, especially when you're treating a wound, where wearing a pair of gloves to further prevent infection is a fantastic idea. It's also essential to stop contamination of any bandages or gauze that you are applying to the wound.
It's also a great way to prevent yourself from getting infected as well.
All of us (i hope) go out with the intention of not getting burnt while camping.
As unlikely as it may seem, there are countless stories of campfires and cooking fires getting out of control and injuring the people around them.
Therefore, after you find a source of cold water to apply to the burn, you're going to need to seal the deal with burn cream.
For other related skin burns, make sure you pack some sunblock if the suns going to be shining down.
I know everyone reading this right now has experienced this at some point. And i'm even more certain that everyone reading this thinks it absolutely SUCKS.
No, i'm not talking about long queues.
I'm talking about blisters. The much feared enemy of any high friction area on the body.
While i've been raving about bandages, sometimes you'll put them on a foot blister, for example, and you'll find it comes off rather quickly.
Moleskin is designed to stay on in tough conditions and can also be used as a preventative measure for blisters. Don't be afraid of taking those long walks ever again, get out there and explore!
Other Goodies You Should Bring!
Here's some other fantastic members of the first aid kit that we didn't get a chance to mention.
While last, they are definitely no less important than the other items in this article!
- Painkiller and inflammatory medicine
- Hand sanitizer
- Needle and thread
- General purpose tape
Bring all of these items, and you should be well equipped to be able to deal with a wide array of scenarios which require medical attention.
Camping is a highly fufilling activity where new experiences and adventure are in abundance. So enjoy your next trip knowing you're prepared in case anything happens.
Good luck out there. Happy Camping!