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A Camping first aid kit / backpacking first aid kit is VERY important when traveling into the woods away from civilization, hospitals and emergency medical care. When you’re backpacking, the only thing you have is what you brought with you. So, make sure to have a full and complete first aid kit. This list should help.
When making your own backpacking first aid kit , you do not need large bottles of everything, so bring enough for small emergencies, because if it’s serious you will be heading to a hospital quickly.
1. Adhesive bandages – (Band-aids) of various sizes
2. Dressings - Gauze pads of multiple sizes, gauze rolls
3. Triangular Bandages – used for slings, tourniquets, to tie splints.
4. Pressure Dressing
5. A waterproofed sheet of important emergency contact phone numbers.
6. Extra medications – Tums, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Gravol (anti-nausea), anti-diarrhea, Benadryl (anti histamine).
7. Epi-pen if have life-threatening allergies (or with a group)
8. Tweezers (to remove ticks)
9. Lip balm
11. Splints - metal mesh, foam covering metal (SAM splint), or wood.
12. Tape – hypoallergenic, micropore
13. Safety pins
14. Face Shield / Pocket mask
15. Creams - Antibiotic ointment, Burn cream, Anti-fungal cream, Anti-histamine cream, Aloe Vera, tincture of benzoin
16. Blister care: Second skin, Duct tape, Moleskin
17. Zip-lock bag
18. Gloves (nitrile or hypoallergenic, non-powdered gloves)
19. Elastic tensor bandage – for sprains
20. Adhesive elastic roller bandages (often called Vet Wrap or Prowrap), effective as a pressure bandage or durable waterproof bandaging
21. Butterfly closure strips
22. Antiseptic – alcohol swabs or iodine
27. Space blanket- made of reflective plastic.
28. After-bite for bugs.
29. Cotton swabs (Q tips)
32. Pencil and note pad (waterproof paper is best)
33. Eye wash cup
34. Floss for sewing
36. Small Candle
37. Small bar of soap
38. Small First Aid guide
39. Oropharyngeal Airway (ONLY if trained to use these)
40. Instant Ice pack (if not interior camping)
41. Adjustable rigid neck collar (good to have)
There are two ways to acquire a camping first aid kit .
A. Purchase a pre-made backpacking first aid kit meant for camping.
B. Or purchase a first aid bag, and stock it yourself from your first aid supplies from home and purchase the missing items. Remember, you do not need large bottles of anything. Just enough to get you and your group to get out of the wilderness safely.
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