With all the excitement of embarking on another camping trip, it is easy to forget about some safety essentials like a camping first aid kit.

Now admittedly, camping first aid kits are not as exciting as GPS units or your new GoPro. Nevertheless, it is important to carry either a quality prepackaged first aid kit or a DIY first aid kit with you on every single outdoor adventure that you embark on.

This is an extensive list that covers almost any situation you would encounter while camping. Start with the camping first aid kit basics then build out your complete kit from there.

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Camping First Aid Kit Basics

Put these in your kit first and don’t leave on your camping trip with them.

Adhesive bandages of multiple sizes-

Adhesive bandages in multiple sizes are essential for covering wounds keeping dirt out and preventing infection.

Butterfly bandages-

Especially good for pulling deep cuts together in lue of stitches.

Antiseptic wipes-

Antiseptic wipes can be used to clean a wound properly prior to bandaging it.

Antibacterial ointment-

Keep those nasty germs out of cuts and help speed the healing process of small cuts and scrapes.

Gauze Pads-

Soak up blood and help prevent excess bleeding.

Tweezers-

Useful for removing debris from wounds, or getting splinters out easily

Medical Tape-

Use to secure bandages, hold gauze in place, secure splints or tape a sprained ankle.

Pain Reliever-

Body aches, sore joints, and headaches are common on an outdoor adventure but they can ruin an outing. An over-the-counter pain reliever is a must to prevent spoiling the trip.

Hydrocortisone cream-

Mosquitoes, spiders and other itch-inducing bugs are just part of the trip when camping. Hydrocortisone cream alleviates discomfort and swelling from bugs or irritation-causing plants.

Allergy relief-

Pack general anti-allergy medicine to prevent reactions from plants or foods you generally don’t encounter.

Nonstick Sterile Pads-

Use after bleeding has stopped, apply under wound wrap and medical tape.

Rubber Gloves-

Clean hands is important in order to prevent introducing germs to wounds.

Hand Sanitizer-

Use to clean and sanitize your hands before treating a wound, in a pinch this can be used to clean out and sanitize in the wound.

Sunburn Relief Spray

Long days in the sun can easily turn into a blistering sunburn. Sunburn relief spray can help take the sting out those nasty sunburns.

Scissors-

Use for cutting medical tape and wound wraps.

Safety Pins-

Use to secure bandages and wraps.

Knife-

This will be the most used tool on you camping trip. You will use a knife to cut bandages, sticks for splints or removing a splinter in a pinch.


Once you have these basics in your camping first aid kit you can slowly add these extras.


Wound Coverings and Supplies

Camping First Aid Kit

Alcohol Swabs-

Alcohol swabs are helpful in keeping wound clean and germ free.

Fish hook remover kit-

This kit contains everything you need to quickly and safely remove a barbed hook from an individual.

Moleskin-

Use Moleskin for blisters, broken skin, or to protect any area of your feet from friction. 

Super Glue-

Super glue can be used as a sort of liquid bandage once bleeding stops.

Sunscreen-

Rain or shine, always bring sunscreen.

Irrigation syringe-

Use to clean out deep wounds and remove forgin debris.

Emergency blanket-

These lightweight, compact blankets could save your life if you get caught in the backcountry overnight in cold temps.

Elastic Wrap-

Elastic wrap is useful in holding gauze and bandages on larger wounds.

Hemostatic Gauze-

Hoemostatic gauze is designed to promote rapid blood coagulation in the event of a traumatic wound involving an arterial bleed. 

Soap-

Germs are the enemy to any wound and having soap on hand can help prevent the spread of infections.


Additional Medications

Eye Drops-

Camping and hiking can become dusty affairs and moisturizing eye drops can provide relief.

Anti-diarrhea Medication-

Diarrhea can happen on the camp site for many reasons and if it does you will want this in your bag to provide relief quickly.

Prescription Medications-

Just because you are camping, don’t forget your regular prescription medications that you take daily.

Throat Lozenges-

Throat lozenges can help with a dusty dry mouth or if you feel a cold coming on.

Antacid Tablets-

Your body many not be used to eating camp food and heartburn can easily ruin your evening.

Aspirin-

Can be used a extra pain reliever, but also in the event of a suspected heart attack.

Glucose-

In the event of low blood sugar, glucose can be helpful until medical help can arrive.


If you get overwhelmed with the First Aid Kit Checklist then you may consider purchasing a pre-made first aid kit designed for camping and hiking.

You can check out my recommendations for buying the best camping first aid kit for you adventures.

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