Let’s face it, when we go camping we want to be able to have a trouble free holiday. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to hike through the mountains and through the bush, or stay in one of the many superb campsites that Australia has to offer, the last thing you want to be taking care of is an injury. Unfortunately, injuries do happen sometimes and as the motto of the scouts says, it is best to be prepared.
At home, you have a first aid kit in your bathroom that you might only take out once in a blue moon, but it’s there anyway. You should use the same logic for your camping trip. You need to take a first-aid kit with you, not because you are expecting to use it, but just in case you need it.
So what should you include in your camping first aid kits? First, let’s take a quick look at the type of first aid kits you should take if you’re taking a trip into the bush. Each hiker should have his own personal first aid kit in his pack. You are not looking to handle life and death situations here, just the normal run of the mill things that can and possibly will happen to you if you’re out on the trails for a couple of days. So you should include things like mozzie repellent, plasters, any allergy treatment or medications you need, a pair scissors, some bandage and a bottle of disinfectant.
In a family kit, like the one you have in your tent, you can include a lot more stuff because it’s not going to move very far. In this type of kit, you can add some more heavy duty items such as a mirror, razor, larger scissors, sewing needles and some latex gloves. You can add whatever medication and treatments you think you’ll need. For instance, if you’re camping in the summer, bring a good supply of sunburn lotion, calamine lotion, stomach and diarrhoea medication, antiseptic ointment, bug bite spray and water purification tablets. You should try to replicate as much of your home first aid kit as possible. The same issues are going to occur out here as at home, but you’ll need additional supplies for a life under canvas.
Camping is a time of fun and great memories, but accidents and illness are a part of life. They are going to happen. All you can do is to be prepared, to cover all your bases and bring enough supplies to last you for the duration of your break. Few things are more essential to your camping trip than a good first aid kit.