So you packed your chairs, tents, acoustic guitars, marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers–what else is there? Well, if you’re really going camping, then you should be prepared for emergencies. Whether you’re in your backyard or out in the middle of nowhere, it’s always good to be prepared for the worst. Of course, you could go out and buy an all-in-one first aid kit, but a lot of the time, you don’t get enough of what you actually need. That’s why we recommend making your own instead. Here’s the contents you should pack in it.
IBUPROFEN, Bug Spray, Sunscreen, and Aloe Vera
Whether you get a headache or need to stop swelling, IBUPROFEN is ideal. In addition, as beautiful as the scenery may be, you should still apply both bug spray and sunblock from the moment you set foot on the campsite until the day you head home. Mosquitoes love campsites; and even if you’re camping during a colder month, the sun will surely find a way to hit you. The last thing you want is to have to deal with sunburn. Still, no matter how diligent you are at applying sunscreen, you are bound to get some kind of burn. That’s where the Aloe Vera comes in. The sooner you tackle it, the faster the burn will feel like a distant dream.
Hydrogen Peroxide, Bandages, Cotton Balls, and a Thermometer
Even if everyone in your camping party was an eagle scout, someone is likely to get some kind of cut or scrape. Cotton balls are used to apply the hydrogen peroxide, which prevents small to medium wounds from getting infected; once applied, bandages are used to cover the wound so that it can heal properly. Lastly, it’s good to have a thermometer so you can tell if a hospital visit is needed.
Cold Compresses, Heat Packs, and Emergency Blankets
If one of your camping companions suffers a sprain, then it’s best to practice R.I.C.E: Rest, Ice. Compression. Elevation; therefore, in order to practice this method properly, you need a cold compress. Having both cold and hot packs on hand will allow you to treat different kinds of sprains and aches. Finally, since it can get fairly brisk at night, emergency blankets are always good to have around.
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