What to Pack in Your First Aid Kit

Whether your camping trip takes you far afield or you're more comfortable sticking to the trail leading down to the lake, even a minor illness or injury can spoil your adventures. Unless you have a first aid kit stocked with the right supplies, of course.

The further away from civilization you roam, the more extensive your first aid kit needs to be. And, the bigger your group of happy campers, the more supplies you'll want to have on hand.

You can certainly buy a camping first aid kit, but you can save some serious souvenir money by making your own. It's not that hard. In fact, you probably already have many of the critical items you need right in your medicine cabinet.

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What to Store It In

A good camping first aid kit can be as simple as some heavy duty, waterproof zipper bags if you're backpacking, or you can upgrade to zipper bags stored inside a rugged plastic storage box with snap-on lid. Let's face it; you're going to be outdoors. Things are going to get wet or dirty. Or both. Keeping your kit clean, dry and organized is paramount.

Once you've gathered the recommended items (see below) you bag each one separately and label that bag with a thick black marker. This will prevent items from getting jumbled together and save you from frantically searching for what you need.

What to Pack

The idea is to make your kit as small and compact as possible, while still having enough items on hand to fix the types of injuries common to camping. Yes, camping is supposed to be enjoyable, but as with most types of outdoor activities there's still the element of risk. Plan for fun; but be prepared.

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About the Author

Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams is a California-based freelance writer, contributor to ReserveAmerica.com and an avid camping enthusiast. He's been dragging his trailer and willing family around the western U.S. for more than a decade.

Jeff Adams is a California-based freelance writer, contributor to ReserveAmerica.com and an avid camping enthusiast. He's been dragging his trailer and willing family around the western U.S. for more than a decade.

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