What to Pack in Your Camping First Aid Kit

The Basics 

  • Adhesive bandage tape
  • Alcohol swabs or wipes
  • Allergy medicine (over-the-counter)
  • Band-Aids in various sizes
  • Bulb irrigation syringe
  • Butterfly closures
  • Chemical heat and cold packs
  • Cotton swabs, balls and pads
  • Decongestion spray
  • Digital thermometer
  • Dry-wash pads or wipes
  • Elastic bandages
  • Empty zipper bags to bag used items for safe disposal
  • First Aid manual (read it before you need it)
  • Flashlight
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Latex gloves (sterile)
  • Magnifying glass for seeing splinters or starting a safe fire
  • Moleskin pads
  • Non-adhesive gauze pads in various sizes
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Povidone-iodine solution
  • Scissors
  • Sunblock lotion or spray
  • Two-inch gauze roll
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Tweezers to remove splinters and glass


  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Antacids, anti-diarrheal and anti-nausea medications (over-the-counter)
  • Antibiotic (Dicloxacillin) for skin infections
  • Antihistamine (Benadryl) for allergic reactions and insomnia
  • Anti-inflammatory (Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen) for inflammation, pain
  • Anti-Itch spray
  • Burn cream
  • Epi-pen for people with life-threatening allergies
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Iodine water treatment/water purification tablets in case you run out of drinking water
  • Sting relief spray or lotion

* If you take prescription medications, check with your doctor for compatibility 

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