Sometimes it’s the little things that get you.

Take a blister for example. You can plan a campout for months, and spend lots of money on a tent and hiking boots and sleeping bags and all other kinds of gear.

But, if you get a blister while hiking the first day – and have no way to deal with it – your experience is likely to be less than pleasant.

So having a well-stocked first aid kit is paramount.

You can buy commercially prepared ones. I prefer to put my own together, for reasons of cost – it’s usually cheaper – and practicality, as you can customize what you carry.

But either way, get one and store it with your camp kit. Then, whenever you pack to go, it’s always ready to hand.

So what is in it, or should be?

That will vary by person, of course. Some require medications others do not.

But there are some basics that everyone should have. Here’s a look at some of those items.

First aid essentials

  • Antibiotic ointment, for treating small cuts and scrapes
  • Elastic bandages, in various sizes, for the same injuries
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Gauze pads, in various sizes
  • Medical tape
  • Burn cream
  • Instant ice packs
  • Pain relief medicine
  • Blister treatments
  • Tweezers
  • Tick removal tool
  • Scissors
  • Small multi-tool
  • Medicine for treating upset stomachs
  • Antacids
  • Small splint
  • Thermometer
  • Space blanket
  • Medical gloves
  • Stop bleed bandages
  • Sterile wipes
  • Eye drops
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Duct tape
  • Snakebite kit
  • Chapstick
  • Multi-tool
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Keep it all in a dry bag so that nothing inside gets ruined by water. And be sure to check it periodically, so that you don’t get to camp and realize that something’s expired or that you used up all of the pain reliever, for example, last time out.

Do that and you should be prepared for most situations and can concentrate on having fun, which is point of camping, after all.

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