This article discusses what should be included in a first aid kit. It also addresses what type of box should be used, and where it should be stored.
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When camping, the first aid kit can easily be your best resource. Since you never plan on needing it, the first aid kit is often under stocked and out of date. If you have a nasty cut or bite, you will be digging through the kit remembering all of the things that you meant to put inside. A well-stocked first aid kit is not hard to have. A few simple tips will give you a good start on being prepared the next time that it is needed.
Use a sturdy metal box that is well marked to store the first aid kit.
It is best if you can buy a box that is designed to be a first aid kit. Many times, these will already be partially stocked for your first emergency. A first aid kit is useless if you cannot find it. It is also not worth much if it has sustained water or pest damage because it was not put in a secure box.
A special place should be made for the first aid kit to be stored.
By having a designated slot for the first aid kit to ride, it will always be easy to access. This is important because people are not always thinking clearly in an emergency. It is also good to have a special place to make it simple to ascertain that the first aid kit is going along for the trip. The spot should be easy to see and reach.
Start filling the first aid kit with bandage supplies.
Cuts, scrapes, and bites make up the majority of first aid needs when camping or traveling. By having a good supply of bandage material, you will be ready to mend most injuries. The best place to begin is with adhesive bandages. Buy these in a variety of sizes and shapes. Small cuts on children are almost magically cured with an adhesive bandage. For larger needs, pack in some gauze and bandage tape. You can use the gauze squares or rolls. You may choose to get both. It is smart to include some cotton or cotton balls in with the bandage supplies.
Make sure to get some good antibiotic cream.
Anytime that you have a cut in the wilderness, the risk of infection can be high. By cleaning the wound and covering it with antibiotic cream or ointment, most infections can be kept at bay. Along with the antibiotic cream, you will want some isopropol alcohol. This is a good choice for cleaning any wound. Some may howl a little if it burns, but it is better to have a little pain than a nasty infection.
Keep a can of antibiotic spray in the first aid kit.
Good antibiotic spray is a good way to treat bug bites and minor scrapes that do not really require extensive care. Antibiotic spray gives you the ability to put the product right on the injury without a lot of effort. It is effective in warding off the germs that might be invading the open skin.
A few over the counter medicines should be in the first aid box.
Your choice of painkiller needs to be in the kit. In the event of sore muscles, a toothache, or a headache, these medicines can offer at least some relief from the pain. Cough drops and cough syrup are other good choices to be included. A cold remedy like Nyquil can make a good addition to this assortment. Along with the medicine, include a piece of rubber tubing. This can be used as a tourniquet or for a breathing tube.
Including a few easy food items will help expand the use of the kit.
Some crackers can reduce nausea in some circumstances. If you have a diabetic, any type of food can help a sudden sugar drop. Storing a few emergency rations could make the difference between being rescued or starving to death in some situations.