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One memory that I have always treasured is the time that was spent as a family at one of the local campgrounds. My parents loved camping together before I was even a consideration, and this didn’t change when I came along! Each summer, without question, our camping vacations were booked. Quality time with the family, we enjoyed the quiet serenity of the great outdoors, with no worry in the world outside of what we are going to cook for our next email, and whether we want to spend our afternoon hiking the park trails or canoeing on the still lake.

This love for camping carried over into my adult life, and I introduced my husband to the peace and tranquility of time spent on the campsite. Even our pups are well-seasoned campers at this stage, happily curling up in a tent with us, enjoying the fresh air.

While packing for your next camping trip there are going to be a number of things that you can’t imagine leaving with out – your tent, a tarp in case it rains, matches or a lighter to light your BBQ or campfire – however one of the most important items to pack can often be overlooked: Your camping first aid kit!

Accidents happen, it’s inevitable. While there is only so much we can do to prevent them, it is well within our means to be prepared to handle the aftermath. From minor burns to cuts, scrapes, and bruises – a little forethought can ensure that you are adequately prepared for your next trip.


Here Are 7 Essentials That You Should Not Be Without in Your Camping First Aid Kit:

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide: Minor cuts and scrapes are part and parcel of camping and hiking, so you might as well be prepared to clean them up!


  1. Aloe Vera: From days out on the lake canoeing and kayaking to hitting the hiking trails, or just lounging around the campsite with friends and family – camping generally means a significant amount of time out in the sun! With sun often comes sunburns (because we aren’t all super diligent with the sunscreen lol). Aloe Vera is also a great tool for dealing with minor burns that may occur from cooking over campfires.


  1. Assorted Band-Aids: Much like the hydrogen peroxide above, Band-Aids are an essential part of dealing with the inevitable minor cuts and scrapes.


  1. Tensor Bandages: When you spend your days hiking, tree-climbing and exploring it is not surprising that you may find yourself dealing with minor twists and sprains. The support provided by a tensor bandage will go a long way to speed up healing.


  1. Tweezers: Often forgotten about when putting together a first aid kit, there are a number of reasons why having tweezers on hand may prove to be beneficial! They will help with the removal of splinters, bee stingers and thorns. They can also be used for tick removal; however, I recommend a tick removal key instead to avoid any complications.


  1. Hydrocortisone Cream: An effective anti-itch remedy, hydrocortisone cream will be your best friend in dealing with bee stings, bug bites or poison ivy.


  1. Anti-Nausea Medication: We’ve all heard the Pepto-Bismol jingle… “Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea” None of these are problems you are going to want to be facing on your next camping trip, and yet many are common occurrences. Better to be prepared!


What are the ‘must have’ items for your camping first aid kit? Have I missed anything that you would deem an ‘essential’?