What Needs to Go into Your Camping First Aid Kit?

You need to take a camping first aid kit with you. What you put in it depends on a few things:

  • where you are going
  • how long you will be away
  • what the weather is most likely to be
  • the activities you are planning
  • the age of any children with you

A camping first aid kit should be able to treat most minor injuries such as cuts, scrapes, small burns, slivers, bee stings and minor joint and muscle pain. You should also be familiar with hypothermia symptoms and hypothermia first aid.

Check your supplies before you leave, make sure you are well stocked with the basic supplies of cotton, bandages, alcohol, tweezers, pain and fever relief medicine and insect bite relief for the kids.

This first aid information is based on our family's experience and what we normally take with us. Use this first aid kit list as a guide and modify it for your family's needs.

  • cotton swabs or balls
  • bandages of all sizes
  • alcohol
  • tweezers
  • antibacterial lotion
  • over the counter allergy relief
  • joint and muschle pain relief
  • tensor wrap
  • thermometer
  • insect bite relief medicine
  • cold compresses
  • magnifying glass
  • disposable warm packs
  • gravol for travel sickness
  • scissors
  • emergency blanket
  • ear and eye drops
  • pocket mirror

  • If you don't want to assemble your own first aid kit here are a few that I strongly recommend.  I keep one of these in my car at all times and have used it on numerous occasions for minor scrapes, cuts and slivers.  These are just great to have in your car, at your campsite and when you are hiking (essential).  Check these pre-made first aid camping kits and decide if one of them is right for you.  

    Our first aid tips are to include two pairs of tweezers, one that has very pointy, sharp tips for tough to get slivers.

    Over the counter allergy medicine just in case someone reacts funny to something and gets all itchy.

    Lots and lots of bandages. These seem to make our kids feel so much better.

    If you are heading out hiking for the day or overnight your hiking or backpacking first aid kit will most likely be a modified or smaller version of this list.

    Being outdoors is a fantastic way to spend time together and is also bound to come with a few bumps and bruises and I think it's better to have a little extra than not enough to make sure everyone has a great time.

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