Spring is the time of year when camping enthusiasts travel the length and breadth of the country to break out their backpacks and dust down their tents. As well as the obvious appeal of being able to spend plenty of time in the great outdoors, the big drawer of camping is that first aid kit affords individuals the rare chance to leave all their mod-cons at home.
Certainly, the opportunity to get back to nature and do away with whirring white goods, beeping gadgets and addictive video games – even for just a short while – is reason enough to go camping in itself.
However, whilst being out in the sticks can be very relaxing and liberating, it can also be just a little bit dangerous at times. This is because even minor maladies or non-life threatening injuries have the potential to be more problematic than they normally would when they occur in an isolated area.
For this reason, it is absolutely vital that anyone venturing out on a camping trip takes a suitable first aid kit away with them. Along with basic first aid items like plasters, bandages and gloves, there are a few other essentials which for those going away camping, should endeavour to include in their first aid kits.
There really is no two ways about it – it is simply not possible to avoid getting your hands dirty when camping (and who would want to?). Whilst a little bit of mud never hurt anyone, it is not something that should be present when endeavouring to clean or treat any kind of cut or scrape.
Everything from putting up tents and erecting fold-up chairs to scrambling along scree and collecting firewood can result in a cut or scrape occurring – having plenty of sterile/antibacterial wipes on hand will ensure campers are always able to treat gashes or cuts in a suitably hygienic way.
Tweezers in first aid kit
Anyone who goes camping in the forest will know that splinters and thorns are very common hazards. Indeed, even relatively innocuous tasks like building a shelter or collecting firewood can turn into chores when sharp foreign bodies from trees, bushes and branches become embedded in palms and fingers.
Keeping a decent pair of tweezers in a camping first aid kit is easily the best way of dealing with problems of this kind as it enables splinters and thorns to be removed with relative ease.
Insect repellent & bite/sting relief
Although insect repellent isn’t a first aid item per se, it definitely falls within the ‘prevention is better than cure’ maxim which is part and parcel of effective first aid. Camping in a location where insects are present in large numbers can be a frustrating experience at times.
Without doubt, swarming beasties like midges can be supremely irritating at certain times of the year so having a can or two of repellent handy can be very beneficial indeed. Including some hydrocortisone cream within a first aid kit, along with some antihistamine cream and/or calamine lotion, is also a good strategy as this will help with inflammation and provide relief from itching.