If you are a frequent camper, especially with kids, you know there will be a fair amount of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. RVs are a popular way to travel across the country or across town because you can have a strong sense of community in the campsites while still feeling like a solitary traveler on a long journey.
RV excursions can entail camping, boating, hiking or any number of activities. You need to pack your first aid kit with essential items for any type of situation that might arise. With a first aid kit stored in your RV, you can treat minor wound immediately without disrupting your trip.
Pre-packaged first aid kits are available in any store that sells camping supplies. However, you might find it beneficial to customize your own kit to fulfill your family’s needs. We’ve compiled a list of essential items for your first aid kits and broke the items into three categories: medical, tools and preventive care.
The items on this list are used to treat wounds or burns. All family members should be certified in CPR and wound care. You can find classes at your local hospital or church. Different wounds require different care and taking the wrong steps can have fatal consequences.
Antiseptic Wound Cleanser or Wipes
Sterile Gauze Pads
Purified Water (Bottled)
The tools on this list are mainly for medical emergencies. Items for car emergencies should be kept in another kit or the glovebox. If you do end up using any equipment to treat wounds, be sure to disinfect the tool before returning it to the kit.
Eye Wash Cup
Plastic Zipper Bag for Medical Waste
Essential Preventative Care
Bug bites and sunburns aren’t usually serious medical problems, but they can be very uncomfortable. Summer is RV season, but it’s also the season of bugs – bugs that can carry viruses. The items on this list are meant to protect you from common pesky camping nuisances.
Note: If you bring your dog on RV trips with you, they need a different snake bite kit. Pre-packaged snake bite kits are your best bet in having everything you need to treat snake bites.
Snake Bite Kit
These items aren’t the only ones you can include in your first aid kit. You can customize your kit for the activity and location of your excursion. For example, if your trip is near water activities, you may want to make sure the bandages and tape are waterproof. If your plan includes hiking, blister care (along with the snake bite kit) are important additions. For hiking and backpacking, you may want to throw a few extra splints into your kit.
Having a first aid kit with wound care essentials can prevent injuries from escalating from minor to major. Treating a minor injury immediately and effectively saves you time and money on a doctor’s visit and allows you to continue your RV excursion.
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