Best Camping First Aid Kit: Be Prepared for Emergencies

The one item every camper should have is a first aid kit. The best camping first aid kit is well stocked! Whether you prefer to camp miles from civilization or at a campground close to home, accidents can happen. If you are clumsy like me, accidents happen frequently! 


As a nurse practitioner, the most important advice I can give you is to take a CPR course. Take it before your first camping trip! There have been many changes to basic CPR over the last few years, so if it has been a while since your last class, a refresher course would be very beneficial.    

Many state and national campgrounds are miles away from a hospital and emergency services. Learning the proper technique for CPR could save a life while you wait for assistance. Sign everyone up for the class! It will be worth every penny, even if you never use it.

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Check your local American Heart Association for CPR courses, and while you are there, sign up for a first aid class! Knowledge is power and it can prevent panic during an emergency. This one of the best ways to protect the ones you love!



The best way to treat accidents is to avoid them. Remember the old saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So wear sunscreen, wear proper shoes for the activity, wear long pants and sleeves, take a map, bring extra water, let people know where you will be, watch the weather… guys know this stuff. Just play it safe out there.

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The Basics

You can head to your discount store and purchase items and create your first aid kit. Are you wondering what every first aid kit should contain? Here is a list of the bare minimum.

  • Shears
  • Adhesive Bandages
  • Butterfly Closures
  • Sterile Gauze Pads
  • CPR Breathing Barrier 
  • Ace Bandage
  • Tape
  • Gloves
  • Tweezer
  • Absorbant Compression Dressings
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Gauze Roller Bandage
  • First Aid Guide
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First Aid Kit

There are many inexpensive first aid kits online, and many are cheaper than building a kit yourself. I chose the Surviveware small first aid kit because it is compact and weighs only about a pound even with all the items included. It will be easy to toss into a small backpack for hiking. It also has velcro straps to attach it to the seat post of a bike, which will make it easy to take mountain biking. And if you have seen any of our mountain bike videos, you will know how important that is for me!

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Surviveware First Aid Kit contains

  • 6” Shears
  • 600D Polyester Bag
  • Adhesive Bandages
    • Butterfly Closures
    • Butterfly
    • H-Shape
    • Large
    • Standard
    • Mini
    • Square Shape
  • Cotton Gauze Swabs
  • Cotton Swabs
  • CPR Pouch with Instructions
  • Crepe Bandage
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Eye Pads
  • Hypoallergenic Tape
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Personal Medicine Laminate Bag
  • Personal Medicine Mini Bags
  • PBT Conforming Bandage
  • Safety Pins
  • Splinter Probes
  • Strip Wound Closures
  • First Aid Guide
  • Triangular Bandage
  • Tweezer
  • Whistle
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Best Camping First Aid Kit

As you can see, the list above leaves out many items that can be useful in the event of an accident or emergency. I added quite a few items to our first aid kit to be ready for just about anything! I purchased single dose packs instead of huge bottles to make storage easier. Below is a list of everything I have included in my first aid kit.




Best Camping First Aid Kit Checklist

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Nurse Tip

Now that your kit is all assembled, you can’t pack it away and forget about it. Take it with you! Also, don’t forget to check the expiration dates periodically on all of the items in the kit. I recommend checking it at least every six months or every time you change your smoke detector batteries. 

You could also take a tip from an old nurse. Write the expiration date of the first item that will expire on medical tape and put it inside the bag. You will know quickly and easily when to replace expiring items.

***Information provided is not intended to be medical advice. Do not give out any medication including over the counter meds unless you know the proper use, dosage, and side effects. If you have any medical concerns please consult your medical professional.***

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Virtual Hugs, Phil and Stacy

Author: Stacy, You, Me & the RV, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, 2020

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    Egor Akimoov

    Dear Phil and Stacy,
    I found your checklist via a Google search and found it to be very useful and really beautifully formatted. Thanks for sharing it. I have passed on it to some of my friends who are traveling a lot or who live in a region with high hurricane probabilities.

    I like the checklist approach in general and I try to publish my checklists regularly on the Zihi Checklists platform. I post there often in my professional sphere, endurance sports training and performance. In fact, it’s one of the largest public databases of checklists and packing lists.

    If you have a moment, please check it out and maybe even post a checklist or two 🙂 I have no doubt that your experience in traveling and emergency is valuable and that the Zihi Checklists community would benefit from it! Thanks again.

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    Sue Sietsma

    Thanks Stacy. Great information. When I owned a sticks and bricks, raising two boys, I always had a first aid kit but since buying our 33 AL, I haven’t even though of a first aid kit. Thanks so much!

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    Barb wade

    Our first aid kit is quite similar to yours , however I am going to add the clotting agent to ours this week, thank you.. We have also added Imodium…. maybe not a life and death emergency, but can be it’s own “emergency” when it happens away from home . Stay safe and have fun all!

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    Bonnie Blair

    Thank you! This is a great list and Contains many items that I wouldn’t have thought of until I needed it. We always have on hand at home antibiotic ointment and it is one thing I added to our kit. I believe I will be adding many items from your list.

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    Gary Prade

    This was a very good article and I especially like the ziplock bags to waterproof the contents. I am a retired paramedic and there are two additional things I carry; a tourniquet and ice packs. The tourniquet I use can be applied with one hand so I could use it for myself if needed – it fits on the outside of the bag for quick access. The ice packs are invaluable but bulky – I carry them in a jump-bag in the coach but not in the small field bag. I have used the ice packs numerous times – almost as often as band-aids!

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    Wide popsicle sticks for braces would be good and easy to keep in a zip top bag. We always keep our kit with us on the bus on on the Harley. You just never know.

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    Thanks Stacy for such a great topic to cover. Years ago we had put together a very similar kit ourselves, as a smaller kit for serious hikers wasn’t an option. Our kit is very close to yours. That made feel better. In our rig, we actually put together a First Aid Kit using a Tackle Box. We had a daughter who was/is adventurous, & was always in need of various first aid items. She is grown now, but we still use the tackle box.

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    Thanks Stacy!!! Great info. Glad we finally were able to meet “in person”. Safe travels and hope to see you on the road.

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