​What Should You Have in Your First Aid Kit?

​What Should You Have in Your First Aid Kit?

By now, you probably already know how important it is to have a first aid kit on board in your RV. Whether you're on a family road trip or heading to the campground, a first aid kit is always a necessary resource you should have on hand. Of course, we hope you never have to use it for anything serious.But, accidents do happen from time to time, and having the right items in your kit can make a big difference in getting someone the help they need.

Many first aid kits already come 'prepared' with many of the items you need. But, they don't always cover everything. If you're putting together a kit on your own, you also want to make sure you aren't forgetting anything. Let's go over some of the essential items to have in your first aid kit, so you can be prepared for any minor injuries that may take place.

Different Bandages for Different Uses

According to the American Red Cross, there are several different types of bandages that should be included in your first aid kit. For four people, include the following:

  • 25 adhesive bandages (in different sizes)
  • 2 roller bandages (3 inches and four inches)
  • 2 triangular bandages

If you're unsure which bandages are needed for certain injuries, you can find more information from the Red Cross. The important thing, though, is that you have enough bandages on hand for any injury that may occur.

Sterilization Items

RVing and camping can get dirty at times. If someone gets injured, you'll want to make sure that no dirt, debris, or bacteria get into the injury to cause infection. That's why it's important to keep things as clean as possible. For that reason, your first aid kit should contain things like:

  • Latex gloves
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic ointment

You might also want to include a breathing barrier in your kit. If you ever need to give someone CPR, a breathing mask can allow you to do it safely without the risk of spreading germs.

Camping Necessities

Keep in mind that a first aid kit for camping may contain a few more things than a standard kit. So, if you've picked up a kit that already contains several items, try to adapt it to what you need for RVing/camping.

Some items you should include are:

  • Sunscreen
  • Road flares
  • Burn ointment
  • Bee sting kit
  • Aloe vera
  • Poison ivy cream

Chances are, you know where you're going and you know your passengers better than anyone. While this list is full of great suggestions and items you should absolutely include in your kit, it's not exhaustive. If you can think of anything else that you'd feel more comfortable having in your first aid kit, include it! You can never be too prepared when it comes to potential injuries or illnesses.

We hope this article has given you a good head start when it comes to creating the perfect first aid kit for your RV. Whether you're camping for weeks at a time, or using your rig for full-time living, it's always important to be prepared for any type of accident.

Feb 28th 2018

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