What You Need In Your RV First Aid Kit
When you go camping with your RV, what do you pack? Chances are, you pack the cooking materials that you need, food, blankets and maybe even board games for those nights that you are stuck inside your RV.
However, what about your first aid kit? Many people think that a first aid kit is nothing but bandages for when they get a cut or get a thorn stuck in their finger. However, a true RV first aid kit is going to contain more than just a few bandages.
If you still feel like an RV first aid kit is not the best option, consider this question: do you have a first aid kit at your brick and mortar home?
You might even have a first aid kit that is within easy reach at your place of employment. If you feel the need to have these kits there, then you still need a kit for your RV.
Items Your RV First Aid Kit Needs and What They Do
For those who are putting together their RV first aid kit, we have a list of items that need to be included. Here we go.
- Various sizes of band-aids. Band-Aids are the universal go-to for when you get a scrape or cut. However, there is nothing more annoying than realizing that you don’t have the right size. Keep in mind that if you are traveling with kids, get something that is a bit brighter as kids are going to love these.
- Moleskin. While you are RVing, chances are you make go for a hike or two. Moleskin is amazing for helping with the pain and swelling associated with blisters that you are likely to get after a long day of hiking.
- Wound closure strips: There may be times in which a cut is a bit wider than what you thought, and these wound closure strips can be a great way to stop the bleeding while also helping to decrease your chances of infection.
- Tweezers: Tweezers are not just for you to use to look your best! Tweezers are great for removing splinters from skin. Remember, if a splinter is left in the skin for too long it can infect the area.
- Scissors: You never know when you are going to need a pair of scissors. And before you consider the fact that you have other scissors on board the RV, remember that you don’t want to use scissors that you may have been using to cut up food. These need to sterile scissors that are only used with the first aid kit.
- Sterile gloves: This is just a safety precaution in the event that you come into contact with a wound that is bleeding a lot. Most standard first aid kits will contain a set or two.
- Antiseptic towelettes: These are great to have as they are going to amazing for removing dirt and debris from a cut or scrap while also disinfecting these. They can also be used to clean a blister before using the moleskin for more relief!
- Alcohol Prep Pads: These types of pads are similar to antiseptic towelettes except they are often used for more serious injuries.
- Sterile gauze: Gauze can be used for anything from a scrape or cut to a burn in order to protect it. This is also where the scissors will come in handy to have.
- Medical tape: Gauze is not going to be very good without having some medical tape in order to adhere this to itself to keep it from unraveling.
- Antibiotic ointment: this is a must-have when you are out camping, as you want to reduce the risk of infection any way that you can, and this starts with effectively cleansing the wound and then using the antibiotic cream.
- Burn cream/aloe Vera gel: While you could suffer a burn wound from the campfire, more than likely you are going to be in the situation in which you get too much sun. These products can help to relieve the pain and allow you to rest.
- Calamine lotion: This is used for all those bites that you may get while outdoors, and it will be a lifesaver for those who get bug bits or contact a rash.
- Antacids: You never know when your stomach may get a bit sore, so have a roll or bottle of these in your first aid kit.
- Pain relievers: Have some sort of pain relievers and fever reducers in the first aid kit to ensure that if something does happen, you have it. For example, taking some anti-inflammatories when you have a serious sunburn can help to relieve some of the pain and itching associated with this.
- Instant cold compress: Getting knocked in the head or falling down is no fun, and it is even less fun when you start to swell. Be sure to pack some instant cold packs to help get through the swelling and pain.
- Eyewash: In the event that something flies into your eyes, which can happen when you are in the outdoors, be sure to carry some eyewash to help wash these out and avoid potential eye infection.
- Thermometer: Always have a thermometer on hand so that you know how sick someone may be. You never want to have to guess when it comes to a person being very sick and needing medical care.
Tips for Building your Emergency Kit
This list is one that is meant to give you a good start to your RV first aid kit. However, here are a few tips and ideas that you may want to remember when you are building this for your next RV adventure:
- Tailor your RV first aid kit to you. If you have someone with extreme allergies that will be with you, then you know that an Epi-pen may be needed.
- Remember that kids may need different types of medicines since more pre-made kits are going to be catered towards adults.
- Consider putting in an emergency stash of preventative items like sunscreen, insect repellant and Chapstick into the kit so that you always have this to lean on in the event that you forget to pack extra.
- Be sure to check your kit regularly and discard those items that are out of date.
- Consider making your own kit rather than buying one pre-made as these pre-made kits often don’t have everything that you need or want.
- Check the kit each time before you take out the RV. Make this a part of your regular maintenance check that you do with your RV!
For those who are getting ready to head out in their RV, having an RV emergency kit is one of the best plans that you can have.
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