Make Your Own First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit
A first-aid kit is easy to assemble.

Making your own first aid kit for camping is really the best thing to do. It’s easier and faster to just go buy a kit such as the Coleman Expedition First Aid Kit, but you pay more because the company that makes the kit has done the work for you. You can make a kit at your leisure and have it ready for your next camping trip.

Putting One Together:

Choose a container that’s easy to see. Many large second-hand stores will sell empty first aid containers. If you can’t find any, pick a small tote or handbag that is roomy and bright colored, and sturdy. Waterproof it if you wish. When you are ready to pack your first aid kit, put in the following and then print out a checklist and keep the contents updated. You can get a checklist here.

  • Adhesive bandaids (three sizes)
  • salve or antibiotic ointment
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • guaze pads (small and large)
  • first-aid tape
  • butterfly closures
  • pressure bandages
  • pain medication, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin
  • rubbing alcohol
  • digestive remedies: antacid, antinausea, antidiarrhea
  • antihistamine
  • thermometer
  • elastic bandages
  • slings (1 small, 1 large)
  • splints
  • instant hot and cold packs
  • tweezers
  • safety pins
  • small scissors
  • suture kit
  • disposable gloves
  • magnifying glass
  • emergency first aid reference booklet

You can add or subtract things. Some people might want to add cough or cold medicine; others would simply make a hot toddy instead. It’s up to you to decide what best serves you and your family’s and friends’ needs while camping in the great outdoors.




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