A first aid kit has many things inside that can save lives or make small injuries feel better. You can design your own kit or purchase one that is already put together.
The Red Cross has suggested these items for first aid kits:
- Adhesive bandages of varying sizes (for small cuts and scrapes)
- Sterile gauze pads of varying sizes (these help hold pressure on larger, bleeding wounds)
- Triangular bandages for hard-to-reach areas
- Sterile roller bandages of varying sizes for wrapping wounds
- Alcohol wet wipes
- Tongue blades
- Safety pins
- Latex gloves (or nonlatex, if you’re allergic)
- Aspirin and pain relievers
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting)
- Activated charcoal (for poisoning)
- Nonprescription drugs
You might also want to add additional items like an Epipen if you or someone you travel with is highly allergic to bees or foods, glucose for diabetics, or prescription medications like albuterol for asthmatics. Having more than you need is always better than not having what you need when it’s an emergency, so creating a comprehensive first aid kit is fine.
When you travel, you never know what type of accidents will happen. Having a first aid kit after an auto accident can save lives; likewise, having access to antiseptic and bandages can be helpful if you’ve cut yourself or have been burned while camping. You can add items like ice packs that are activated when they are shaken, or use warming pads that activate when open, depending on the areas in which you travel.
From all of us at CCRV, have safe and healthy travels in your RV, from Corpus Christito wherever your road takes you!