Ways to Prepare Camping First Aid Kit

Camping trips and hiking are fun! With the arrival of spring, many people start backpacking for camping to experience the incredible fun. It is the most inexpensive way to celebrate vacations with family and friends. A small camp near a beautiful corner of the world feels so relaxing, where you can feel the nature and enjoy living the simple life.

You have plenty of play time to enjoy and strengthen your family bonds. When you plan camping or any outdoor activity, it is very important to carry a camping first aid kit. It provides you basic first aid or medical supplies in any emergency case. It can be easily prepared at home, but one should know which items should be carried. The first aid kit checklist will help you to include all the essential items.

  1. The insect bites, blisters, wounds, bug bites, scratches, scrapes and allergic reactions are most common problems while camping. The kit should have all basic aids to deal with these issues.
  2. Alcohol based hand antiseptic or sanitizing gel is more effective at killing infection causing microorganisms.
  3. The pairs of non-latex sterile gloves as some people are allergic to latex. The bleeding wounds are more prone to infection due to presence of pathogens therefore the wound should be handled with sterile hands for safety of both the accident victim and your own.
  4. In order to prevent infection, it is important to stop bleeding and cover the wound with sterile gauze pads. Add two or four sterile gauze pads to your camping kit.
  5. The alcohol swabs are used to clean and sanitize the wounds so add them in your camping or hiking first aid kit.
  6. A small tube of antibiotic ointment is a must. Neosporin is most commonly used antibiotic ointment, which is available in small tube form and convenient spray bottle. It easily fits into the camping survival kit.
  7. A packet of adhesive bandages can be bagged in a Ziploc bag. The small size bandages are more convenient to place on small wounds, so as for large wounds. Therefore add different size of bandages.
  8. In an emergency case, a small roll of adhesive tape and tongue depressors are used to make makeshift splint. You can add a metal or form made finger splint as well. Adhesive tape is used to apply more pressure with the gauze pads on wounds as sometime we are unable to use adhesive bandages.
  9. Safety scissors are most useful equipment of a first aid kit that uses to cut away the clothing or extra adhesive tape interfering with wound treatment or entangled on the victim in anyway.
  10. You can add tweezers in your camping survival kit, which are used to remove ticks and splinters.
  11. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency breathing procedure, which is performed manually to preserve intact brain function. If you love hiking or camping and often plan, then it is best idea to take basic classes of CPR. This will prepare you to face such emergencies.
  12. The swelling insect or bug bites or a sprain can be reduced by ice treatment. Add a small ice pack having a popped inner seal to your first aid kit.
  13. A small Ace bandage is a significant tool of a first aid kit that can support or stabilize the broken limbs or wrap sprains.

Some other medical aids may include Ibuprofen (for swelling or fever), Tylenol (two packs for headaches), Insect repellent with N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide – DEET (like fleas, mosquitoes, ticks etc.) and a small package of antacid. “Precautions are better than cures”, therefore safety should the foremost consideration while camping or hiking. Unfortunately, if you meet an accident or emergency a small camping survival kit comes very handy and gets you great relief.

 

The Guide to Camping for Beginners

download-16Camping is a recreational activity taken up outdoors, usually amidst mother nature. Campers go for camping trips to a forest, national park, in woods, near a river and stay there for one or more nights. There are private camping grounds too that are owned by people who encourage campers to come and enjoy the nature. People have taken up camping with great gusto. Camping trips can be fun when organized properly.

There are many questions that you may want to ask. Following is a list of common questions that every beginner for camping will ask. I’ll recommend not to take up camping, till you get all your questions answered and understand the requirements of camping.

Where do I camp?
There are two types of camping grounds, public and private. Public camping grounds offer a variety of places to choose from like national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management Areas and state parks. Each one of these, in turn, have many campsites within themselves. All of them, more or less, offer the same amenities like restrooms, hot water for showers, shopping areas, etc., which are very helpful for beginners. You can get a list of the different camping grounds online and it is always better to book a place for camp beforehand. It is not very costly to camp at such places. They may charge anywhere between $10 to $25 per night. Private campsites may or may not offer the amenities and they may also charge more. Moreover, they allow only a certain number of campers on their grounds.

Another alternative is to pitch a tent and camp at a hillside or in wilderness. However, you should take care to find out if it is allowed in your selected place. In such cases, remember that there are no amenities like a laundry, toilets, shops, etc. nearby. You will need to carry all the basic necessities with you when you go camping. If your family is not comfortable being out in tents, you can always hire or buy a camping trailer and have a nice time camping in the wild.

What camping equipment do I carry?
The answer to this question will depend on where you camp. If you camp in wilderness, you will need to carry a tent, a cooler for your camping food and drinks, sleeping bags and pads, cooking supplies like charcoal and spatula, kettle, cups, plates, spoons and a pot or two. You can buy all the camping gear in sports stores or at Walmart. Don’t buy expensive equipment as you are not yet experienced in taking care of them.

If you camp at public campgrounds, there is a good chance that you will get a grill or a barbecue and all the cooking ingredients in the shops. Apart from that, you will have to carry the other necessities like clothes, tents, sleeping bags, etc.

What clothes do I carry while camping?
Make sure that you wear full sleeves while camping. It is important to carry some sweaters with you so that you are protected in case it becomes cold in the night in the woods. It is better to take some extra change of clothes with you. Rain gear is also important.

How to set up a camp?
While setting up your camp, you will have to consider a lot of things. Pitching tents at an elevated spot is essential, but make sure that you don’t select a spot on a slope. It would be best to choose a spot close to a water source like a spring to avoid wasting time in getting water. While looking for the above two conditions when setting up your tent, also look for a shade to shelter you throughout the day. See to it that you have adequate area to cook your food.

Beginner or otherwise, you must carry the following articles with you while going on a camping trip. Make sure that your camping trip checklist has all the following articles.

  • Enamel plates and cups that can be heated to heat food and water.
  • Food for breakfast, lunch and dinner to last as long as your trip. Also carry extra food like snack bars for safety sake.
  • First aid kit with all the necessary medication and bandages.
  • Tent for you to stay into.
  • Sleeping bag to sleep and rest in. Go with a good squashy sleeping bag.
  • Flashlight is a must. Carry it always.
  • Camp stove to cook your food on and to heat up the water.
  • Matchbox for lighting the stove as well as for the campfire.
  • Water is to be carried plentifully, so that you do not face a shortage while camping.
  • Sweater and some rain gear for extra protection.
  • Machete to assist you to chop off the shrubs while going towards your campsite or for a walk.
  • Swiss knife is always useful.
  • Good hiking shoes should never be forgotten as you are going to be walking on uneven ground with lots of vegetation and small animals around you.
  • Biodegradable soap should be preferred over the other soaps as it is more environmental friendly.

A Few Tips

  • Don’t buy a big and expensive tent for your first camp. Use a cheaper but a good quality one till you get a hang of using a tent.
  • While lighting the campfire, take care of not lighting it close to the tent as the tent flap may catch fire if there is a strong breeze.
  • While throwing the garbage, please ensure that you throw it in the dustbins and not around the campsite.
  • While washing the utensils or yourself, use biodegradable soap as it is environmental friendly.
  • Plan the meals before you go for a hike. You might be back late and may be very hungry. Also, carry enough to last you till the end of your trip.
  • Get used to the camping gear when you buy it for the first time. An ideal thing to do will be to camp for a night in your backyard to get a feel of camping.
  • Camp close at home for your first camping trip to enable you to reach home faster in case you do not like the experience. Also, closeness to your home will provide first time campers with some security.
  • Lastly, store the gear for your next camp. Don’t neglect to take proper care of it as the gear can be used for several camping trips before you can discard it.

There are several benefits of camping like staying closer, no television to intrude into the family time and a walk in the nature. The above were the important camping tips for beginners.

Finding Cheap Camping Equipment

download-15It’s your annual father-son weekend, and you promised your son that this time it would be different. This time it wouldn’t be a weekend at some amusement or theme park (though you thought those were fun), this time your son wants some adventure, and he wants to use his boy-scout skills. So yes, you have promised to take him fishing, hunting, or camping.

If you are looking for an enjoyable weekend, one that is stress-free and without any trauma, you need to have the right kind of camping equipment. The right equipment will ensure that your weekend is a success. A camping vacation is a great way to have fun among nature, away from the noise and pollution of the city, but if you do not want to end up drenched or uncomfortable on your trip, you need to have a few basic camping supplies.

Camping Equipment: The Essentials

What sort of equipment you buy depends on personal choice, budget, and requirements. But there is some essential equipment that every camper should have, irrespective of whether he is in an RV, trailer, car, or on foot.

  • Camping Tent: Now, this is the most essential camping gear. These days there are different types of tents available, depending on the style, fabric, frame, or color. The most common type of camping tent is the pup tent, or the traditional inverted V tent that is suitable for 2 people. Pup tents also come in different versions. The one you should look at is the larger variety, suitable for taller adults and children to walk in comfortably. Hexagonal tents offer more room for a larger group of people. When you go to buy a camping tent there are things to consider, like the durability, the number of people occupying the tent, and also ease of use. You also need to consider the weight of the tent, if you are carrying the tent on your back while hiking.
  • Sleeping Bags: These days you get a whole wide variety of sleeping bags, which are light-weight, warm, and durable. You can buy different sizes, like children’s sleeping bags as well.
  • First Aid Kit: Another essential part of camping gear is a first aid kit, especially if you are going camping near woods or lakes. Your first aid kit needs to have antibacterial cream, disinfectants, bandages in different sizes, gauze, pain pills, scissors, and other creams and lotions for scrapes and burns.
  • Cooking Surface: Always have a cooking surface with you, you never know when it may start raining, putting your campfire out, leaving you with no food. A portable propane stove or charcoal grill are perfect for camping trips.
  • Food: Though food isn’t equipment as such, it is a camping necessity. Take more food than you think you will eat and is necessary. Freeze-dried and pre-packaged food are light to carry and great in emergencies.

Getting Cheap Camping Equipment

It is important that you know where to buy your equipment, so that you get good quality, and a low price. There are several places you can choose from. One of the most popular places is a sporting goods store, or a camping goods store, this is where you will find a wide variety of goods at different prices; you can buy what you need according to your budget.

Another option is buying online. The Internet is a great place to buy inexpensive equipment or gear. All you need to do is search for online stores or go to an auction site. Just make sure that you are getting what you want, as in the right size and material. The best way to avoid any problems is to go to your neighborhood mall and check out the supplies there and then order online.

At the end of it, just remember to be safe and have fun while camping.

Tips on Buying Camping Accessories

download-14If you have decided to go for a camping trip, you must have the appropriate camping accessories before you start out on your trip. The kind of accessory that you will select totally depends on the kind of trip that you wish to go for. You must take care that the basic items like emergency kits, back pack. Clothing, toiletries, flash lights and tents are not missed out. So if you are a newcomer you may miss out on certain items so pay attention to the tips given in this article and packing for the trip will be a lot easier.

Many shops sell branded camping accessories, either you could visit a regular shop or could simply shop online. Before you decide to buy online make sure that it is a well known website and that it sells branded items only. There a number of websites that charge you silly money for substandard goods and you should avoid them at all costs.

Camping trips are undoubtedly perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. However you must make sure to carry the right kind of camping accessories to make sure that you have a very safe and smooth trip. To make sure that you have trip free from problems you must carry the right camping accessories.

The kind of camping accessories that you are expected to carry are totally determined by the location and the season but below are listed certain items that you should carry no matter the location or the climate.

Pegs for holding tents

These are the most important items that you should take; in fact, you should not leave home without these at all. These pegs will help to hold your tent down firmly on the ground during a stormy weather.

Axe

This again is very important as you can use the axe to cut wood. If you are camping by the country side then you can use it to cut up deadwood for the campfire.

Rain jacket

A rain jacket is very useful in case you decide to go camping during the rainy seasons.

An emergency first aid pack

You should take care to pack this first when you are planning your camping trip. You can also buy ready kits from stores that sell camping accessories. If you are not too keen on buying a readymade pack then you can put together your very own first aid pack and pack medicines of your choice.

Therefore, while packing for your trip, make sure you follow the above-mentioned tips for your successful camping trip.