Most people will go for years without ever needing camping first aid kits. But then if you ever do need a first aid kit while camping, you better hope that you have one somewhere in your backpack. And if you don’t have one, you better hope someone you’re camping with was smart enough to bring one. But camping first aid kits aren’t just for emergencies. A good first aid kit will contain things like mole skin, for instance, that can be extremely useful when camping, and that many people will be able to use on a regular basis to prevent foot worries from becoming foot problems.
Camping First Aid KitsSome things to look for when you're buying a camping first aid kit.
- Foot Treatments – A normal first aid kit does not come with much, if anything, that’s intended to treat foot problems. But foot problems are one of the most common problems that you’ll experience as a camper, and so it pays to have a few things, like mole skin, to treat some of the more common foot problems, like hot spots and blisters.
- Waterproof – Also important for a camping first aid kit is waterproofing. Many things inside a first aid kit, such as bandages and instruction booklets that first aid kits often come with can be damaged by exposure to water, something that exists in abundance in the outdoors.
Best Camping First Aid KitsA few of the very best camping first aid kits, for a variety of group sizes.
- Adventure Medical Ultralight .3 First Aid Kit - First, a small, lightweight first aid kit intended for solo campers and backpackers. This really is just the minimal gear, and gives you enough equipment to deal with foot problems, cuts, a few other things but not really much else. It does come in a resealable plastic bag, however, and even better, it weighs just 3 ounces, which is 85 grams, making it ideal for lightweight backpackers.
- Adventure Medical Ultralight .9 First Aid Kit - If you'd prefer something a little bigger and better stocked, but still not especially heavy, this larger kit, also from Adventure Medical, is ideal. It has enough supplies for 1-4 people for up to 4 days. It has the basics of the .3 version above, plus a few other things that might come in handy, like irrigation syringes and a few additional medications. It's also waterproof, and weighs 10.4 ounces, or 294 grams. This line of kits also comes in a .5 and .7 size.
- Adventure Medical Weekender First Aid Kit - And finally, if you're going to be the designated first aid person for a larger group then you'll likely want something like the Weekender, which contains enough supplies for 1-6 people for up to 7 days. It has plenty of the basics, as well as quite a few extras, like instruction booklets for various scenarios, as well as disposable thermometers and tweezers, which are useful for things like ticks and slivers. It weighs 1 pound 10 ounces, or 737 grams.