RVers, especially road wandering or boondocking types, are often far from first aid treatment options in the event of accidents, burns, cuts and abrasions, sickness, etc. If you encounter the need for medical treatment, do you have the necessary elements of medical treatment in your on-board first aid kit?
There are many pre-packed First Aid kits on the market, with some specifically designed for travel and available at RV parts stores like camping World. Check out the options and compare to the following list. You can always add items to a basic kit. And you will likely add your own personal favorites to the kit as well. And don’t forget to replace items as they are used.
Here are some tips on what to stock in your all-purpose first aid kit, and I hope you will never have to use any more of it than is needed to treat minor scrapes or cuts and an occasional bee sting. But you can also be confident that you will have what is necessary to provide “first aid” when needed, what will be adequate until you can get to professional medical help.
First Aid manual—the better the manual the better you will be able to handle treatment of emergencies. Look for one that includes step-by-step pictures and clear, easy to understand, directions.
Ace bandages – roll (self-stick athletic)
Antihistamine (Benadryl) – Use to counteract effects from insect stings
Anti-nausea, motion sickness pills
Antiseptic, antiseptic wipes, hydrogen peroxide
Bandage pads (assorted sizes)
Bandage squares (for cleaning)
Band-Aids (assorted sizes)
Bee sting kit (including suction pump to extract venom)
Burn ointment and/or spray
Butterfly bandages closures (holds sides of cuts together)
Eye drops, eye wash
Gauze pads and wraps
Mirror (hand, small)
Moleskin (for blisters)
Pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxin
Poison ivy/oak cream
Tweezers (regular and for pulling ticks)
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