Every traveller should know that having a first aid kit on hand in the face of an emergency isn’t just a good idea—it’s a necessity for every RV adventure. A first aid kit, including extra batteries, extra prescription drugs for the family, and emergency care equipment can save a life.
To aid you on your travels, we’ve compiled a list of what should be included in your first aid bag. Before you get started, however, obtain a mid-sized sturdy bag or box to keep your first aid supplies stored safely. You may also purchase a first aid emergency kit that is already compiled for you, but be sure to check it includes all the of the following:
- 4 absorbent compress dressing (5 x 9 inches)
- A box of adhesive bandages of assorted sizes
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards)
- A packet of antiseptic wipes
- A tube of antibiotic ointment
- 2 bottles of aspirin or other pain reliever
- 1 space blanket
- 1 instant cold compress
- Several pairs of surgical gloves
- Hydrocortisone ointment
- 1 breathing barrier (with one way valve)
- 3 Roller bandages of varying widths
- 24 sterile gauze pads of varying sizes
- 4 butterfly or triangle bandages
- Oral thermometer
- Sharp scissors
- Extra batteries
- First aid instruction manual
Once you have compiled all of these basic first aid items, gather together everyone that will be travelling with you and take the time to guide each member through the items contained in the first aid bag. This is especially important for families with children. If an emergency occurs while there are no adults around, the children will be able to locate the first aid kit and respond appropriately to the emergency.
Other Items to Pack:
You should also consider if any of the family members are on prescription medications. If so, before travelling obtain extra medications and place them in the first aid bag. If their medications are lost or forgotten on the trip, you will have enough prescriptions to last until they are able to obtain more prescriptions from a local pharmacy or until the trip is over.
If you have family members that are asthmatics, place an extra inhaler in the first aid kit as well. If there are family members with severe allergies, obtaining an epipen to place in the first aid kit is also wise. Finally, include a list of emergency contact information, an extra copy of insurance cards and, if travelling across the border, a copy of your identification.
Before You Go
It’s important to thoroughly check the first aid kit before every journey. Check that the battery operated devices are working, and throw out any over the counter medications or prescriptions that are past their expiration date. Replace any used or out of date contents before setting out. Also check the RV itself to ensure any necessary repairs are performed before setting out.
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- Originally published at: Kirkland RV