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Putting Together your RV First Aid Kit

Putting Together your RV First Aid Kit

By Stephanie A Mayberry

Putting Together your RV First Aid Kit

When we were just starting out in this nomadic lifestyle one of the very first things I did was put together a first aid kit. I had checked out various ready-made kits for purchase, but found them lacking in what I believed to be some true essentials. So I put one together myself.

That first kit I created was in a good-sized plastic container. It was the size and shape I needed for the space I had (which is an important consideration). I kept it well stocked with things we would need for a variety of ailments from scraped knees to migraines to ankle sprains. Now, I’m not saying that we are accident prone or anything, but we have used most of the items at least once. I’ve even been at someone’s home when they’ve had an injury and my kit contained the things they needed to take care of it because they didn’t have those essentials in their house.
So, here is what it takes to put together your first aid kit.

The Knowledge
Sure, you will have a first aid book as a reference, but you really need the practical knowledge that comes with training. When seconds count you don’t want to be flipping through a book; you want to be ready to spring into action. The Red Cross offers first aid classes as do other organizations.

I have been certified in CPR (adults, children and babies) & AED, O2 (administering oxygen), and first aid/first responder since I was a teenager. I believe that everyone should know these basics – it could save someone’s life.
Nonetheless, if you are going to be out and about in your RV, especially if you are boondocking, you need to know some basic first aid.

The Container
I used a plastic container that fit into the space I had, but I am moving into a plastic tool box now. Choose a container that fits where you need it to fit but can still be easily accessible. A tackle box is a good option, as is a tool box. They have segmented levels and can be easily carried. You may be a little limited in what you can carry so choose wisely. For instance, if you want to carry full-sized alcohol and hydrogen peroxide bottles that will be a challenge to fit.

The Contents
If you buy a ready-made RV first aid kit, go through it to see what others things you may need that are not included. Here is a handy list of items to include:

  • Personal prescription medications
  • First Aid Guide (don’t rely solely on this – take the classes!)
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin
  • Band-Aids in different sizes
  • Gauze roll
  • Butterfly strips
  • Gauze squares
  • First aid tape
  • Moleskin
  • Athletic wrap
  • Burn ointment
  • Benadryl ointment
  • Tooth ache drops (Baby Orajel is stronger than Adult Orajel)
  • Irrigation syringe
  • Saline solution
  • Neosporin
  • Alcohol pads
  • Latex gloves
  • Foot powder
  • Desenex ointment
  • Q-tips
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Ear wax removal kit
  • Cuticle nippers
  • Thermometer
  • Alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Iodine
  • Cold packs
  • Heat packs
  • OTC Medications
    • Anti-nausea
    • Anti-diarrheal
    • Antacid
    • Mentholatum or Vick’s Salve
    • Laxative
    • Cough drops
    • Cough suppressant
    • Benadryl
    • Cold & sinus medicine
  • Sewing needles
  • Scarves (good for a sling or tourniquet)
  • Dental floss
  • Eye wash
  • Monitoring equipment (blood pressure, blood sugar, etc.)
  • Extra batteries
  • Satellite phone (great if you are boondocking)
This is not a complete list, but it is a start. I keep a couple of small towels in my kit and they have really come in handy.
Best Practices
Watch your expiration dates and change out products when they expire. If you have devices like blood pressure monitors that run off batteries, check them periodically to make sure the batteries are still good.
This kit is only designed to address immediate needs and minor injuries. If a situation is life threatening get the person to a doctor ASAP.

If any of your sterile materials become wet or contaminated, throw them out and get more.
So, fellow campers, what’s in your first aid kit?

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