Don’t Leave Home Without This Camping Essential

Be safe! Don’t leave home without it. You’ve heard that advisory before, right? What do you think I am talking about? Can’t wait any longer? Well, you should be sure to always bring a first aid kit whenever you go camping.

When you camp out, you will spend time away from “civilization” walking, trailing and enjoying all the glory of the outdoors.

However, wherever you are camping away from real-world conveniences, you may find yourself in a quandary; you may one day require first aid.

First Things First: Take A First Aid Course

Believe it or not, there are a lot of classes available that provide first aid lessons. There is a basic EMT or emergency medical technician course that one could take. However, for those who do not have much time, short lessons are available. The American Red Cross provides such courses. Grab the yellow pages and give them a holler.

Check your local community. Basic first aid lessons are generally inexpensive yet valuable, once learned.

Your kids (even the old ones!) should be given basic first aid information. Show kids the items inside the first aid kit, its purpose and how to use them.

A person who knows about first aid procedures and supplies, will panic less once an injury or a slight emergency situation occurs.

What? You don’t have a first aid kit? Get one!

What? You never opened one up? Open it!

What? You don’t know what’s in it and how to use it? Read the instruction manual and then go to YouTube and type in, “First Aid Kit” and learn, learn, learn. Be sure to go through your kit right along with the person on the video.

Also, check out the manual prepared by the American Red Cross.

Yes, open up your first aid kid and test things out. Simply opening it up and going through things will be of significant help should you find yourself in trouble.

First Aid Kit: What To Pack And How

Do not forget to bring a manual.

A Swiss Army Knife is a very useful tool to bring on a camping trip. As I’m sure you know, it has multiple applications.

An emergency blanket should be brought, too. Be aware that a blanket made of wool could get wet and after which may smell a bit bad. There are emergency blankets that does not weigh much and could be easily packed. I highly recommend a “space” blanket as it can be used to keep warm.

Another tool you just, like omg, have to bring is a magnifying glass. Usually, this item is effective for starting fires. You could also bring waterproof matches (2 packs at least) should there be no “uncovered” sun to use the magnifying glass. I’d suggest you also bring a flint stone (not to be confused with that fine family including Fred, Betty and company) that could be used to start a fire.

A rather handy thing to bring is a small mirror. No, not for vanity purposes! Mirrors are useful especially when signalling for help.

A thermometer is another item that could be brought on a camping trip. I sure hope you do not need to use this but hope is not a good strategy, no matter what any schmoozy politician would have you believe!

A cold pack is to prevent any exhaustion that is caused by heat. It could also be used to treat burns, sprains, bruises, swelling, toothaches and headaches.

A sterilized water packet usually contains about four ounces of water. It is an efficient and useful item used for water drinking and cleaning wounds. Fortunately, this item has a shelf life of five years.

For wounds, medical tape should also be brought along for the ride. Also, include in your kid, thread and a needle. Gloves, safety pins, scissors, eye dressings, band aids and an elastic wrap bandage should also be included.

A gauze pad should also be brought along, and lots of it.

Include antiseptic wipes and liquid. While you are at it, toss in some lip balm (to protect the lips from the sun or for more joyful kissing!), and Neosporin (for wounds).

Oh, and do not forget to pack in plenty of pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil. Decongestants like Dimetapp should be considered. I like to bring Nyquil, as well. Nyquil helps me deal with any pains, sinus congestion, coughing, runny noses, sneezing, and, well, it helps me get to sleep! Drugs.com lists NyQuil as a “liquid (that) is a decongestant, antihistamine, cough suppressant, and analgesic combination. Antihistamines are a great option for adults.

Water, Water, Everywhere But Not A Drop To Drink

Yes, definitely bring bottles of water. Bring water purification tablets in case you run out and have to use some you find in water source in nature. Barring that, boil the water for around 20 minutes.

By the way, the female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite! How can you tell them apart? I don’t know so that is why I advise you get a mosquito face mask. This will keep the little BUGgers from partying on your face.

All in all, camping can sure be mightily fun, if you are prepared. If you apply the tips provided above, you will have taken a big step towards being prepared. So, all that will be left to do is fire up the car, head out and partake of the best this world has to offer.

Peace out,

Chris James, Editor

3 Fun Camping Activities For You and Your Kids

3 Fun Camping Activities For You and Your Kids

That you’re here tells me that you are probably big on camping. You get it, just like me. There’s nothing like a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the urban, or even suburban reality. We all need a break, right? But, wait. What if you have children. Are they going to put a wrench in your plans?

On the one hand, having kids with you can add a lot to the fun. Don’t you remember how fun it was to camp when you were young? On the other proverbial hand, kids can be a might bit problematic.

Is it even possible for the young uns to be away from the tv or computer, and yet not too roudy or the polar opposite, sullen? You have a tough task either way. Fear not, dwell not. There are a few activities that can keep them busy and entertained.

1. Find a good swimming hole. Swimming in the ground just has more intrigue than a swimming pool, don’t you think? Of course, you have to consider safety. Find out how safe the hole is for sure by asking the camp manager or ranger. And, remember, never take your eyes off the kids! Never assume seemingly safe equates to risk free.

Before you go on the trip, find out where the safest swimming holes are. When you have a few spots in mind, keep it hush hush. You need a few surprises up your sleeve, an ace in the hole. Don’t let on to the kids that you have a swimming place in mind. Just act like you stumbled upon it. There’s added mystery. It will possibly stimulate a sense of adventure in them.

2. Go cycling. Be sure to find a camping area with some bike trails. If you aren’t sure if there are bikes and bike trails, uh, ask. There’s nothing like peddaling in view of a pleasingly pristine outdoor landscape. I prefer it to walking, and so, likely, will your kids. To avoid getting lost, bring along a detailed map. Take it slow so as not to leave ’em in the dust. Besides, it’s hard to peruse the view at the speed of light.

3. Look for birds. You can find a bevy of books on this topic, at, you guessed it, your local library. Moreover, you can ask the local ranger or camping site you’re lodging at if they have some brochures on the local birds. To make it educational and fun, have a contest whereby the one who identifies the most birds, wins. Let em win, by the way! Notice the difference in night birds vs. day birds. Make sure that the little ones (the kids, not the animals!) stay at a safe distance from the animals (for their own safety and that of the animals).

Please stay tuned for 3 more fun things you can do with kids when camping!