First Aid for Camping
We love camping as a family, it’s the simplicity that appeals to me. However, the opportunity for injury abounds! So here I’ve written my best tips for First Aid for Camping.
Remember your First Aid Kit
I know it sounds simple but it can easily be overlooked when packing everything else you need and then you don’t realise you haven’t got it until you need it.
Don’t cook or bring stoves or barbecues inside your tent
I know it’s tempting in the summer in the UK but please be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
First Aid for Stings and Bites
Bites and stings usually become more of a problem after 24-48 hours unless the person has a specific allergy. Using vinegar to dab on wasp stings or bicarbonate of soda made into a paste dabbed on bee stings can help with the initial pain.
It’s important to keep an eye on any bites and stings that they’re not becoming infected; if they are there may be worsening redness, hot to touch, increasingly painful and there may be red/pink lines spreading away from them up the body. Anything like this then seek medical attention.
First Aid for Sprains and Strains
Often camp sites are uneven and wandering around in the dark can lead to trips or stumbles. If you think someone has suffered a break then obviously seek medical attention but there are first aid things you can do with a sprain.
The advice is rest, ice and elevation. You need to rest a sprain for 48 hours, trying to keep off it as much as possible. Obviously when camping this can be difficult due to the location of amenities. Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time once in any hour. Then keep your foot/ankle up as much as possible.
Painkillers are most effective when taken regularly but always be careful not to exceed the stated doses.
First Aid for Burns
It’s usually recommended to cool a burn under a running tap for 10 minutes, this can be difficult when camping due to the lack of facilities. Therefore be prepared to put water into a container that you can put your hand in or wet towels and replace when they’re no longer cold. If you can get to a water tap then do that.
Burns can easily become infected if it blisters and these burst, so again look out for the signs mentioned above under the ‘bites and stings’ section.
Any newly healed skin after a burn can be particularly sensitive so you may need total sun screen for the affected area.
These are my top tips, if you have any more please add them in the comment box below.
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