Posted on: 20 July 2016
The enjoyment and success you experience while camping is partly dependent on the weather and partly dependent on your preparedness. And, it could be argued, you can have a great time in the woods even if it's raining—as long as you're adequately prepared. Being prepared while camping extends beyond having rain gear, sunscreen, and all the snacks necessary to keep you satisfied. You must also think about any emergencies that could befall you and make sure that you carefully pack an emergency preparedness kit ahead of time. Here are some items that you might not initially think about including but that should always have a place in your kit.
Disinfectant Spray or Wipes
Depending on your camping location, you may not have access to running water, and you won't want to waste your drinking water washing a wound. Whether you cut yourself chopping kindling or slice your foot while swimming, if you get hurt, you'll want your emergency kit to include disinfectant spray or wipes. You'll be able to easily clean out the wound and prevent the growth of bacteria that could lead to an infection.
The risk of sustaining a burn can be high if you're building a fire or sitting near it, but having burn pads in your kit will help. These special pads are made from a material that won't painfully stick to the burned skin but will protect it from infection. Additionally, many burn pads contain a gel-like substance that will instantly reduce the pain that you're experiencing.
Instead of packing a cold pack in your cooler and worrying about keeping it cold for the duration of your camping outing, carry an instant cold pack in your emergency kit. Upon your breaking a small capsule in the center of the pack, the cold pack will immediately become as cold as ice. This can be valuable whether you need to apply ice to a swollen ankle after a fall or to a sore bug bite.
Tick Removal Key
Given the close link between ticks and Lyme disease, the last thing you want is to be bitten by a tick that affixes to your skin while you're in the woods. Pulling at the tick isn't guaranteed to remove it entirely, but a specialized tick "key"—a small metal object with a hole—is the right tool for this job. The key will allow you to cleanly remove the tick. It's also good to carry a small bottle in the emergency kit. You can place any tick you remove from your body in the bottle to have it tested for Lyme disease at your local medical center.
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