We don’t expect you’ll need it and we’re sure you don’t either but it’s still a good idea to have one – an emergency kit. They can differ from family to family but the basics are pretty much the same. Think insides and outsides when you pack it and you should have it pretty well stocked.
For Your Insides:
These are things you’ll need if you get alergies, stomach upsets, coughs, colds, aches, fevers, or sniffles. Be sure to pack your regular medications and bring your old standbys for the upsets that may occur while camping. Too much BBQ can bring on heartburn and you may find your sinuses are sensitive to a local plant that irritates your sinuses.
For Your Outsides:
You’ll need bandaids, gauze, tweezers, scissors, clippers, ace bandages, ice packs, anti-bacterial ointment, sunscreen, calamine lotion, chapstick, an eyewash cup, heating pad, and magnifying glass. These are the things you’ll need for cuts, bumps, bruises, bug bites, slivers, twisted ankles, itchy eyes, skin rashes, and sunburns. We hope none of these will happen but chances are some of them will.
You can pack these items in any container that suits you as long as it seals well and prevents moisture from forming inside. If you have small children you may want to lock it or keep it up high and out of reach.
Scrapes and slivers are sometimes the price paid for having so much fun horsing around outside but we hope yours are limited to only a few while you are here. If your first-aid kit is stocked and ready you’ll be repaired and recovered before you know it and back out with the rest of the group having fun.