Many of us have fond childhood memories of camping trips and even as adults the sense of adventure that comes with camping outside is still there.
Taking our kids on a camping trip is considered by many to be a rite of passage, while it is also a common activity for boy scouts and similar organizations.
Whether you are camping with your own family or as part of a larger group, there are some important health and safety considerations. This guide to first aid while camping with kids could prove invaluable.
A well-stocked first aid kit is essential for any serious campers.
Many people overlook the fact that being far away from hospitals means that in an emergency you can only respond with what you have on hand. A first-aid kit that is lacking in essential items will be of no use to you and you won’t be able to rectify this in the middle of a forest.
Being outdoors means that even minor wounds can become infected and cause serious issues if they aren’t dealt with properly.
Below is a checklist of the most important items to include in your first-aid kit;
- Adhesive bandages. If you are unsure how to apply a bandage then have a look online before you go. YouTube has many demonstration videos.
- Butterfly Stitches, which are sometimes referred to as butterfly bandages, are adhesive strips that are used in place of stitches when the wound is not as severe.
- Gauze pads are effective at soaking up blood and packing around larger wounds.
- Antiseptic creams and sprays for cleaning any wounds and preventing infection from setting in. You should also pack some sterilized wipes alongside.
- Painkillers and anti-inflammatory creams such as acetaminophen, and ibuprofen.
- Scissors and safety pins for securing bandages and resizing any plasters.
- Hand sanitizer that will dry from the heat of the users’ hands and doesn’t need washing off.
Bring a nurse.
Those who have been camping with a group of children will understand the myriad of dangers that they encounter and, in some cases, create themselves.
It is always a good idea to take a qualified nurse on group trips like camping if possible. Conversely, if you are a qualified nurse then you can often find work assisting boy scouts and other groups when they go camping.
Many qualified nurses opt for the ease and comfort of studying an online DNP program, which represents the final step of the nursing ladder, and many find volunteer work assisting camping groups to be a rewarding and useful experience.
Heed the weather.
As with most outdoor activities, one of the biggest potential hazards is the weather itself.
Of course, one should always be prepared for the worst possible weather conditions.
Extreme heat can cause heat stroke and dehydration while extreme cold can lead to frostbite and other complications of overexposure.
If you prepare beforehand and plan your trip carefully you should be able to avoid potential pitfalls and respond appropriately to any injuries that might occur.