Camping in the Mountains

Hiking and Camping – First Aid Kit Must Haves

Summertime means time for camping, hiking, and outdoor fun!  

Ok…here comes Debbie Downer…..

It also means a time for injuries, accidents and last minute emergencies.  There I said it…but it’s the truth!

Am I right?

Not only am I a mommy (to two adorable kids), but I’m also a pediatric RN…which makes me SUPER paranoid when it comes to anything that has the potential for danger.  I’m safe!  What can I say…besides you’re welcome kids! 

When we go camping, hiking or are spending the day outside, I always pack a First Aid Kit!  Always, always, ALWAYS!!!

First Aid Kit for Camping

My husband thinks I’m crazy funny –  but when the need arises, I LOVE when I’m prepared.  Aside from the extra socks and bug spray, I’m sharing my detailed list of what you need in your first aid kit! 

I keep a standard first aid kit in my car, with the usual bandaids and such, but when we go camping, this kit is much more detailed!  It has to be….in case of danger!  (kidding…kind of).

If you want to be prepared for your next camping trip or summer day outside, then here is what you’ll need!



  • Ibuprofen (pain relief)
  • Benadryl (allergies, allergic reaction)
  • Afrin (allergy relief)
  • Nasal Saline (elevation causes dryness = bloody noses!)
  • Tums/Stomach Relief
  • Saline Drops for your eyes. (Smoky campfires may irritate your eyes)
  • Aloe Vera (sunburn relief, poison ivy etc)
  • Hydrocortisone (itchy skin relief)
  • Epi-Pen (if prescribed one)
  • MoleSkin – Tell your children to tell you RIGHT away if their feet hurt! (This will avoid issues later)
  • Band-aids
  • Gauze
  • Tape
  • Antibiotic Ointment (good to help with burns and cuts)
  • Ace Wraps
  • Scissors (wrap with tape to avoid injuries)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tweezers (wrap tips with tape)
  • Popsicle Sticks (Good to use as a splint for fingers or toes, wrap tape around them for support)
  • Safety Pins
  • Tissues 
  • Sunblock 
  • Extra Water
  • JellyBeans or sugary items.  (For fast relief of low blood sugar symptoms!)

The kit does not have to be a HUGE carry all kit.  Just a few doses of each medication will suffice.  If you’re not willing to carry around a full bottle of medicine, put them in a bill box or buy the individually packaged versions.  I use a plastic baggy and separate items by need.  

  • Allergy meds in one bag
  • Pain relief in another
  • Skin in a bag etc. 

This helps to grab exactly what you need, fast! 

I’ve make a quick printable for you to download here——>  First Aid Checklist for Camping

First Aid Checklist for Camping



Being the queen of safety isn’t such a bad title to have.  As I always say, it’s way better to be safe and prepared, then stranded on a mountain with no way to help your kids or family with illness or injury!


What items do you pack in your Camping and Hiking First Aid Kit?


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Printable Camping First Aid Checklist


  • Gabe June 6, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Making my way through the link up and noticed your handy printable checklist for day hikes. This is a very comprehensive list! And thank you for providing us with a printable copy.
    I think it’s time to go for a hike!


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