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Create A RV First Aid Kit.

 

With all of the commercially available First Aid Kits available on the market place, why would you want to create your own? Several reasons really. First and foremost, general purpose First Aid Kits typically don't have the supplies that are "camping friendly". Secondly, some kits are too large to easily store in a RV, and lastly, many of the kits have low quality components (look at the quality of the scissors in the consumer-grade kits).

Creating your own First Aid Kit allows you to stock the kit with the things that are important to you. In a camping and RV environment, you will want supplies to address the following situations:

  • cuts, sprains, and bruses.
  • burns (i.e around the campfire).
  • snake bites, insect bites, and stings.
  • blisters (common if you only hike occasionally).
  • Poison Ivy treatment.
  • Dehydration, sun and heat stroke, loss of electrolytes.
  • Food poisoning.
  • Allergies.
  • wood splinters from handling logs.
  • Eye flush.
  • hypothermia.

You can see from this list that campers might encounter many situations that standard First Aid Kits simply don't address. Granted, you will want also want to include the more traditional First Aid Kit items such as bandages and gauzes in your first aid kit as well.

It can become rather expensive to outfit a First Aid Kit, especially if you have to buy individual components in large quantities (i.e. 100). Ways to cut costs, and what I recommend, is to start off by purchasing a First Aid Kit to get the more common items, then purchasing those camping extras as you see fit. Another idea is to perhaps split the costs with other RV'ers making similar kits, or include the stocking of your home and RV medicine cabinets.

When looking for a First Aid Kit to create your RV kit, try to find one that has additional room to expand with your add-ons, or one that you can substitute your components. No sense in having a first kit with 200 different kinds of adhesive bandages when 150 of them are too small to use. I don't know about you, but we always use the standard sized (Band-Aid) bandages, and the little round and square ones are all but worthless.

 

           
Typical First Aid Kits.

 

Use the button below to shop at my Amazon First Aid Supply Store where you will find Snake Bite kits, Trauma Bandages, and other hard to find items suitable for a RV first aid kit. I would recommend purchasing whatever you can locally (if you can find the items at a lower price) and then purchase the specialty items at Amazon or other on-line retailer.

 

 

Kit Pouch

When it comes to selecting the container for your First Aid Kit, usually the smaller is the better. It is not necessary to carry an entire hospital's worth of medical supplies with you, especially if you have a medicine cabinet in your RV where you can store the more bulky items. What you want is something small enough that can easily be stored in your RV, quickly packed in a backpack when you go out for a hike or to the beach, yet large enough to contain what you really need. Afterall in a RV, you got there by driving down a road, so an ambulance or other medical technicians should be able to easily reach you.

True, if you are backpacking out in the wild for days on end, you might not be able to obtain medical attention quickly, so the contents of such a First Aid Kit be very different.

I like the soft sided bags for the kit. Typically with hard-shell kits, you are packing air or a lot of dead space along with your supplies. In comparison, a soft-sided bag will let you maximize the contants and minimize the size. A smaller size means it will fit into your backpack as well as RV easier.

When selecting a soft-sided pouch, you can go with a general purpose bag or purpose-built pouch. There is nothing wrong with either approach, however a purpose-built First Aid Kit bag will typically have individual storage and organization sections, as well as perhaps more waterproofness. And some bags have unique features such as pull-off mounting. Some of the more expensive pouches are military style and have MOLLE attachments so that you can mount them to the outside of your backpack.

 

           
 

MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) is actually a NATO standard that describes a method of mounting small packs to larger backpacks. I don't see a real advantage to this mounting method unless they are of the tear or pull off style. Afterall, you want to store your First Aid Kit in your RV most of the time - not on your backpack. However, I do see an advantage of a MOLLE type pack as you can use the straps to attach medical scissors, flashlights, pens, and other items that don't need to be sterile. That way you actually increase the capacity of your pouch.

MOLLE pouches also typically have alternate mounting methods, such as belt loops, carrying handles, and shoulder strap attachment points.

For my pouch, I actually went with a tactical style one with a MOLLE attachment (Maxpedition F.I.G.H.T), and a pull-off mount. My reasoning is that I can store the pouch in my RV, but when I want to go on a hike, I can attach it to the outside of my backpack in about 10 seconds. Fast and easy means you are more apt to carry your kit with you.

Using a pull-off style pack has functionality advantages as well. Typically I mount the velcro over-layer (using the MOLLE attachment system) to my daypack. When we decided to do some activity, such as going to the beach or taking a hike, I simply attach the First Aid kit to the backpack which makes it so easy to carry the first aid kit wherever I go.

 

 


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Resources:

Aruba Aloe Miami Store.
Amazon First Aid Store
Maxpedition Gear
Condor Outdoor Products