Every RV should have a first aid kit with bandages, antiseptic wound cleansers and other essentials you might need when you are miles away from a store or pharmacy. Picking up a small first aid kit specifically designed for travel is a great start, but you should also consider putting together your own all-natural first aid kit with everything you need for sunburns, insect bites, minor scrapes and burns, bruises and sprains, diarrhea, nausea, sore muscles and all of the other common, annoying ailments that can come up while on the road.
Here are 10 must-have items for your natural travel first aid kit:
Witch hazel – Witch hazel can be purchased almost anywhere and is incredibly handy to have on hand for a variety of purposes. It is perfect for use as a mild antiseptic or astringent, making it ideal for treating mild skin irritations and insect bites.
Aloe vera gel – The cooling sensation and healing properties of aloe vera make this an ideal treatment for minor burns and skin irritations, as well as sunburns.
Vinegar – Vinegar isn’t just great for your hair and skin, it can also be used to take the sting out of sunburns.
Grindelia (gumweed) spray – Available at most herb stores or stores that cater to natural lifestyles, grindelia tinctures or sprays should be kept on hand for treating the itch and pain associated with poison ivy and poison oak.
Chamomile tea – Chamomile tea is well-known for its ability to help soothe anxiety and assist in getting a good’s night sleep, but it is also an effective home remedy for nausea, diarrhea and indigestion.
Peppermint tea – Peppermint tea is also a good choice for nausea, diarrhea and indigestion.
Ginger tea – Ginger tea (as well as ginger root or crystallized ginger) is an effective remedy for morning sickness, motion sickness, general nausea and indigestion.
Arnica cream – Available in gel and cream forms, arnica promotes circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good choice for treating bruises, strains, muscle soreness and sprains.
Tea tree oil – Tea tree oil is an essential addition to any first aid kit and has antibacterial, fungicidal, germicidal, antiseptic, antimicrobial and disinfectant qualities. It is used to naturally treat a wide variety of conditions, including insect bites, minor cuts and scrapes, athlete’s foot, sunburns, blisters and respiratory ailments.
Lavender essential oil – Lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin in small amounts to relieve headaches and minor skin burns.