Seasoned campers know that there are several little extras you need when you travel. These items don’t take up a lot of space, but they are important to have when you will be enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Keep them in your camper at all times, and be sure to replace them if they are used in an emergency.
Poison Ivy Treatments
If someone in your family comes in contact with poison ivy, have them take a shower and wash the affected area with oil-free soap. Keep it in the closet until someone needs it so you will have it on hand in an emergency. Rubbing alcohol can be used to remove the resins from poison ivy, so keep a small bottle with the first aid kit.
Bee sting kits come in little waterproof packages and are easy to add to your first aid kit. If someone is stung, the specialized cream in these kits will help provide pain relief. Keep at least one kit in the camper at all times, and replace it as soon as possible if you need to use it.
Homemade Ice Packs
Buy a cheap pack of sponges and leave them under the sink. When someone needs an ice pack, you soak a sponge in cold water, put it in a Ziploc bag and toss it in the freezer. Within a few minutes, you will have a cool, soft, reusable ice pack available to treat burns, scrapes and bruises.
If you camp in one area all the time, buy some honey that is made in that area. The bees are producing honey from local pollen, and consuming it will help your body develop a better resistance. Simply eat a little honey on toast or in oatmeal every day for long-term allergy relief. You can also keep a box of antihistamines like Benadryl in the camper. Take the medication at night because it may make you a little sleepy.
Add a tube of anti-itch cream to the first aid kit. You will reach for it to help you with mosquito bites and feet that are itching from walking through the grass. It can also be useful for poison ivy and bee stings.
These little additions should remain in the camper so they are always ready for use. Add them to the first aid kit or just leave the in the bathroom cabinet until they are needed. Be sure to replace them as they are used, so you will always have the right supplies on hand when you need them.