It's a good idea to know basic first aid instructions anytime - but especially when you set off on a camping trip.
Being in the outdoors can bring its share of hazards!
With the right knowledge, you can treat these many of these ailments yourself.
More importantly, most of these can be avoided altogether by taking some simple precautions.
Dealing with severe emergencies is beyond the scope of this page. If you are going camping off the beaten track, it's a good idea to take a first aid training course that includes CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) training and basic first aid instructions.
You probably will never need the
CPR training - but wouldn't it be a comfort knowing that in case of a real
emergency you could sustain life until help arrived?
Even without taking a first aid course, you can learn how to recognize potentially deadly conditions so that you can seek medical help immediately.
If someone in your group experiences a heart attack or stroke, getting help quickly can mean the difference between life and death.
Please be aware that not all of these symptoms will necessarily be present. If you suspect a heart attack - even if you are not sure - call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.
Signs of a stroke appear suddenly and without warning.
If memorizing this list of symptoms is daunting, just remember the 3 letters "STR" (the first 3 letters in the word "stroke"):
If the person is unable to smile, talk coherently or raise both arms above the head, there is a good chance that he or she is having a stroke. Call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.
Chances are that you will encounter only minor injuries when you go camping. You'll be able to prevent many of them by using common sense, and you'll be able to deal with most of the rest with the help of your well-stocked first aid kit.
Let's talk about the most common camping mishaps, and the basic first aid instructions for dealing with them.
Blisters are tiny but nasty. They can ruin a hike and make their victim miserable for days. Left untreated, they can become infected and really be a problem. Here's how to prevent blisters on feet.
If you do get a blister, you'll want to know what do about it. Click here to read about first aid for blisters.
Heat exhaustion is the result of too much sun and too little water.
Left untreated, it can morph into heat stroke, a potentially deadly condition. Fortunately, both heat exhaustion and heat stroke are easily preventable.
Do you know how to recognize poison ivy? Do you know what to do if you accidentally wander into a poison ivy patch?
Sunburn is an ever-present danger in the summer!
Tick bites are not an issue at all unless the tick happens to carry disease.
Wasp and bee stings are painful for everyone, and very dangerous for some.
Here's some information about wasp sting prevention as well as basic first aid instructions for wasp sting first aid.
Knowing basic first aid instructions will give you peace of mind, and might prevent an unnecessary trip to the emergency room. Knowing that you can recognize the serious things and deal with the minor things will help to ensure a successful and relaxing vacation!
Have a safe and enjoyable trip!