Updated: 06/07/2018 4:27 PM | Print Story |  Email

First Aid on the Campground

Dr. Archelle Georgiou does a round of “take this, not that” with camping first aid!


1. First Aid Kit

  • Do take a pre-packed kit
  • Don’t take one you pack yourself

The prepackaged kits are lighter, cheaper and more complete. Here is one she recommends on Amazon.

2. Creams and Lotions

  • Do take 1% cortisone cream
  •  Don’t take calamine lotion

Cortisone is more effective at decreasing itching and inflammation. It also helps you heal faster. It also contains zinc oxide which helps with soothing.

3. Bug Spray

  • Do take buy spray that works
  • Don’t take bug spray just because it’s marked as “plant based” or “natural”

You should look for DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. It also must be in the right concentration.

Look for:

  • DEET: 15-30% (higher is not better)
  • Picardin: 20%
  • Oil of Lemon Eucalytus: 30%

Popular brands have formulas that include cedar, citronelle, lavender, geranium oil and rosemary. These don’t work particularly well.

4. Wound Dressings

  • Do bring steri-strips
  • Do not bring super glue

Super glue only works for neat and clean cuts (like from a knife). Steri-strips act like stiches for small cuts. She recommends this product from Amazon.


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