We often hear about accidents in the home & no doubt we all have a first aid kit in the house where we can reach it when we need to. 

When we travel we are often in unfamiliar surrounds and when caravanning we are doing things that we maybe do not do every day.  We need to be ready for small emergencies and it stands to reason when we are on the road that we should be ready to be in some way useful if we encounter a larger accident or emergency than we may have anticipated.

Antique red cross first aid badge

It is well worth therefore doing a first aid course before you set out.  These are often available as night classes or can be undertaken part time during the winter months in preparation for the caravan season.  Various occupational first aid and professional organisations also provide these course and you may well find that you can do one through your workplace.  These are often government sponsored and qualifications are available on completion.

People like the Red Cross, St Johns Ambulance Service and Salvation army all offer courses and many people who go on to complete them end up as volunteers in these groups or return regularly for refreshers.

Choose you caravan and camping first aid kit carefully and if you have only one carry it in your tow vehicle.  This will ensure that it is usually in the same place as you and is there when you need it.  Of course you are free to purchase two and keep one in the caravan in case a member or members of the party have taken the car on a separate adventure and left other to relax at the campsite.  Whichever you choose make sure that it is always readily available and not buried underneath a heap of camping kit when you go to find it.

The best kits are assembled over time and are kept up to date by discarding items that may be perishable and replacing them with fresh

Gloved hands holding a green first aid kit outdoors near a car

stock.  Add a reminder to your going away checklist to do this on a regular basis.

Chose a robust and easily identifiable container for you first aid as it will need to travel with you all the time.  You may find yourself in a situation where somebody else will need to find the kit so it should be immediately evident what it is.

Basic cuts, scrapes and bumps should be catered for in the kit that you choose.  You should also add a basic eye care kit and something that will help you to deal with burns.  Carrying short splints or even pieces of card and bubble wrap can be useful if you need to deal with a broken limb.

Always have a good first aid manual in the kit.  Unless you are a medical professional or teach or practice first aid all the time will forget some of the things you learn.

CPR and AED skills are always useful to have and as a first aid practitioner it is useful to know where the nearest AED is situated.  Is there one at the campsite?  Are they located at local police stations or sports clubs.  Impress everybody with just how organised you are and check this with the campsite when you arrive.

Remember that you are the most important person on the scene.  Make sure that you and those around you are safe before you secure the scene and intervene to help.  First, do no harm, if all you can do is to chat with the victim and reassure them until qualified help arrives then that is alright.

This page is for your information only and I am offering no advice or guidance other than to do a recognised first aid course, get yourself a good first aid kit and keep it and your skills up to date.

First Aid By: Pete
First Aid Kit By: Highways Agency