Published on July 20, 2015 at 10:38 / Updated on May 8, 2018 at 20:53

Nothing says "family fun" like a camping trip, where you can always expect the unexpected and a healthy dose of adventure.

But as with any adventure, there can be a few bumps along the road. That’s why you should never set out without a well-stocked first aid kit tailored to the needs of your family and their specific health conditions.

Your kit needs the basics—assorted bandages, dressings, and gauzes, scissors, tweezers, elastic bands, tape, and the like. You should also have medications (in both child and adult dosages) for common ailments like fevers, pain, diarrhea, or stomach aches. To truly enjoy the great outdoors it pays to throw in a blanket, insect repellent, sunscreen, flashlight and batteries, water purification tablets, and skin care products to relieve itching and irritation caused by bug bites or sunburns. Don’t forget a list of the names and phone numbers of your emergency contacts. And make sure every member of the family—that includes kids—knows what’s in the kit and how to perform basic first aid.

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