I have taken many CPR and First Aid classes and refresher courses. There are procedures outlined to follow in the most perfect of situations. If you have the proper equipment, then everything is ideal, but what about in situations where you have none of the supplies you need? I had to create a sling for my friend one time out of my jacket, as we drove back into the town to get proper medical attention.
There’s no way to prepare for every medical emergency, but there are things you can keep with you that will help mitigate some of the risk when you encounter an injury or serious situation. Below is a list of things I keep in my car on my travels:
- A mini first aid kit with band-aids, wrap, alcohol pads, hand sanitizer, plastic gloves, and gauze.
- A gallon of water
- Shelfable food items and a can opener.
- Flashlights with back up batteries
- Rags (I like to tear up clean, old t-shirts)
- Warm clothes
- Change of socks and shoes
- Jumper Cables
- Thermal blanket
- Road flares and reflective cones
- Fire extinguisher
You might never need any of these things, but it always pays to be prepared. If you put together a kit of supplies before you go, it will eliminate the stress of being away from service and help if a problem were to arise.
I keep these supplies in the back of my car broken up into bins. The car supplies always stay in the back and the first aid kit stays in the my middle counsel. The food and water bin gets replenished and updated and only travels with me when I’m going to more remote locations.
The problem I always run into though, is having the proper supplies incase I need to keep someone’s neck and head stabilized as I drive them back into town. Until recently, I figured I would lay them in the back seat, but it’s cramped and logistically a nightmare.
I just discovered the Notel Mobile Sleeper, and it is a dream come true for car camping, and it also doubles as a great tool for packing out a potential injured person. With the seats down, the flat surface resembles a stretcher, and all the supplies and bins can be easily stored underneath so the person can have the space he or she needs.
Possible emergencies are a nightmare, but they don’t have to limit your adventures! Make sure you are prepared as you explore!