The Basics of Wilderness First Aid

The Basics of Wilderness First Aid 

Learning basic wilderness first aid is one of the most useful, and perhaps critical, skills you can gain as you travel the country in your Lance Camper. When you're out on the trail miles from professional medical aid and something goes wrong, you may have to rely on your knowledge of first aid to prevent further injury or to even save a life.

While by no means the same as a physician, first aid intervention can stabilize an injured person long enough for trained medicals to take over.

Attend a Class

The first step is to sign up for a first aid class. These are offered in most cities in some form or another. Try local hospitals and community centers. There are also classes specifically tailored to addressing scenarios and injuries more common to wilderness settings, but these are rarer than standard first aid classes.

Have the Right Supplies

You must be prepared for a variety of situations, so packing essentials is vital. Design your kit with your destination and activities in mind.

  • Elastic bandages and tape, gauze, and band-aids
  • Splints, scissors, tweezers, rubber gloves, and disinfectant lotion and wipes
  • Antibacterial cream, calamine lotion, insect repellent, hydrocortisone cream for insect bites, poison ivy, and rashes, eye wash, lip balm, and sunburn cream
  • Aspirin, allergy tablets, alternative headache tablets for those who can't take aspirin, throat lozenges, cold and flu medication, medication for constipation, upset stomach, and diarrhea in liquid or tablets
  • Ointment and/or patches for sore muscles and hot and cold compresses
  • CPR and a first aid guidebook

Pack Your Medications

Although not a first aid kit item, bring your doctor's contact information in case you need a prescription refilled while traveling. Refill your prescription prior to leaving and be sure there are refills available should you need to replenish your supply at a nationally known drug store or retail store. If possible, bring a prescription with you from your doctor in case you only have access to a small, locally run drug store. You never know what may cause an extension to your trip and you don't want to be caught without your medications.

Hit the Road in a Lance Camper

Now that you know what to do in case of an emergency in the wilderness, your next order of business ought to be reaching the wilderness. Hit the road in your very own Lance Camper and get closer to the adventure.