First-aid kit the checklist for camping


Remember how often you were faced with the question of what really belongs in your first-aid kit while on vacation? The range extends from a complete first aid kit with a mobile defibrillator to a simple plaster. The right choice of medication and bandages can make the difference between a carefree vacation and unpleasant surprises. We understand your concerns and would like to present you with a useful first-aid kit checklist that gives you a comprehensive overview of what you should really have with you when traveling. We want to make sure that your camping adventure is both safe and worry-free. Read on to find out which important items should not be missing from your first-aid kit.

The basics of the first-aid kit for camping

Your first-aid kit should include a few basic items to ensure you are well prepared when traveling. We have compiled a list for you here to help you keep an eye on the essential elements of your first-aid kit.

Individual medication

  • All medication that you take regularly should be packed in sufficient quantities, especially if it is not available over the counter in the country you are visiting. This applies, for example, to insulin, blood pressure medication, anti-allergic drugs and contraceptive pills. Different countries may have different dosages, formulations and qualities, so it is advisable not to do without your personal medication.

Wound disinfectant and wound ointment

  • In the event of open wounds, it is advisable to have wound disinfectant and wound ointment to hand. Infected wounds can quickly spoil a vacation, so it is important to treat them quickly and effectively.

Dressing material

  • In addition to plasters, you should also keep sterile compresses, gauze bandages, splinter tweezers and a triangular cloth in your first-aid kit. This allows you to professionally treat wounds on the move and protects against soiling.

Blister plaster

  • Whether you’re on a city break or hiking in the mountains, blister plasters are always helpful. Even the best shoes can’t protect you from blisters, so you should nip this source of pain in the bud.


  • Vacations can occasionally be accompanied by headaches or back pain. It is therefore advisable to pack painkillers such as ibuprofen, paracetamol or aspirin. These can not only relieve pain, but also reduce fever.

Sun cream

  • Regardless of your destination, a high-quality sunscreen should always be to hand. It even protects your skin from sunburn and premature skin aging on a skiing vacation in the mountains.

Nasal drops or spray

  • When traveling by plane, blocked noses can make it difficult to equalize pressure. Therefore, nasal drops or spray should not be missing in your hand luggage to avoid unpleasant situations.

Remedy for motion sickness

  • If you get sick easily on car journeys or other means of travel, you should also think about chewing gum or medication for motion sickness and have these to hand.

Whether you are traveling to a country that meets German medical standards or not, this basic equipment in your first-aid kit can be extremely helpful in unexpected situations. Because the way to the nearest pharmacy may be further than you think. Keep these essentials in your backpack to keep your vacation safe and worry-free.

First-aid kit the checklist for camping

Supplement your first-aid kit for long-distance travel

If you are preparing for a long-distance trip to exotic regions where particular health risks such as malaria may occur or where medical care is limited, it is advisable to expand your first-aid kit beyond the basic equipment. In this section we give you an overview of the important supplements for your first-aid kit.

Insect protection is crucial

Insect repellent should be one of the first things you include in your first-aid kit for long-distance travel. This spray can help prevent insect bites and stings, which are not only annoying but can also transmit diseases. Some travelers prefer to buy insect repellent in their destination country, but bear in mind that you could quickly find yourself without adequate protection in malaria or dengue fever areas. It is therefore advisable to buy the spray in advance or to purchase it as soon as you arrive.

Relief for insect bites

To relieve the annoying itch after insect bites, we recommend taking an insect bite ointment with you. These little helpers can give you relaxing nights and increase your sleeping comfort during your journey.

Clinical thermometer in your luggage

An electronic clinical thermometer belongs in every well-equipped first-aid kit. It is important to choose a shatterproof model, as glass thermometers can easily be damaged when traveling. This practical utensil allows you to monitor your body temperature if you feel unwell or develop symptoms.

Well prepared for diarrhea

Traveler’s diarrhea is a common discomfort, especially when your stomach and intestines have to adjust to the unfamiliar food. Local drinking water can also be a risk factor. You should therefore find out in advance whether the water at your destination is drinkable. In the event that you do get diarrhea, it is advisable to have a remedy for diarrhea in your first-aid kit. In addition to taking such medication, it is important to drink enough (boiled) water to compensate for fluid loss.

Dressing material for emergencies

For long-distance travel, you should go beyond the basic equipment such as plaster strips and also include first-aid materials in your first-aid kit. If you injure yourself in remote areas, you will be glad to have gauze bandages and similar dressing material to hand. It is better to be prepared for such eventualities.

With this extended first-aid kit, you are well equipped to enjoy your long-distance trip safely and carefree. Remember to take into account the specific conditions and risks of your destination and adapt your first-aid kit accordingly. So you can enjoy your adventures without any health concerns.

Tips and advice for your first-aid kit for camping

If you are now aware of the most important components of your first-aid kit, there are still a few additional aspects to consider. Please bear in mind that the following advice is of a general nature and only your doctor can assess your individual situation.

Correct storage is crucial

Pack your first-aid kit carefully, ideally sterile, and store it at an appropriate temperature. For example, avoid leaving your medication in the car in the blazing sun on a hot day. Special cool bags are available for medicines that need to be refrigerated. Please note, however, that you will need a medical certificate to carry such bags on the plane.

Division between suitcase and hand luggage

Although it can be annoying, suitcases can occasionally get lost when traveling. We therefore recommend dividing vital medication such as insulin between your suitcase and hand luggage.

Liquids in hand luggage

Only liquids in containers with a maximum capacity of 100 milliliters and a maximum total volume of one liter are permitted in hand baggage. Remember to pack larger liquid containers, such as a 200-milliliter cough syrup bottle, in your checked baggage.

Observe import and export regulations

If you are spending your vacation outside Germany, find out in good time about the import and export regulations of your destination country and the regulations for your individual medication. It would be annoying to find out at the airport abroad that your important medication can only be imported with a doctor’s certificate. Visit the customs website and speak to your treating doctor as this may vary from country to country.

First-aid kit for a family vacation

If you are planning a family vacation, remember that children usually require different dosages and sometimes different active ingredients. Make sure that painkillers, insect repellents and the like are available in the correct dosage for your children.

Coordination with the activities

Take the planned activities into account when compiling your first-aid kit. A beach vacation may require ear drops to remove water from the ears, while a hiking vacation might require a tight bandage to stabilize a twisted ankle. Think about which utensils could be useful for your travel program.

Do not forget the package insert

If in doubt, it is important to consult the package leaflet of your medication to obtain information on the correct dosage, possible interactions and other relevant details.

Medication to be taken regularly

If you take your medication regularly, make sure you take the time difference into account. As a rule, the interval between receipts should remain constant, not the time of day. It is best to consult your doctor.

Consult your doctor if you are unsure

We recommend that you speak to your family doctor before you travel, especially if you are traveling abroad. Your doctor knows your individual situation best and can answer all your questions.

Have doctors and contact details ready

In the event that you need medical assistance, it is advisable to have the number of your health insurance company and your family doctor to hand. In the unlikely event that you need this information, you don’t want to have to search for it for long.

Consider health insurance abroad

If serious medical treatment is required while on vacation, this can be very costly. In such situations, reliable international health insurance is a great advantage. Find out more in our separate article on everything you need to know about international health insurance.

Plan travel vaccinations in good time

It is particularly important to find out about recommended travel vaccinations when traveling abroad. Your family doctor can advise you on this. Bear in mind that some vaccinations consist of several partial injections and a certain time interval must be observed between them.

Observe current corona instructions

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet. You should therefore find out about the necessary tests and other regulations before you travel. You can also find information on entry regulations in relation to Corona on our website. We will also show you how to plan your trip safely during the pandemic.


A carefully compiled first-aid kit is an essential part of any trip. It helps to minimize health risks and keep unexpected incidents under control. Proper planning and storage are crucial, as is compliance with import and export regulations.

When traveling as a family, think about the individual needs of your children and adapt your first-aid kit accordingly. Consult your doctor before starting your journey to clarify any uncertainties. Keep important contact information to hand in case of an emergency and consider taking out international health insurance.

In times of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to stay informed about the latest travel advice and to travel responsibly.

With a well-prepared first-aid kit, you can relax and enjoy your trip and are well prepared for any challenges that may arise. At Neuss Camping we wish you a safe and carefree trip!

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