Do you and your family often head for the great outdoors? Do your kids like to hike, camp or just spend a day by the lake? If yes, then outdoor first aid kits are a must for you.

While outdoor activities offer immense scope for fun and adventure, it is always best to keep in mind that no matter where you are, accidents can happen. A basic, outdoor first aid kit should include assorted bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, and over-the-counter pain reliever.

Other items to include? Insect sting pads, an instant cold pack and heat compress, sunscreen, emergency thermal blanket, athletic tape, aloe vera gel, calamine lotion, and hydro-cortisone cream.

For hiking or camping, carrying a three-day supply of water and food is a must. Food should be non-perishable and easy to prepare and carry. You can choose from peanut butter, crackers, energy bars and granola bars, and trail mix. Another essential item is hard candies. These are excellent to quench thirst and come in handy if the water supply falls short.

While heading for the outdoors, you should be prepared for accidents/unforeseen incidents. Common accidents that happen outdoors include cuts, falls, insect bites, and getting lost. Thus outdoor kits come in handy even if kept at home or in the vehicle. Before you leave, you should ensure that each member of the family knows what items are in your kit and their usage.

Whether you camp, hike, or play sports, your outdoor first aid kits should be an essential part of your preparations. Remember getting the right kit that will enable you handle any emergency situation. Please note that many outdoor or camping kits include special items that may not be needed in the home. It is thus advisable to keep a good outdoor or camping kit in your car as well as your home.