When you're going camping, you have a lot to remember as you pack and get ready. Apart from the obvious equipment – tent, sleeping bags, mallet – there's plenty that you should make sure you take with you, as you won't have a very good time without clothes, food and washing supplies.

One of the more important items that should be on your packing list is a first aid kit. Although it's sometimes overlooked, the chance of accidents occurring while camping is higher than it is at home, so you'll want a way to treat them quickly if they do. However, don't just take any old first aid kit; make sure it's tailored to camping by adding these items to the usual supplies.

A suitable bag

First of all, you should give some thought as to what you'll be keeping your emergency supplies in. Obviously, you'll need something big enough to fit everything in, but you don't want it so big that it's inconvenient to carry. An easy zip is a good idea, too, for quick access.

Insect repellent

Mosquitoes and other biting insects can ruin a camping trip, so keeping them away with some repellent is a good idea, and your first aid kit is the ideal place to store it. Just make sure everyone applies some regularly.

Bite ointment

Despite taking precautions, there's a chance insects will still manage to find someone to bite. With the right products, you can at least minimise the itching or stinging, and encourage bites to heal faster.

Burn gel

With campfires and barbecues about, there's a higher chance of burns than normal. A burn gel will cool the site of the burn quickly, and help to keep it moisturised so healing can commence effectively.

Diarrhoea medicine

The last thing you want when you're away from civilisation camping in the great outdoors is to be struck down with diarrhoea. Many of the medicines available will treat the problem quickly, so you can get back to enjoying your break. If you do come down with this particular complaint, make sure you stay hydrated, too.

Calamine lotion

A multi-purpose item like calamine can help you save space in your first aid kit. You can use it on sunburn, bites, plant and insect stings, and for simple skin moisturising. It will even provide some protection against the sun if you forget to pack sunblock, but you should still exercise a bit of caution as it's not as effective.

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