March is Red Cross Month

First Aid Supplies to Have On Hand

First Aid Supplies to Have On Hand

March is Red Cross Month, a good time to think about preparedness for camping! Here is a little history:

“Red Cross disaster response goes all the way back to Clara Barton and the beginning of the American Red Cross. The first disaster response was in 1881 when a forest fire in Michigan burned through a million acres in 24 hours. The fire claimed almost 300 lives and left thousands homeless. Red Cross chapters collected food and supplies which were shipped to Michigan to assist the 14,000 people in need of help. Today, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters every year.”

Aside from disaster relief, the Red Cross assists military families, provides health and safety courses, and helps to provide over 40% of America’s blood supply through donations.

Now, back to Camping Preparednes – here is a basic list for a First Aid Kit:


And don’t forget these items:

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer

It wouldn’t hurt to find CPR and  First Aid classes somewhere, too!