Allergies & The Great Outdoors – My First Aid Kit for the Cabin/Trailer


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Spring and summer have sprung, meaning it’s time for my family’s allergies to start acting up. Mike is always reacting to poplar fluff, Mr K is allergic to an unknown pollen and The Rose has bad reactions to mosquito bites all summer long. Hopefully said mosquitoes aren’t going to be so bad this year, we’ve had the driest spring in years, so I have my fingers crossed that those little biting bloodsuckers are not going to be as prolific as last year!

We stay out at our trailer on Gull Lake for days – weeks even- at a time during the summer months when the kids are out of school. We have a first aid kit that stays out there permanently and gets restocked as needed. It’s far better to stock up a First Aid kit that stays there than bringing one every time we go to the trailer, because if you know me, then you know that I am extremely forgetful. That First Aid kit would be left at home time and time again.

little boy sitting and reading in camp

My lake First Aid kit is slightly different than the one I have at home. There is far more emphasis on insect bite relief and allergy symptom relief than anything else. My daughter gets absolutely worked up when she’s itchy and to be honest, I can’t blame her. I get a mosquito bite and nothing happens reaction-wise, it seems that they don’t affect me. My daughter, however, swells up terribly with every bite she receives. No matter how diligent we are with the insect repellent on her, she always seems to end up with a bite somewhere.

Which might be why she rolls herself up in the hammock. They can’t bite if they can’t find it!

little girl rolled herself up in the blue and green colored hammock

This post was sponsored by the makers of BENADRYL®. Thoughts and opinions are my own. To ensure BENADRYL® products are right for you and your family, always read and follow the label.

That’s where BENADRYL® comes in.  I honestly don’t know how we’d be able to manage at the lake without having BENADRYL® Itch Spray. As I’ve said before, we are definitely a BENADRYL® family. We have Children’s BENADRYL® Liquid  in every house; my sister’s, my parent’s, my own, and at the trailer that we all share. BENADRYL® works fast and effectively to alleviate reactions like hives that can happen with the various unexpected allergies in our family. We simply need it on hand at all times.

So with that said, you can probably guess the two main items on my Cabin/Trailer First Aid Kit!

little boy wearing lime colored shirt and a little girl wearing pink shirt sitting in the bench


  • BENADRYL® Itch Spray, Stick or Cream, whichever form is easiest for you to use on bites and allergic reactions
  • BENADRYL®, both Children’s Liquid and adult LIQUI-GELS® because you never know who will have an unexpected reaction
  • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®, others), ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, others)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Auto-injector of epinephrine (Epi-Pen)

The Basics
• Bandage strips and butterfly bandages in assorted sizes
• Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
• Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
• Petroleum jelly
• Safety pins in assorted sizes
• Scissors and tweezers
• Soap or hand sanitizer
• Antibiotic ointment
• Antiseptic towelettes
• Thermometer

• Aloe vera gel
• Calamine lotion

  • Emergency tube of sunscreen in case I forget to pack some
  • Insect Repellent
  • Chapstick with an SPF

Happy camping season everyone!



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