Thursday, June 1, 2023


Is there a first aid kit in your tow vehicle? There should be!

Accessing first aid while traveling in your RV can be crucial in case of an emergency. A highway accident may prevent you from accessing your RV’s medicine cabinet. Not only that, but you may need to get first aid items while riding inside the tow vehicle for, say, a headache. (Read about my disaster when attempting to retrieve an aspirin.) Here are some essential items you should include in your tow vehicle’s first aid kit, according to the American Red Cross.

Tow vehicle first aid kit essentials

  • Bandages of various sizes and shapes, including adhesive bandages, gauze pads, and elastic bandages.
  • Adhesive tape to secure bandages and dressings in place. (One-inch width can always be cut to a narrower size.)
  • Antiseptic wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean wounds. (We have individually packaged wipes in our kit to save space.)
  • Tweezers and scissors for removing foreign objects or cutting bandages and clothing.
  • Disposable gloves to protect yourself from bodily fluids and reduce the risk of infection.
  • Instant cold pack to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
  • Triangular bandage to immobilize and support fractured limbs.
  • Pain relief medication such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen.
  • Hydrocortisone ointment packets. (We have small, one-ounce size packets to save space.)
  • CPR mask or face shield to protect yourself while performing rescue breaths.
  • Emergency blanket to keep the injured person warm. (Ours doubles as a picnic blanket.)
  • Emergency first aid instructions. (Order the guide here from the Red Cross Store.)
  • Name, address, and other critical medical information for everyone traveling with you.
  • Note: It’s important to check your first aid kit regularly to make sure all items are up to date. Don’t forget to refill items as needed. Make sure everyone in your RV’s tow vehicle knows where the first aid kit is located and how to use it.

You can purchase a first aid kit at your local drug store, on Amazon, or order a pre-made kit from the American Red Cross here. Depending on the kit you buy, you may need to add items that are not included in the kit, like scissors, tweezers, etc.

Additional steps

In an emergency, call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for assistance.

If you haven’t already done so, see if you can take a Red Cross first aid class. Knowing and practicing critical first aid skills will certainly help in a true emergency.

If you prefer to learn some first aid techniques on your own, check out the “Emergency Medicine Training Course.” Co-sponsored by Mountain Man Medical and, this video training course provides good information. The course is free.


You might also consider exploring and downloading the various first aid apps available for your cell phone and/or iPad. Pay attention to the credibility of the app’s sponsor and check out the evaluations, as well. Try the American Red Cross app, which is highly rated by medical professionals.

Ask for help

Even if you have an emergency first aid kit in your RV’s tow vehicle, remember that there may be people around you who can also help. Ask them! Perhaps they have medical knowledge or additional first aid supplies. If necessary, you can also ask them to call 911 for you.

Do you carry a first aid kit inside your RV’s tow vehicle? Have you ever experienced a medical emergency while traveling? Tell us in the comments.


Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.


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1 month ago

I woud suggest having more than one First Aid or emergency app on your smartphone, and to make sure at least one of them will function without Wifi or Cellular network connectivity.

Neal Davis
1 month ago

We do have a small first-aid kit in the tow vehicle. We have two storage containers in the bedroom of the motorhome. Thank you for reminding me of the importance of having a first-aid kit we can reach when necessary.

1 month ago

Adhesive tape might be better replaced with coban tape. This tape adheres to itself, leaves no sticky residue and will be more stable in your kit than adhesive tape (which can get gooey after a few years). Coban can be purchased online or in most stores in the first aid section. It also comes in a variety of colors!

1 month ago

Attend a CPR class and get certified.

1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Yes! Thanks for this important tip.

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