This is probably one of the most important pieces of equipment that grey nomads will take with them on the road.
Not to put too fine a point on it, a well-equipped first aid kit (along with some first-aid knowledge) can save lives. As thousands of grey nomads venture off in big rigs on unfamiliar roads into remote and unforgiving country, it is inevitable that medical emergencies will occur. As well as sunsets, sightseeing and happy hours, there are stresses, exhaustion and exertion.
It only makes sense to be as prepared as you can be for the unexpected. Everything from a sprain or a sunburn to a burn or a break potentially become extremely serious when travellers are far from the nearest hospital..
Every grey nomad should pack a first-aid kit, know where it is and, crucially, know how to use it. There are a number of first-aid courses that can bring soon-to-be travellers up to speed on the latest techniques for treating a variety of conditions.
Several organisations – including of course St John Ambulance and the Red Cross – also sell an extensive range of first-aid kits. You may wish to carry a comprehensive kit in your rig and a more lightweight, portable version to take with you on bushwalks and the like. There are a large array of pre-packaged kits for sale at camping shops, automotive shops and department stores. Alternatively you can simply make up your own, ensuring that all the basic elements are included. Obviously it is important that kits are kept in a clean, waterproof container and these should be checked regularly and restocked if any items are damaged or out of date.