Hey Everyone! I hope today finds you healthy and happy. Today I want to talk about first aid products that I cary with me in my camera bag all of the time. When your out and about taking photo's whether its in a city or hiking down a trail you still have to be prepared for the unexpected. I have a little I guess what you would call first aid kit that I have in all of my camera bags. These stay in the bags at all times. If I'm planning a longer hike I have a backpacking First Aid kit that I will throw in my camera bag that has more stuff in it but today I'm just going to talk about what I have in my camera bag on a daily basis. I have a sturdy zip lock bag that I got some filters in that works great for this.
Microfiber Lens Wipes- Now this might not seem like a first aid product but for me its real important. I wear glasses and I need to keep them clean. I am a left eye dominate photographer which means that I smudge my glasses almost every time I take a photo. So keeping my glasses clean is a full time job. I use some pre-moistened cloths that I get from Walgreens. These are what I use everyday so I just slip a couple of these in my kit. These are also great for cleaning tough stuff of of your camera lenses too.
Sunscreen- My daytime job keeps me indoors most of the time so when I go outdoors I can burn fairly easily. When I was younger I was outside all of the time and would burn once a year and that was it . I would tan up pretty good and didn't have to worry about the sun. But with age and my indoor job I have to be careful. I take a single pack of Banana Boat SPF 30 were ever I go. I like taking these single packs instead of a bottle or a tube because it saves space. I usually put on my neck , face and forearms and if I'm wearing shorts my legs also.
Insect Repellent- Here in North Carolina there are lots of insects but Mosquito's and ticks are what I'm trying to get away from me. I use a product through backpacking that I found to be very effective. I use Picaridin insect repellent lotion. I like this much better than any other repellent that I have used that has DEET in them. What I really like about this product is that it can last up to 14 hours after applying . Its not greasy or smelly and a little goes along way. I buy these in single packs also. I use the packs when I go backpacking and now when ever I go to a mosquito infested area. (like my backyard sometimes) Its a little pricy but worth it.
Other Stuff- I have some other misc. things I bring. One is a couple of those toothpick Floss thingy's. If your out and about having lunch these come in handy. I also have an old film container that I put Tums, Ibuprofen and benadryl. I usually have a bandaid of some sort put in my little kit also. Because stuff happens .
This might seem like a lot of first aid stuff to carry with you in your camera bag but its a very small kit and remember its not just for you but maybe a fellow photographer or hiker that could use some insect repellent or and Ibuprofen . I have more than once given some insect repellent to a fellow photographer in need. So think about a little kit that you can customize for your camera bag. Hey and don't forget water and food. I usually have some sort of power bar and I always carry water. You don't want to get dehydrated that's not good for you either. Well until next week get outside and keep shooting !