Taking a few minutes to assemble a tick kit before your next camping trip is quick and easy and you may already have the items you need on hand. For your kit you will need rubbing alcohol or iodine scrub, sealable bags or tape, and a pair of fine tip tweezers. Take all of the kit items and place them in a clearly labeled small box or pouch so all of the items are together and ready to go.
The next step is to learn about how to remove a tick before they latch on to your body. This is where the tweezers in the kit come in handy. There are special tick removal devices you can purchase, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that a pair of pointy tipped tweezers will do the job. Use the tweezers to grasp the tick as close as you can near the skin and pull it away with constant, steady, and even pressure. Be careful not to twist or jerk a tick, this could cause body parts of the tiny pest to break off and maybe even cause it to leave more saliva behind. Tick saliva is where the disease causing bacteria live.