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First Aid Checklist

 

Simplified First Aid Checklist

Must Haves

Good to Have Additions

Tools

Detailed First Aid Checklist

The only thing worse than getting hurt on your next adventure is getting hurt and not having the proper supplies to fix yourself up, but never fear! US Outdoor has got you covered with a list of all the important stuff.

Must Have Essentials

Even if your plan is just to spend an hour or two walking your favorite trail there are still some basic first aid essentials that you should have with you. The following lists of items are the first things that should be making their way into your emergency kit for any adventure.

  • A wide variety of bandages is always a good thing. Make sure you also include butterfly bandages and plenty of gauze. I prefer to have a bunch of different sized gauze pads instead of going with a roll of gauze.
  • Ointments, alcohol wipes and antiseptic wipes are incredibly important for keeping wounds clean and infection free.
  • Nonstick sterile pads and medical adhesive tape are also a good addition to your first aid kit.
  • Having a knife or scissors along with tweezers is also an important addition that’s perfect for cutting bandage materials and cleaning wounds or removing splinters.
  • Basic medication like Ibuprofen (or something similar) for pain relief and an antihistamine for allergic reactions are an important addition to any first aid or emergency kit.
  • While not absolutely necessary, it’s always a good idea to bring some insect bite/sting relief treatment like AfterBite Outdoor Itch-Relief Cream. It’s hard to enjoy the outdoors if you’re focused on those pesky mosquito bites that won’t stop itching.
  • Ace wraps are a versatile addition to your newly formed first aid kit. You never know when you might roll an ankle or need to keep a splint or ice pack in place.
  • You never know what could happen out there and if you get stranded and emergency blanket is a versatile addition to your kit. An emergency blanket can used to keep you warm or to build a quick shelter from the elements.
  • Sunburns don’t just hurt, they also lead to dehydration and if bad enough, possible infection, so sunscreen is another must have addition to your kit.
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs to help with cleaning wounds.
  • Safety pins for securing bandages and splints.

Good to Have Additions

Now that we have the important stuff taken care, these are the other miscellaneous items that I always try to keep in my first aid kit. They may not be quite as important as the must have list, but they still make life easier in a variety of emergencies.

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Aloe Vera gel or similar burn gel products to help ease the pain of unexpected sunburns.
  • Epi-Pen is a must have if you or someone in your group has serious allergies.
  • If you plan on relaxing around a campfire or cooking on a camp stove, a burn kit is a good idea. The GlacierGel Advanced Blister and Burn Dressings from Adventure Medical Kits has everything you need to take of burns. If you’re doing a lot of walking, this kit also features products that are perfect for taking care of blisters.
  • Finger splints and SAM splints are a light weight and easy way to stabilize breaks until you’re able to go see your doctor.
  • A blood clotting sponge or gauze like the Advanced Clotting Sponge from QuickClot is a safe way to speed up blood coagulation.
  • Antacid tablets are always good to have.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, and bug protection
  • Water filter or some form of water treatment like the Potable Aqua Plus makes drinking water taken from a natural source cleaner and easier to drink.

Tools

Not only should your first aid kit keep you prepared for injuries, but you should also have items in there to help if you or someone in your group gets lost, or if your gear needs a quick repair.

  • From tiny holes in your clothing, to tears in your sleeping bag, a simple needle and thread can do the job until you’re able to get home and apply a patch.
  • You can never go wrong with Duct Tape for a variety of quick fixes and smaller rolls can easily fit into your first aid kit or backpack.
  • It’s good to remember that even cell phones without service or a coverage plan are capable of calling 911 in an emergency, so charging up an old phone and putting it in your kit is a good way to keep you prepared for anything, and don’t forget to also throw in a phone charger.
  • If you’re headed into the backcounty, bringing a whistle and a pocket mirror with you is very important. Having a whistle is a good way to grab someone’s attention if you need help and if you’re in a more remote location a pocket mirror can reflect light to show where you are to possible rescuers.
  • You can never go wrong with carrying a headlamp or a flashlight with you. Sometimes you might get stuck over night or your lantern might burn out before you’re ready, so an emergency light is a necessity.

Pre-Built First Aid Kits

If putting together a first aid kit from scratch is intimidating there are plenty of pre-built kits for you to choose from. Adventure Medical Kits offers a wide variety of first aid kits from personal first aid to family and pet oriented kits that are perfect for any outdoor activity. If you can’t find a kit that has everything you need, you can always add some extras to it yourself for some instant customization. More than likely you won’t need to use everything on the list, but if an emergency does happen, you and everyone with you will be relieved that someone came prepared.


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