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In addition to medication, a small first aid kit is always good to have on board. For the most part you can pick these up pre assembled just about anywhere. Or you can definitely piece together your own. Here are a few things to think about when purchasing one and/or packing your own.

  • Try to find one that is contained in a small durable bag rather than a box. Bags are squishy and will fit in your pack better than a box.
  • Make sure your first aid bag has a liner to protect its contents from getting wet from weather or accidental spillage.
  • Keep all first aid items together. This will come in handy if you need to help someone. You can just grab it and go without having to lug your entire pack.
  • Another benefit of having your first aid gear together is not having to rummaging around your whole pack while someone is in need of medical attention.

Items that should be included in the most basic of First Aid kits (whether you create your own, or you purchase one) goes as follows:

  • Approx. 25 adhesive bandages (Band aids) of various sizes
  • 1 + compress dressings
  • 6 + gauze pads (various sizes)
  • 1 pair of tweezers
  • 3 packets of antibiotic ointment
  • 1 pair small scissors
  • 1 pair nonlatex gloves
  • 1 instant cold pack
  • 1 packet antiseptic wipes
  • 2 triangular bandages (generally used for slings)
  • 2 roller bandages
  • 1 roll bandage tape

If you’d like a more intense First Aid kit – consider purchasing one that includes, (or if you’re creating your own including) the following items…

  • Larger quantities and varieties of dressings/bandages listed above
  • Thermometer
  • CPR one way plastic valve
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • First Aid Instruction Book
  • A few doses of acetaminophen
  • A few packets of hydrocortisone cream, any brand will do
  • Space Blanket

You won’t be sorry you planned ahead if you ever have to use your First Aid kit. If there’s anything you’d personally want or need in a First Aid kit that’s not mentioned above, by all means include it! Its your emergency after all…..

6 Responses to “Emergency Kit: First Aid”

  1. Bill

    I was an EMT for 10 years and you wouldn’t believe how many people do not have First Aid kits in their homes. Or any kind of First Aid at all. Definitely need to look into a heavy duty First Aid kit to store and a separate one to use. Great Blog.

    • Austo

      Bill… i’ve looked around for first aid kits… more the better. any suggestions on websites you like that has a good first aid kit??

      • Catharine Goodson

        As a Dental Anesthesiologist, I have designed an Emergency Drug Kit that treats seven of the most commonly occurring true medical emergencies: fainting, asthma attack, mild allergic reaction, severe allergic reaction, hypoglycemia/low blood sugar, heart attack and chest pain. This kit specifically deals with issues that require immediate medical intervention. If you would like more information, contact me.
        Catharine Goodson, DDS

  2. Andi Murfy

    Thanks…….Your blog is very informative and it has filled me with the ocean of knowledge, It gives me a path to the right direction. Also You have to make sure your first aid kit has plenty of supplies such as bandages, pain killers, ace wrap, sling, etc. I will definitely follow your advice and experience.

  3. Richard

    Also consider an Epinephrine Pen for those with allergies and Glucose tablets for diabetics or people suffering from low blood sugar. We keep some Quick Clot and sutures for bad cuts and lidocaine for those that know how to use them. It is easy to learn and if ever needed you will be glad you had them.

    • Sarah

      Richard – thanks for reading and for your input! Very good point about the Epi-Pen. I have 2 whole posts dedicated to medications (prescription and OTC) Epi-Pen included. Feel free to check them out in our archives (under Emergency Kit Medications) for more specific medication recommendations.