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
- 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…..