The Backpacking First Aid Kit Guide
A backpacking first aid kit is a vital part of your equipment whether you’re taking a day hike or a week long excursion. Insect bites, minor cuts and scrapes, bruises, rashes, sunburn, blisters and sprains are the most common injuries to encounter, but accidents happen and you don’t want to be caught unprepared.
Additionally, we encourage you to take a first aid course. A fully stocked first aid kit is useless without the knowledge of how to handle more serious injuries. The skills you learn can be life saving. Help is not going to be minutes away like it is when you’re at home. Your knowledge of first aid may be the only thing helping someone if there is an emergency.
Above is a link to our printable first aid kit checklist. It can be used to make your own first aid kit or to evaluate a pre-assembled kit. What you need will depend on the size of your backpacking group and the type of backpacking trip you’re taking.
It should be noted that the above printable list is quite extensive. Below is a quick list of what we consider to be the essentials of a basic first aid kit:
- Antibiotic ointment
- Anti-itch ointment
- Antiseptic wipes
- Assorted adhesive bandages
- Assorted gauze pads
- Blister treatment
- Butterfly bandages
- Fine point tweezers
- First-aid manual
- Medical tape
- Pain relief medicine
- Safety pin/needle
- Small packet of powdered sports drink
We also encourage you to include a 3x5 card with identification information on it such as your name, address, phone number, emergency contact and a list of any medications you take or illnesses you have.
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