Having a first aid kit when camping or hiking is essential, but pre-made ones may not give you all you need. Here are eight easy steps to making your own kit.
When you’re out in the wilderness, almost anything can happen. That’s why packing a proper first-aid kit should be at the top of your checklist.
Step 1: Get the right case
Start with a good lightweight and waterproof hard case or large re-sealable bag.
- This will be in what you store all your first aid items.
Step 2: Gather basic bandage items
- Blister pads
- Sterile gauze rolls and pads
- Tensor wraps
- Medical or athletic tape
- Adhesive bandages in many different sizes including triangle
Step 3: Pack items to sterilize wounds and prevent infections
- Cotton swabs
- Anti-bacterial cream
- Alcohol wipes
- Hand sanitizer
Step 4: Add over-the-counter medications
- Pain relievers
- Digestive relief
- Allergy medication
- Topical antibiotic cream
Step 5: Include basic medical instruments
- Safety pins
- Digital thermometer
- CPR mask
- Small magnifying glass
Step 6: Add some creams
- Anti-itch creams
- Burn creams
- Petroleum jelly
Step 7: Don’t forget some comfort items
- Throat lozenges
- Lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Contact care
- Extra contact lenses
- Personal medications, such as asthma inhalers
Step 8: Toss in a few miscellaneous items
- First aid manual
- Small flashlight
- Sterile gloves
- Waterproof bag
- Emergency contact numbers
Be sure to inspect your first aid kit before every camping trip.
- Make sure the first aid items are clean and your medical supplies are sterile and in good condition.
- Replace any expired medications or items as needed.
On each trip, keep your kit in an easily accessible area and tell your camping buddies so they know where to access it. When you get back, restock any items you use so your pack is always up to date.