First Aid Kit Tools & Their Uses

First Aid Kit Tools & Their Uses
Whether you are going on an overnight backpacking trip or doing a day long road trip, it is a good idea to have a first aid kit for a minor emergency. Tailor the kit to fit your family's specific needs and store it in a place where it can be easily accessed during an emergency situation. Although no one wants to get hurt, it pays to be prepared for the worst.  Immediate treatment of cuts and injuries prevents long-term complications. The American Red Cross recommends that you keep a first aid kit in your home and also in your car. While first aid kits vary depending on the type of activity you will be participating in, all first aid kits have some essential contents and tools.


While features vary depending on the type of the first aid kit, all first aid kits contain bandages, gloves, tweezers and pain killers. Wrapping bandages, duct tape, adhesive bandages, scissors, antihistamines, aspirin, antibiotic ointment and antiseptic towelettes are all common components. 


Bandages are used to treat scratches and cuts that often occur when hiking. Tweezers can be used to pick out specks of wood that have fallen into a hikers cut. Be sure to clean the wound thoroughly and apply ointment to avoid infection. Hand sanitizer should be included so the person administering the aid can can clean his hands prior to treatment. Non-latex gloves may also be used to ensure sterile conditions. Gloves are used for protection for the first aid administrator.


First aid kits vary in content based on the type of activity they will be used for. Backpacking first aid kits often have lightweight tools. In addition, there are also first aid tools especially useful for the outdoors, such as water purification tablets or extra batteries to recharge headlamps. Camping and hiking first aid kits have more tools and are not as weight conscious as backpacking first aid kits. For example, emergency whistles, a larger variety of bandages, or flashlights are commonly found in camping first aid kits.

Geographic Concerns

First aid kits can also vary depending on the location they will be used. For example, if you''re camping outdoors in Texas, first aid kits often carry snake bit kits. When hiking in New England during the winter, first aid kits often carry emergency blankets.

Hiker Specific Considerations

In addition, first aid kits often reflect special concerns for hikers. For example, if someone in your party has sensitive allergies, allergy relief medication such as Benadryl should be present in your first aid kit.



Article Written By Stephanie D

Stephanie D has been writing and exploring the outdoors for as long as she can remember. She has spent time climbing across the United States and backpacking out west. Stephanie D earned her Bachelor of Science in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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