How to Make Your Own Small & Cheap First Aid Kit
Any time you are out hiking, camping, backpacking or spending time outside there is always the possibility of an accident. Being prepared for an emergency and preparing ahead of time for uncertainties is the best first step before heading out. A small, compact first aid kit that you can make on your own can easily be packed into your gear for the day.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- Assorted Bandages Assorted Gauze Pads Roll of Gauze Sealed Alcohol Wipes Small Roll of Adhesive Tape Aspirin Antihistamine Tablets Rolaids Small Tube of Neosporin Tweezers Moleskin Small Scissors Safety Pins Bandana Personal Medications
- Assorted Bandages
- Assorted Gauze Pads
- Roll of Gauze
- Sealed Alcohol Wipes
- Small Roll of Adhesive Tape
- Antihistamine Tablets
- Small Tube of Neosporin
- Small Scissors
- Safety Pins
- Personal Medications
Collect the items that you will need for your personal first aid kit. Take into consideration any personal medical issues that you may have. Make sure your kit is complete and up to date. You may already have many of these items around the house.
Check out any local conditions that may require special items.This could include extreme heat or cold, and the possiblity of snakes or insects that may inhabit the area.
Read up on basic first aid. Print a small copy of basic first aid steps and keep it in your kit. You will need to know what to do in case of certain emergencies. Don't put yourself at risk by thinking you can remember everything about every situation.
Once you have assembled your items and information, pack it all into a small sealable container that is specifically marked First Aid.
When you have returned from a trip, check your supplies, replace any that have been used or are out of date.
Tips & Warnings
Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. A cell phone can be invaluable if an accident happens, but not all areas have coverage.
Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
A cell phone can be invaluable if an accident happens, but not all areas have coverage.
This is not a complete list of items. Always be prepared for the unexpected. Pack a small personal survival kit that will allow you to spend an unexpected night out if necessary.
Article Written By Andy McVeigh
Andy McVeigh lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys paddling, biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, scuba diving and photography. McVeigh is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and is currently working on his MBA.
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