First Aid Kit Supplies Checklist

First Aid Kit Supplies Checklist
As an outdoor enthusiast there is nothing better then leaving your long week at work behind and escaping into the back country. Whether you are hiking up to the top of a new peak or bouldering at your local crag, one item of gear that should never be left behind is a well-stocked first-aid kit. Being prepared means always carrying a first-aid kit when playing in the great outdoors.

Basic Tools

Every first-aid kit should contain at least one pair of non-latex gloves, a quick reference first-aid manual, CPR microshield, scissors, emergency blanket, pocketknife/multi-tool, matches/lighter, tweezers and a thermometer. Depending on the climate in which you are traveling, you may also consider carrying hand warmers or cold compresses for environmental exposures and injuries.

Bandages

From the minor scrape to a laceration, bandages of all sizes are a fundamental need for any wilderness first-aid kit. In addition to having different sizes of Band-aids, your kit should have sterile gauze pads, gauze rolls, at least one elasticized bandage, butterfly bandages, 1-inch athletic tape, moleskin for blisters and 2nd skin burn pads.

Medications and Incidentals

Stock the kit with common necessities such as ibuprofen, antibiotic cream, hydro-cortisone cream, antihistamines, antacids, electrolytes, lip balm, sunscreen, cough drops, antiseptic wipes or soap, eye drops and a sealable bag for waste.

Additional Considerations

Inspect your first-aid kit frequently for familiarity and awareness of the contents. Many of the supplies contained in the kit have a shelf life, so remember to replace expired and used contents as needed. Never stock your first-aid kit with items you are uncomfortable with or do not know how to use. Once you have your kit stocked, take one extra step for added safety by leaving your itinerary with friends or family back home.

Article Written By Patricia Poulin

Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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