First Aid Kits


When thinking about going on any kind of outdoor adventure, your top priority should be to prepare for any disasters that you might encounter along the way. A camping, hiking, or any other kind of trip can be life-changing. It’s also not for those who are faint of heart, depending on the location. Since you will be traveling on dangerous and unfamiliar paths, look into first aid kits so you can take safety precautions when you face a problem. One of the biggest considerations for winter and backcountry trips is to make sure that you have enough provisions for a lengthy stay, should things not go your way. When you are out there alone, the only person you can rely on is yourself.

A basic first aid kit should include emergency supplies such as sterile gauze dressing, plaster in various sizes, safety pins, rolled bandages, disposable gloves, scissors, tweezers, sticky tape, alcohol-free wipes, skin rash cream, thermometer, Aspirin, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream, pain killers, clean water for wounds, and your personal medication. Don’t forget to add a multi-tool to the kit. Yes, it is a bit unconventional but if push comes to shove, you will be glad you have something sharp to do what’s needed. You should pack only the necessary items because one minute you might be enjoying a beautiful sunrise, and the next limping because of a broken ankle. With your mobility compromised, you won’t be able to carry a backpack filled with pointless supplies.

Water is essential for life. One can survive without food but not without water, which is why you need to upgrade some of your emergency supplies, such as your water bottle. Instead of carrying a plastic bottle, why not buy a hydration bladder with over 3 liters of capacity. If your hour-long trek gets extended due to some reason, you will have enough water to last in the wilderness for more than a week. This water can also be used for cleaning wounds and prevent infections. If you are going for one of those commercial first aid kits, make sure you carry the manual with you so you don’t face any problems when using the supplies. You might not know the purpose of some of the medicines and taking the wrong one in the wilderness can be dangerous.