Outdoor First Aid Kit Contents

Outdoor first aid kits for camping and hiking vary a bit from the first aid kit in your home. With the possibilities of poison ivy, insect bites, scratches, sunburn and even snake bites, you'll need a lot more than gauze, bandages and antibacterial ointment to be prepared.

Here are some of the essentials you should have in your pack.

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Assorted bandages (the type with antibiotic ointment in them are best)
  • Gauze pads
  • Gauze cotton wrapping and medical tape
  • Fabric pressure bandage with clips
  • Tourniquet
  • Smelling salts
  • Emetic to induce vomiting
  • Chemical ice packs that activate when you mix the contents
  • Chemical warming packs that activate when you mix the contents
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Pain medication (ibuprofen for inflammation, acetaminophen for pain and either for fever)
  • Antihistamine liquid or tablets
  • Calamine lotion
  • Anti-venom for snakebites
  • Epinephrine pen
  • Digital thermometer
  • Rain poncho
  • Waterless hand sanitizer
  • Radio
  • Blanket
  • Towel
  • Emergency drinking water
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Protein bars
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Thermal Blanket

If you're hiking and you're concerned about pack weight, you might want to spread the heavier items, such as a flashlight, radio and blanket, among several people in your party. If you prefer campgrounds, most of these supplies can be kept in your car, though you'll want bandages, a tourniquet, a snakebite kit and an epi pen for any deep treks into the woods.

The key to being prepared is to remember that small injuries usually aren't the problem; it's those big ones that may force you to leave someone behind until you can reach help. Make sure you have everything needed to treat the injury and keep the injured person comfortable until you're able to return.

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