Never Underestimate the Need for an Outdoor First Aid Kit

Chapter 6: What You Must Know About Emergency First Aid Kits

Food, clothing, and shelter are something you can actually “create” by using natural resources if you have the right amount of knowledge and expertise. But although there are also ways to cure simple illnesses with herbal remedies, there are also situations when traditional medications and treatments are absolutely necessary. That’s why you must always have a first-aid kit with you, especially if you’re planning to camp in the wilderness without any medical center in proximity.

The safest bet would be to purchase a commercially packaged first-aid kit and then add other items as necessary. But of course, you can always compile your own first aid kit from scratch if that’s what you desire. At the minimum, your first aid kit must contain the following:

  • Emergency or thermal blanket
  • Adhesive bandages of various sizes and types, including but not limited to butterfly closures and knuckle bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Instant cold compress
  • Metal tweezers, splinter remover, and scissors
  • Gauze pads and rolls of various types and lengths
  • Examination or medical gloves
  • Insect repellent, lip and antibiotic ointment, burn cream and hydrocortisone packets, and sunscreen
  • Water packets (instant purification or treatment)
  • Alcohol prep and sting relief pads and antiseptic towelettes
  • Light sticks or flares and emergency whistle
  • Aspirin and tablets for other common illnesses
  • First aid instruction manual specifically intended for common wilderness illnesses and conditions

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