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Learn to handle common medical problems with Backpacker Magazine's Online course on 'Wilderness First Aid'. Join Today!
Don't just rely on duct tape: All the first-aid know-how in the world is useless without the right supplies to put it into action. But store-bought kits aren't always built with the trail in mind. Better option: make one yourself. Start with this basic list and customize to your needs.
- Safety Pins
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Antiseptic Towelettes
- Wound Closure Strips
- Moleskin or duct tape for blisters
- ACE bandage
- Bandanna (for splints)
- Gatorade powdered drink (emergency electrolytes, energy)
Power up your first-aid kit by including these items to help you beat the elements and get found again.
- Signaling device (whistle, mirror)
- Safety Matches/fire-starter
- Mylar blanket
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