Outdoor First Aid

Build It: Homemade First Aid Kit

There are plenty of pre-packaged first aid kits out there but, here are some good ingredients that should go in most kits for most types of hikes. Keep in mind that the longer the hike, or the larger the group, the more safety gear you should bring.

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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.

The Basics

  • Tweezers
  • Safety Pins
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Antiseptic Towelettes
  • Wound Closure Strips
  • Moleskin or duct tape for blisters
  • Bandaids
  • ACE bandage
  • Bandanna (for splints)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine
  • Gatorade powdered drink (emergency electrolytes, energy)

Survival Upgrade

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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