Here’s a list of what I like to put in my outdoor first aid kit to take on our personal trips (hiking and travelling). I try to cover a broad range of possibilities while still keeping it small and light. I find that having generic items with multiple uses really helps to keep the weight down.
Sometimes I will carry more than what’s listed here and sometimes less. It depends on a few things like where I am going, who I am going with and for how long, but this is a good generic base for an outdoor first aid kit to help get you started.
Knowing how to use the items in a first aid kit is just as important as having them. Consider taking a St Johns First Aid Course for basic first aid or a Wilderness First Aid Course to gain more in-depth knowledge. Tas Tafe runs a really good course that gave me a lot more confidence in leading groups and venturing out into some of the more remoter parts of the world.
outdoor first aid kit - Tools
Reusable splinter probe
Cotton wool tips
Antihistamine for hayfever and minor reactions + Phenergan in the case of stronger reactions
Re-hydration powder / tablets
Cold and Flu tablets
*Plus any personal medication needed
outdoor first aid kit - Dealing with Wounds
Stingoes / anti itch / insect sting spray
Aloe vera gel
Gauze pads of various sizes
Fixomull Stretch + Transparent. And lots of it! I use this for everything from chaff to blister and in place of band-aids. Its great because you can cut it to the size you like and the transparent fixomull is waterproof and breathable.
Compression / snake bandage x 3
Triangular bandage x 2
Non stick sterile pads
Medical adhesive / sports tape
Blister treatments – There are many options here but my go-to for bad blisters is a bit of foam mat cut into a doughnut shape for cushioning. However it’s best to try and prevent blisters all together by taping up any hotspots with fixomull and sports tape immediately.
outdoor first aid kit- Other things
Notepad + pens
Repellent (preferably containing DEET or Picaridin)
Hazard bag / Labelled zip lock bag
In my outdoor first aid kit I like to take all of the medication I carry with me out of the original packaging. I cut the sections of the boxes that I need (all of the dosage requirements etc.) and place these in a zip lock bag to save on space.
For the sachets of tablets themselves, I tape them with a thin strip of fixomull to stop them from popping out.
It’s also really important to note down the date of expiry. I do this either on top of the fixomull or on the pieces of cardboard box I have kept to ensure the medication doesn’t go out of date.
Ruby & Josh
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