First Aid Guide: The Checklist

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It’s common knowledge to always prepare yourself with a first aid kit when hiking, camping or backpacking in the wilderness. But, what about other potentially dangerous sports like skateboarding, wake boarding or biking? It’s not a bad idea to stash a basic first aid kit in your pack, bike pouch or glove box of the boat or car. The provided First-Aid Checklists include various levels of treatment needed, from basic to more extensive.

Basic First-Aid Kit – Packaged first-aid kits typically contain most or all of the items below. The kits can be personalized with supplemental items to meet each person’s needs.

  • Bandage strips in varying sizes
  • Antiseptic/antibacterial ointment
  • Antiseptic or rubbing alcohol wipes
  • Gauze pads in varying sizes
  • Waterproof medical tape
  • Fine point tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Blister treatment: Moleskin & blister gel
  • Pain medication like ibeprofen
  • Insect after-bite relief treatment

All-Inclusive First-Aid Kit – A larger, more extensive kit includes items for more serious illnesses and/or injuries. These, too, can be purchased as a pre-pack or individual items can be purchased to supplement a basic first aid kit.
Rolls of gauze

  • Gauze pads & hemostatic gauze pads
  • Ace type bandages
  • Hydrogel pads & liquid bandages
  • Pre-packaged slings (triangular cravat) or fabric for slings
  • Splints – finger and SAM
  • Oval eye pads

Medicine Chest – The items below won’t take up much space and shouldn’t be overlooked as additions to your basic first-aid kit.

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Aspirin
  • Antacid tablets
  • Throat lozenges
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Treatment and preventative ointment for poison ivy/ poison oak
  • Lubricating eye drops & a sterile saline solution
  • EpiPen to treat severe allergic reactions
  • Aloe vera gel for sun burn relief

Advanced Medical Kit – For backcountry trips longer than a few days, a more advanced medical kit should be prepared and brought on the trip.

  • Cotton tipped swabs and cotton balls
  • Hypothermia thermometer (reads low temperatures)
  • Standard thermometer
  • Small mirror and magnifying glass
  • Irrigation syringe with 18 gauge catheter
  • Latex-free medical gloves
  • Strong, steel needle and heavy duty thread
  • Medical waste bag
  • Duct tape
  • Metal whistle
  • Notepad and waterproof pencil/pen
  • Mylar emergency blanket

First-Aid Tool Kit – To supplement the advanced kit, you’ll need some medical tools to assist with the emergency.

  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Safety razor blades and/or a scalpel
  • Strong, blunt-tipped scissors
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Needle nosed pliers
  • Emergency tool (e.g. 4-in-1 for use as a hammer, pry-bar, etc.)




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  2. John Perkins February 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Fantastic ideas for a first aid kit!

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