Traveling away from home means that you will be out of your natural element which is home. When this happens, you won’t be able to find a lot of the comforts and items that are normally available to you. This is why always having a backpacking first is of utmost importance. You hope you will never need to use them, but the one time you’ll need to will probably save your life.
Always be prepared!
This isn’t just limited to backpacking, but even regular travel for vacation. The items in the first aid kit may vary based on what activity you’re embarking on and where you are going. But always having one makes a big difference should any accidents or unforeseen circumstances occur.
For first aid kits, you may use a checklist like the one we have below to individually put together all the items you need. This lets you customize the kit to what you and your family or group mates need.
Pre-Made First Aid Kits
There are also pre-made first aid kits available.These include items that have been handpicked for specific uses. Some will contain more general items, while others are more specific.
Getting a pre-made backpacking first aid kit lets you buy all the items together. This saves you the time to go through the different supplies one by one.
Here are some pre-packaged first aid kits you can buy:
- Medique 40061 First Aid Kit (61 piece)
- Adventure Medical Kits Day Tripper First Aid Kit
- Fully Stocked MOLLE Tactical Trauma Kit First Aid Pouch
Backpacking First Aid Kit Checklist
The first items to include are medication. It is very important for you to bring any current medications you may have or are being prescribed. These include diabetes pills, blood pressure medication or other things that you regularly take. Always bring extra in case the trip extends longer than planned.
- Any Regular Medication You Take (bring extra)
- Diarrhea Medication
- Pain Killers
Treating Scrapes, Cuts and Minor Injuries
Being outdoors you will be open to getting light scrapes or cuts. You will want to be prepared in case anything like this happens. The list before consists of supplies that will help you treat and dress wounds to keep them from getting infected.
- Band aids
- Adhesive Tape
- Anti-Bacterial Ointment
- Gauze Pads
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Latex Gloves
- Cotton Swabs
- Safety Pins
- Nail Clippers
Other Useful Supplies
- Warm Blanket
- Burn Cream
- Sunburn Lotion
- Hot/Cold Pack
- Basic Sewing Kit
- Road Flares
- Personal Information and Contacts
Tips for Your First Aid Kit
- Regularly check on the contents of your kit. There will be some items that will need replenishing as they can be used up over time. Also, update all the medication, creams and lotions to check whether they have expired or not. Some of these supplies will have expiry dates so it is essential to give them a look over to see if that is the case. If so, replace them promptly and don’t wait since you may forget to do so before your next trip out.
- Before heading out into the trail or backcountry, check all the items in your first aid kit. See which items are there and what you may need to add for yourself. Each person has their own individual needs and you may have some things that you may want to bring along extra.
- Just as important as checking all the items in the kit, is learning how each of them is used. Learn each of the items and how and when they are used.
- One last thing to learn are two of the simplest but most important first aid techniques around. Theses are CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. Learn how to use this and also learn the signs of distress that people show when these are needed, so you know when to apply these life saving techniques.
- Always remember to bring your cell phone and a solar powered charger if you will be traveling on a trail or area where there is reception. Also inform at least one person of your trip and itinerary.
The first aid kit is one of the most essential pieces of equipment to have in your backpacking checklist.