10 Must-Have Items to Pack in Your Outdoor First Aid Kit
We’re drawn to outdoor adventures for the fresh air, the sense of freedom, and the connection to nature. But when we take our workouts outside, we can be met with the elements, uneven footing, and a higher risk of injury. It’s always a good idea to carry a backpack first aid kit when you head out on the trail - here’s a starter list of 10 essentials that should be in your safety kit.
- Bandages - assorted wound bandages, gauze pads or rolls, and antibiotic cream
- Blister Care - moleskin, athletic tape, and alcohol wipes can stop blisters before they form (and remember our blister prevention tips!)
- Injury Care - elastic bandages, splint, a sling
- Basic Medications - ibuprofen, antidiarrheal tablets, electrolyte tablets, and allergy medication
- Latex Gloves
- Sun Protection - sunscreen, aloe packs, burn cream
- Scissors and Tweezers
- Overnight Items - an emergency blanket, matches, flashlight or headlamp, emergency food
- First Aid Manual
- Education - not a physical item, but an important one. Take a Wilderness First Aid class to bone up on your knowledge and get some practice working through common scenarios before you have to face them in the field.
While this list is great to get you started, it is not a complete list. Your first aid kit is yours to customize according to activity, training, and group size. Check your kit regularly and replace expired or used items before heading out on your next adventure. Make sure you know how to use everything in your kit before you head out on the trail so you can enjoy your trip without worry. Safe travels!