Wilderness survival first aid kit
Your survival first aid kit should match your trip plan. Choose among pre-assembled emergency first aid kits or build your own kit. Long stays in the remote wilderness, or more extreme forms of activities, require of course more extensive kits and more first aid knowledge.
Factors to consider to get your first aid kit together:
- the number of people participating
- where are you going for your wilderness trip
- how long will you be away on your trip
- how far are you from medical assistance
- what are you going to do?
Every wilderness first aid kit should include:
- Basic bandages for:
blisters; thin blister pads or moleskin
sprains; assorted elastic bandage, athletic tape
wound; sterile bandage, band-aid, tape
- Basic medications:
painkiller, antiseptic, anti-diarrhea and any prescription. All medications and many medical supplies have a limited useful life. Keep track of expiration dates and replace as required.
- Basic first-aid tools:
tweezers (very useful to remove small thorns, splinters or ticks) and a razor blade, scissors or a small knife. However, don't duplicate tools if you already have a knife, you don't need another cutting tool in your first aid kit. Some folding
knives also include a pair of tiny tweezers.
Additional items depend on your specific needs.
Check your survival first aid kit
Make sure you know what your kit contains and how to use the materials for effective first aid. A good idea is to add an easy-to-read basic first aid instruction book.
When no professional medical help is available it's essential you have some basic principles of first aid
and know how to apply them, even under stress.