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First aid kit checklist Apr 18, 2017

First-Aid Checklist


If you’re headed outdoors, you should always carry either a prepackaged first-aid kit or a DIY kit that you can create using our list as a guide. Knowing how to use the items in a first-aid kit is as important as having them, so consider taking a training course.

This list is intentionally extensive so you don’t forget anything. It also includes emergency essentials that you might carry separately from a kit.

First-Aid Basic Care

· Antiseptic wipes (BZK-based wipes preferred; alcohol-based OK)

· Antibacterial ointment (e.g., bacitracin)

· Compound tincture of benzoin (bandage adhesive)

· Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)

· Butterfly bandages / adhesive wound-closure strips

· Gauze pads (various sizes)

· Nonstick sterile pads

· Medical adhesive tape (10 yd. roll, min. 1" width)

· Blister treatment

· Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication

· Insect sting relief treatment

· Antihistamine to treat allergic reactions

· Splinter (fine-point) tweezers

· Safety pins

· First-aid manual or information cards

Wraps, Splints and Wound Coverings

· Elastic wrap

· Triangular cravat bandage

· Finger splint(s)

· SAM splint(s)

· Rolled gauze

· Rolled, stretch-to-conform bandages

· Hydrogel-based pads

· First-aid cleansing pads with topical anesthetic

· Hemostatic (blood-stopping) gauze

· Liquid bandage

· Oval eye pads


· Hand sanitizer (BKZ- or alcohol-based)

· Aloe vera gel (sun exposure relief)

· Aspirin (primarily for response to a heart attack)

· Antacid tablets

· Throat lozenges

· Lubricating eye drops

· Loperamide tablets (for diarrhea symptoms)

· Poison ivy / poison oak treatment

· Insect sting relief treatment

· Glucose or other sugar to treat hypoglycemia

· Oral rehydration salts

· Antifungal foot powder

· Prescription medications (e.g., antibiotics)

· Injectable epinephrine to treat allergic reactions

Tools and Supplies

· Knife (or multi-tool with knife)

· Paramedic shears (blunt-tip scissors)

· Safety razor blade (or scalpel w/ #15 or #12 blade)

· Cotton-tipped swabs

· Standard oral thermometer

· Low-reading (hypothermia) thermometer

· Irrigation syringe with 18-gauge catheter

· Magnifying glass

· Small mirror

· Medical / surgical gloves (nitrile preferred; avoid latex)

· CPR mask

· Steel sewing needle with heavy-duty thread

· Needle-nose pliers with wire cutter

· Duct tape (small roll)

· Small notepad with waterproof pencil or pen

· Medical waste bag (plus box for sharp items)

· Waterproof container to hold supplies and meds

· Emergency heat-reflecting blanket

· Headlamp (preferred) or flashlight

· Whistle (pealess preferred)

· Personal locator beacon

· Satellite messenger

Personal Care, Other Items

· Sunscreen

· Lip balm

· Insect repellent (plus headnet, if needed)

· Hand sanitizer

· Biodegradable soap

· Water-treatment chemicals

· Collapsible water sink or basin