First Aid Kit – Must Haves for Hiking

first aid kitHiking is one of the best ways to explore the great outdoors, whether you’re a serious trekker or just enjoy a short hike with the kids, it’s always best to be prepared so that if something unexpected happens, you’re ready for any emergency.

First aid kits come with typical items such as Band-Aids, antiseptic, and bandages, but you will usually want more for your kit.

Camping supply places are a great place to pick up a ready made kit or if you want to put your own kit together here is a list of some of the basics:

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Forceps
  • Splints
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Gauze
  • Antiseptic
  • Bandages
  • Exam Gloves
  • Hot/Cold Packs
  • Dry Wash Pads/Wipes
  • Syringe
  • Antibiotic ( Dicloxacillin)
  • Antihistamine ( Benadryl )
  • Anti-Inflammatory ( Ibuprofen )
  • Alcohol Swabs
  • Antiseptic Ointment
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Portable Water Container
  • Matches & Lighter
  • Flashlight
  • Bleed Arrest Powder ( To Seal Wounds & Stop Bleeding )
  • Required Medications
  • GPS Tracking
  • Long lasting energy bars
  • Electrolyte powder
  • Mylar Emergency blanket
  • Sunscreen
  • Arnica

Depending on your medical conditions, if any, you should always bring medication for at least 3-4 days. If you get lost, you’ll have essential medications on hand, and for those with heart conditions or diabetes, this could actually save your life. Make sure you have a GPS tracking device, and tell your loved ones where you’re going and when you expect to return; these simple steps could make all the difference in the event that you do become lost.

Keep a list of supplies in the kit so you can cross them out as they get used up, making it easier to remember what you need to replace before the next outing

Whether you’re going on a one day hike or plan on spending a few days camping, it’s critical to bring a first aid kit; it’s a must for hikers and outdoors men alike!

Have we missed anything? What are your must-haves for your hikes?

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About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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10 Responses to First Aid Kit – Must Haves for Hiking

  1. Lau says:

    My dad was a hiking fan and used to made us carry a very similar kit as a kids, when we were going with him! Instead than energy bars, however, we always had meringues with us! They are sturdy but very light to carry, and – as basically they are pure sugar, they give you a quick energy boost! I must admit that they are still my fav choice when in the great outdoors. 🙂

  2. Yes! Totally agree that First-aid is a must. After we came across poisonous snakes on one of our weekend walks, we have learnt our lesson! We were lucky nothing happened but it was a case, if something did happen, we would’ve been in trouble.

  3. That is very sound advice. Does all that stuff fit in that little kit though or do you carry the rest in your backpack? I have to admit we hiked to a remote camping sight for a couple of years and I never took a first aid kit. It never even crossed my mind. I am ashamed to admit that but it is true. I carry one in the car. I will not go without again because I have already tempted fate for too long. Thanks for the practical saftey tip

  4. I consider myself a newbie to hiking so definitely learnt a lot from your post today!
    Thanks for sharing those practical advice and tips!!

  5. Great blog! To the above, I would add a triangular sling. I was glad to have one along when I slipped on some wet lichen last fall and broke my humerus up near my shoulder. That plus the ibuprofen on your list gave me a safe mile out and to the ER.

  6. ccanino2014 says:

    Both my husband and daughter are into Scouting and I enjoy hiking with them. We especially like to hike in the state parks in Wisconsin. Many Wisconsin state parks have hills and cool formations left over from the ice age when glaciers “roamed” Wisconsin. Instead of using over the counter items that contain chemicals, we use essential oils like lavender for scraps, cuts, bug bites, disinfecting, and allergies. The oils I use are compact and good for multiple purposes. Spring is finally coming to Wisconsin and I hope we will be out soon enjoying the trails. Happy hiking!

  7. pmteeth says:

    Every bit as important as a first aid kit is being trained in First Aid that is relevant to the activities you enjoy. Acquiring practical knowledge before it really matters is invaluable. The most comprehensive kit will be of little use unless you have the knowledge to use it, indeed the more knowledge you have the less kit you will need to carry. A first aid at work course will not be nearly as useful as one geared to being in the wilderness where professional help may be hours away.

    I would add add a few meters of gaffer/duct tape wrapped around an old cash card or your water bottle etc. It has many uses including first aid, especially when broken bones or torn ligaments are involved.

    All the best.

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