First Aid kit

Posted: February 17, 2012 in In My Backpack, TRAVEL
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This is copied/pasted from rei’s website, but I couldn’t pin-it on pinterest, so I’m copying the list here šŸ˜›

(lazy award goes to me!)

First Aid Checklist
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Basic care: Prepackaged first-aid kits available at REI typically contain many of the following items:

*Antiseptic wipes (BZK-based wipes preferred; alcohol-based OK)
*Antibacterial ointment (e.g., bacitracin)
*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 (e.g., Moleskin, 2nd Skin, Glacier Gel)
*Ibuprofen/other pain-relief medication
*Insect-sting relief treatment (e.g., AfterBite)
*Antihistamine to treat allergic reactions
*Splinter (fine-point) tweezers
*Safety pins (LOTS! can be used for repairs and other stuff)
*Comprehensive first-aid manual or information cards
*Comprehensive care: Carry all of the basic items listed above; add items below based on anticipated needs.

Note: The list below is intentionally extensive; rarely will a single kit include every item shown here.

*Wound coverings
*Rolled gauze
*Rolled, stretch-to-conform bandages
*Elastic wrap
*Hydrogel-based pads
*First-aid cleansing pads with topical anesthetic
*Hemostatic (blood-stopping) gauze
*Liquid bandages
*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 preventative
*Poison ivy/poison oak treatment
*Glucose or other sugar to treat hypoglycemia
*Oral rehydration salts (e.g., CeraLyte)
*Antifungal foot powder
*Prescription medications (e.g., antibiotics)
*Injectable epinephrine to treat allergic reactions (e.g., EpiPen, Twinject)

*Knife (or multi-tool with knife) (this is hard to get through TSA…)
*Paramedic shears (blunt-tip scissors)
*Safety razor blade (or scalpel w/#15 or #12 blade) (again..hard to get through TSA)
*Finger splint(s)
*SAM splint(s)
*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)
*Triangular cravat bandage
*Steel sewing needle with heavy-duty thread (a basic sewing kit would be helpful)
*Needle-nose pliers with wire cutter
*Headlamp (preferred) or flashlight
*Whistle (pealess preferred)
*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 (lots of zip-lock baggies)
*Emergency heat-reflecting blanket
Personal care, other items

*Lip balm
*Insect repellent (plus headnet, if needed)
*Biodegradable soap
*Water-disinfection system
*Collapsible water sink or basin


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