What is your first aid kit going to be used for? Whether the first aid kit is for travel, hiking, overseas travel, or just for the medical supplies at home, it is best to pack items that are going to be needed for specific functions.
You can design a first aid kit for different situations. The bottom line is to decide which medical problems you will most likely be facing in the situation you are concerned about.
The kits may be packed in such a way that you will find the exact item you need for a particular injury easily and quickly. Here are some examples.
Hiking First Aid Kit
- Should be lightweight pack to carry
- Bandaids for blisters, and be able to treat sprain and strains.
- Compact first aid manual
- Pressure immobilisation bandages
- Compression bandages
- Snake Bite Bandage
- Regular roller bandages
- Triangular bandage for breaks
- Gauze or cotton pads for wounds
- Assorted bandaids for blisters and cuts
- Moleskin and/or blister kit
- Trekkers Wool (for hotspot and blister prevention)
- Ointment for insect bites
- Antiseptic cream
- Saline solution
- Soluble pain relievers
- Electrolyte replacement
- Insect repellent
- Salt, for leeches
- Matches and Flint
- Personal medication, with instructions
- Tweezers and splinter needles
- Small scissors or nail clippers
- Notepad and pencil
- I highly recommend that you always carry a personal survival kit.
Disaster First Aid Kit (tornado, flood, cyclone, fire)
- If this is the case, you can concentrate on supplies of trauma,
- blood clotting agent
- probably malleable splints such as these
- mobile stretchers, Israeli dressings and
- other things that can help you care for the wounded at the other end of the spectra.
Survival Group or Mission Work
In a third world nation and or living off the grid, First Aid Supplies need to include
- protective mask and gloves for disease control
- anti-diarrheal medicines for injuries and
- aseptic, water,
- antibiotics, and even
- SWAT tourniquet
- blood clotting agent
- dental supplies become more important.
You can never get enough information for those with little or no medical training in these environments.
Taking a course and training on how to use the first aid products is always beneficial.
It’s best to include intuitive products like the compact SWAT tourniquet, simple to use, and the instructions are actually on the product.
This can be used for pressure dressing or even to protect the splints.
In summary, it is important to decide which medical problems you will most likely be facing in the situation you are concerned about.