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 a good starting point. It also includes emergency essentials that you might carry separately from a kit. You’ll also need to include any prescription medications your group needs, as well as additional supplies you might need for where you’re going and how long you will be out.

First-Aid Basic Care


          • Antiseptic wipes (BZK-based wipes preferred; alcohol-based OK)
          • Antibacterial ointment
          • 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 / anti-itch 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 anaesthetic
          • Hemostatic (blood-stopping) gauze
          • Liquid bandage

Additional Medications/Treatments


          • Prescription medications (e.g., antibiotics)
          • Sunburn relief gel or spray
          • Throat lozenges
          • Lubricating eye drops
          • Diarrhoea medication
          • Antacid tablets
          • Oral rehydration salts
          • Glucose or other sugar (to treat hypoglycemia)
          • Injectable epinephrine (for severe allergic reactions)
          • Aspirin (primarily for response to a heart attack)

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
          • Irrigation syringe with 18-gauge catheter
          • Medical / surgical gloves (nitrile preferred; avoid latex)
          • CPR mask
          • 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
          • Hand sanitiser
          • Biodegradable soap

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