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Whether you’re out in the middle of nowhere or you’re out for a quick day hike, a good first aid kit is important to have.  Here are some of the basic items you need to build your own first aid kit.


Dressings and Bandages

  • Band-Aids of various shapes and sizes
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Gauze roll
  • Eye shield
  • Medical adhesive tape
  • Elastic bandages (Ace bandage) 3”-4” wide
  • Triangle badges – for wrapping injuries or making arm slings
  • Sterile cotton balls and/or cotton swabs



  • Latex gloves
  • Instant cold packs
  • Safety pins
  • Irrigation syringe
  • Finger splint
  • SAM Splint
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Medical Shears
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Breathing barrier for CPR
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Emergency blanket
  • First Aid Manual
  • Emergency numbers
  • Steel sewing needle with heavy duty thread



  • Antiseptic solution or wipes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Saline solution
  • Calamine lotion
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Pain & Fever reducer such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin
  • Antihistamine such as Benadryl
  • Decongestants
  • Anti-Diarrhea
  • Antacid
  • Laxatives


You never know when a First-Aid Kit will be needed, always try to be prepared for the worst case scenario