Make a Basic First Aid Kit

Carrying a basic first aid kit when engaging in outdoor adventures is important.  Learning how to effectively use each item in your first aid kit is key.

Uses for Basic First Aid Kit: Hiking, Biking, Paddling, Camping, Car Travel and College Students.

2×2 Gauze Pads & 4×4 Gauze Pads: Sterile gauze pads are a must-have for every first-aid kit due to their incredible absorption capabilities, plus they are chemical free. Generally used for minor scrapes, cuts and burns, sterile gauze pads are good for allowing just enough room for the wound to breathe without leaving too much space for air exposure – which can prompt wound infection.

Assorted Bandaids: Adhesive bandages are probably the most used component of most first aid kit. Use these small bandages to cover small lacerations and abrasions.  Be sure to change adhesive bandages at least once a day, and always clean the wound before you apply an adhesive bandage.

Triple Antibiotic Cream: Whether it’s a gash caused by shattered glass or a simple paper cut, antibiotic ointment is an ideal addition to your first aid kit. Air exposure is always an issue for fresh scrapes, and applying a thin layer of antibiotic ointment in addition to covering with a dressing will vastly reduce the chances of wound infection occurring.

Rubber Gloves: Exam gloves provide clean fingers for the victim’s benefit and provide a barrier for the rescuer’s benefit.

Tampon: Tactical Adventure Medical Preparedness Outdoors Necessity (T.A.M.P.O.N.).  An sterile, ultra-absorbent item that can be used as an improvised wound dressing or to stop a nose bleed.

Self-Adhesive Bandage Roll: Sometimes simply covering a wound with a bandage just won’t do the trick. Adhesive tape is important because it can help wound dressings remain securely fit surrounding the injury. Adhesive tape is also essential for helping apply the necessary pressure a covering needs to collect excess fluid from the wound.

Alcohol Swabs:  Used to clean the infected or wounded area before antibiotic ointment or bandages are placed on the area. Alcohol swabs may also be used in conjunction with anesthetic swabs and can be used to sterilize tweezers if needed.

Adhesive Remover Pads:  Used to clean and remove the sticky residue left from a bandaid or adhesive bandage.