When you’re on the go, especially on the hiking trail, a first aid kit is a necessity. However, you don’t always have the most space to pack a large, comprehensive kit. When you need to grab the essentials, the goal is to think ahead, but keep it simple. Follow this guide to learn how to pack a small first aid kit before your next outing.
Pack What You Need – Nothing More
When you think of the things you’ll need to keep your family safe, it can depend on where you’re going for the day. For example, if you’re running errands with your toddler, you wouldn’t need to pack the same things you would need to on the mountain. If you’re avid hikers, we suggest packing two different first aid kits for easy, on-the-go access to injury care.
The first step is finding a container or bag to hold all of your supplies. This should be something compact and closes securely. You also want it to be durable to protect the contents inside. Never use a Ziploc bag or a bag with drawstring ties because they are not secure enough to hold your supplies. The container should also be small enough to fit in a backpack.
Grab the Essentials
There are a few things you might need on the hiking trail if an accident occurs. Here are the essential items that you should consider:
- Waterproof bandages (for smaller wounds or scrapes)
- Medical tape (lightweight and adaptable)
- Antiseptic (effectively cleans bacteria out of wounds until you can wash it properly)
- Dressing or gauze (adaptable for large wounds or scrapes)
- Children’s Ibuprofen (minor pain relief for children)
- Antihistamine (you never know when allergies are going to strike)
There could be other things your family needs to bring with them on the mountain or on your next camping trip. Talk with your spouse to determine what else you may need. Depending on environment or season, you could leave certain things out and replace with something else.
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