COMPREHENSIVE FIRST AID (DIY) KIT

10 Feb 2015 2:49 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

First-Aid Checklist

Be prepared! Outdoor enthusiasts should always carry either a prepackaged first-aid kit or a DIY kit created using our comprehensive list as a guide.

Basic Care: Prepackaged first-aid kits available at REI typically contain many of the following items:

   Antiseptic wipes (BZK-based wipes preferred; alcohol-based OK)

   Antibacterial ointment (e.g., bacitracin)

   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 (e.g., Moleskin, 2nd Skin, Glacier Gel)

   Ibuprofen/other pain-relief medication

   Insect-sting relief treatment (e.g., AfterBite)

   Antihistamine to treat allergic reactions

   Splinter (fine-point) tweezers

   Safety pins

   First-aid manual or information cards

Comprehensive Care: Carry all of the basic items listed above; add items below based on anticipated needs.

Note: The list below is intentionally extensive; rarely will a single kit include every item shown here.

Wound Coverings

   Rolled gauze

   Rolled, stretch-to-conform bandages

   Elastic wrap

   Hydrogel-based pads

   First-aid cleansing pads with topical anesthetic

   Hemostatic (blood-stopping) gauze

   Liquid bandages

   Oval eye pads

Medications/Treatments

   Hand sanitizer (BKZ- or alcohol-based)

   Aloe vera gel (sun exposure relief)

   Aspirin (primarily for response to a heart attack)

   Antacid tablets

   Throat lozenges

   Lubricating eye drops

   Loperamide tablets (for diarrhea symptoms)

   Poison ivy/poison oak preventative

   Poison ivy/poison oak treatment

   Glucose or other sugar to treat hypoglycemia

   Oral rehydration salts (e.g., CeraLyte)

   Antifungal foot powder

   Prescription medications (e.g., antibiotics)

   Injectable epinephrine to treat allergic reactions (e.g., EpiPen, Twinject)

Tools and Supplies

   Knife (or multi-tool with knife)

   Paramedic shears (blunt-tip scissors)

   Safety razor blade (or scalpel w/#15 or #12 blade)

   Finger splint(s)

   SAM splint(s)

   Cotton-tipped swabs

   Standard oral thermometer

   Low-reading (hypothermia) thermometer

   Irrigation syringe with 18-gauge catheter

   Magnifying glass

   Small mirror

   Medical/surgical gloves (nitrile preferred; avoid latex)

   Triangular cravat bandage

   Steel sewing needle with heavy-duty thread

   Needle-nose pliers with wire cutter

   Headlamp(preferred) or flashlight

   Whistle(pealess preferred)

   Duct tape (small roll)

   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

Personal Care, Other Items

   Sunscreen

   Lip balm

   Insect repellent(plus headnet, if needed)

   Biodegradable soap


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