First Aid Kits for Campers & Backpackers (and Other Outdoor Adventurers)

You can put a first-aid kit together yourself if you like, but it’s easier to just buy one. And you’re only going to save yourself a few bucks (at best) by putting one together from scratch.

The [TK] First Aid Kit has everything you’re likely to need without including a bunch of unnecessary stuff. It’s also lightweight and comes in a nifty little bag.

If you want to put your own kit together, you’ll need the following (minimally):

  • Prescription medications
  • 2 to 4 doses over-the-counter pain medications
  • 2 to 4 doses over-the-counter antihistamines
  • 2 to 4 doses over-the-counter antacids
  • 2 to 4 doses over-the-counter antidiarrheal
  • 1 pair latex gloves
  • 1 roll adhesive tape
  • 4 packs of sterile gauze
  • 1 small bottle hydrogen peroxide or iodine
  • 1 small bottle alcohol or alcohol wipes
  • 1 small bottle antibacterial ointment
  • 1 small bottle burn ointment
  • 1 small bottle Aloe vera
  • 1 large piece of moleskin
  • 1 pair of small scissors
  • 1 pair of nail clippers
  • 1 pair tweezers
  • 1 small mirror
  • 1 pack assorted adhesive bandages
  • 1 emergency cold pack
  • 1 Ace bandage
  • 10 cotton swabs
  • First aid manual
  • Eye drops
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