For many people, their first aid kit is a contained set of necessary items that they regularly take with them. These items may be basic first aid and prevention methods such as rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. They may also contain specialized medical care like an EMT or an ambulance worker’s kit. But what most people fail to realize is that there is much more to a first aid kit than just the standard first aid and burn removal tools and medications.
Include All The Items That You Have On Hand
In order to keep your first aid kit essential, you should include all the items that you have on hand and use on a regular basis. By “essential,” I mean those things that you have on hand and can’t live without or don’t necessarily require you to purchase more of in order to use them. When it comes down to it, first aid kits are really just stocked with the basics and not much else.
One of the first aid kit essentials is bandages and gauze. If you use your hands, it is likely that you will get a cut, scrape or other sort of skin trauma on your hands. As someone who uses sterilized latex gloves on a regular basis, I know that a bad scrape on your hand can be extremely painful. So it is important to always have some bandages available. If the area is swollen or tender, you can also moisten some gauze with water and place it over the injured area until it has dried.
Band-aids And Gauze Pads
Another first aid kit essential is band-aids and gauze pads. If you have to treat a burn on your skin, bandages are absolutely necessary. You can also use gauze pads for scrapes, bruises and minor cuts. The reason for these bandages and gauze pads is that you need something to apply pressure to stop the bleeding and keep the area elevated above the heart. Having bandages or gauze available will make applying pressure easier.
Some people often forget about the importance of an antibiotic ointment in their first aid kit. It is important to have this antibiotic ointment at all times. A burn or scrape that is contaminated with bacteria can become infected very quickly if you do not have an antibiotic ointment handy. So, while you are waiting for medical attention, you can use this antibiotic ointment to prevent the infection from spreading. The antibiotic ointment will also help to reduce the swelling and the pain associated with burns and scrapes.
Sometimes you may want to treat an eye injury such as corneal abrasions or eye surgery. An extreme case would be having to remove the retina after a traumatic eye injury. Your first aid kit should include an anti-septic eye gel. In order to heal the wound properly, you need to apply some pressure to it. Having bandages or gauze on hand will make applying pressure easier.
You may also find it necessary to bring analgesics or pain relievers with you on your adventure medical kits. This is especially true if the pain relievers have been prescribed by a doctor. You might also find that you need to bring an extra pair of band-aids because one pair will usually get wet and probably get covered in sweat.
Finally, you may need additional items such as anti-bacterial wipes and warm compresses. You will want to bring at least one blister medicine and an antibiotic ointment in your first aid kit. Your anti-bacterial wipes will be useful to eliminate the smell that comes along with burning wounds. Warming a compress will help relieve the pain of bandages and gauze pads. And, if you carry other medical supplies with you, then you might find that you are limited on certain items. But, a little planning up front can make your trip to the wilderness a much more pleasant experience.