These Are The Items You Should Always Have In Your First Aid Kit

It could save your life in an emergency.

Kirsten Curtis |

Summer is upon us. For some it means lounging on the beach, enjoying city views from rooftop bars or swimming at your local pool. But for those with adventure in their bloodstream, the outdoors are calling.

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It’s the season we dust off our hiking boots and revel in the natural beauty around us. Familiar and unfamiliar trails are waiting to be explored. While you’re packing in your food and clothing, there’s one important item you shouldn’t leave the house without: a first aid kit.

Do I Really Need A First Aid Kit?

It’s always best to be prepared for the worst. You might think nothing will happen to you or your hiking mates, but it’s best not to leave things to chance. You might think ‘oh, we’ll wing it’ – but when John trips and falls over, knocking his head against a rock (God forbid), its best to know what you have on hand so you can deal with his wound as soon as possible.

Being prepared with a first aid kit means you’re less likely to panic. You’ll be able to deal with any emergency calmly and quickly.

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What Should I Put In My First Aid Kit?

While you probably know to carry plasters and some gauze, there are some items that may slip your mind. You can buy a ready-made first aid kit, but for those of you who are more the DIY type, we’ve developed this comprehensive list of items that you should always carry. They’ll help whether you’ve been bitten by an insect or just sunburnt from the yesterday’s walk.

  • Assorted Plasters (for small cuts)
  • Sterile Gauze Dressing
  • 2 Sterile Eye Dressing or Eye Patches (in case your eye becomes infected and needs protection from outside elements)
  • Eye Wash and Eye Bath
  • Triangular Bandages
  • Crepe Rolled Bandages
  • Disposable Sterile Gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes (to ensure you’re able to sterilise wounds and cuts before dressing them)

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  • Adhesive Tape (to close the bandages)
  • Thermometer
  • Skin Rash Cream (in case you develop an allergic reaction to the outdoors)
  • Antihistamine Cream or Spray (to relieve insect bites)
  • Antihistamine Tablets (all the dust might just send your allergies flaring)
  • Nausea Pills (Adco Cyclizine works great)
  • Pain Tablets (make sure to include aspirin, they’ve been shown to slow down symptoms of a heart attack)
  • Distilled Water (for cleaning wounds)
  • Sunburn Treatment (yes, you know when to apply sunscreen, but when you’re out all day having fun, you might forget to reapply regularly)
  • Insect Repellant (forget this and say goodbye to uninterrupted sleep)
  • Anti-Diarrhoea Medication (let’s be honest, the outdoors is the worst place to have an uncontrollable stomach)
  • Rehydration Sachets (Walking long hours is tiring, these help you get your energy back)
  • Cotton Wool Swabs
  • Safety Pins
  • Finger Splints (in case you hit your finger, instead of your tent peg)
  • Petroleum Jelly

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