How to Build a First Aid Kit

First Aid Kits. It’s the one thing you probably don’t have in your pack, yet when the times comes, you will be cursing yourself for not having it. In fact, I think I’ve hiked for YEARS without a first aid kit. Luckily I haven’t found myself in a situation that has called for one, but I know I should be better prepared.

first aid case on wall

If you feel the same way, then come on, let’s build our packs together. And if you already have your first aid kit and you are good to go, then I definitely applaud you!

For my first aid kits, I’m going to actually build them themselves.

Now, I know that you can go purchase an already pre-made first aid kit. And yes, it would be overpriced but WAY simpler than building my own. But, that’s not necessarily the smart thing to do.

Here’s why:

You’re going to buy that first aid kit and throw it in your pack without knowing what’s actually in it. You likely will not need most of the items in the pre-made pack. But, if your build your own, then you can customize it to fit your needs and will remember what you have in it.

For example, my eyes get itchy and red when my allergies are acting up. So, I’m going to bring my allergy eye drops, instead of allergy pills. Because that’s what I prefer. So, when building your kit use the items you prefer and know will work for you.

person putting bandages on another person s knee

Suggestions for your first aid kit:

  • Band aids
  • Moleskins (for blisters)
  • Ace bandage (see Rolling an Ankle)
  • Tweezers (good for removing cactus needles)
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Pain Medication (ex. Aleeve)
  • Headache Medication (Advil)
  • Safety pins
  • Antibiotic ointment

There may be more or less that you want other than what I suggested. My advice is to think deeply about out and what it is you feel cold be useful for you.

For the first aid pouch, it’s useful to google “first aid empty pouch” and you’ll likely see results of different type of pouches and where to buy them.

For those of you who have a first aid kit or are about to build one, what items do you feel would be most beneficial?

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