The Essential First Aid Kit Checklist

by Dennis Kim

Photo Credit: Oziel Gómez

Whether you’re embarking on your next big trip or going on a local hike, it’s best practice to have some form of first aid kit. You can find different types of kits that will suit your needs from sports first kits, outdoor first aid kits or general first aid products. At Pacific First Aid we have a wide selection to choose from, you can search through our online shop and choose which products work best for you. In this article, you’ll learn that it’s not about going overboard when it comes to your own personal day trip first aid kit. Balance is key and you don’t need to carry around a hefty bag.

When it comes to packing an essential first aid kit, it’s important to refine your products so it’s easily accessible and the tools are intentional. The best kits are simple and varied but most importantly, can be used with little to no training. Here are a few key essentials:

  • Bandages

Generally, plasters/bandages are a key item in any first aid bag. The most common form of minor injury is a cut or graze (especially if you’re hiking or performing some sort of sport). You can find bandages in many different sizes and they’re easy to restock should you use them all.

  • Surgical Tape

Tape is an essential emergency item you need to apply and secure a wound with gauze or a bandage. If you don’t have this item on hand, plaster can do the same job.

  • Small Scissors

Scissors come standard in most commercial first aid kits. They’re handy for trimming gauze and bandages to fit properly. They’re compact and easy to fit no matter the size of your bag. If you are traveling with scissors in your pack, make sure to check them separately as security will take them from you otherwise. Pacific First Aid offers a variety of instruments that work well for your personalized kit.

  • Antiseptic / Disinfectant Wipes

Often overlooked, wipes are an essential for any pack. They clean cuts and wounds and inhibit infection. Disinfectant wipes are also great for camping as they clean your hands and face before touching or cooking food. They’re easy to replace and don’t take up much space.

  • Pain Relief Medication

A bottle of Ibuprofen or Tylenol are excellent options for your first aid kit. They help reduce inflammation and if you’re ever in a situation where you or your friend needs fast pain relief, these will help. They’re easy to store in your pack and you can find them at any drugstore.

This list is just a few of the basics you can purchase for your own custom first aid kit. Pacific First Aid offers excellent selection first aid supplies and courses find them here on our site. The best way to determine what tools you need is dependent on your activities. No matter your hobby, it doesn’t hurt to have a few first aid essentials.