First Aid Kits

A good wilderness first aid kit is "mission specific" - Its designed for the specific trip and risks you'll likely encounter.  So the place to start is with some thought of the type of outing you'll be on, you own level of first aid training and the hazards you'll encounter. Among mountaineers there is a culture that expects each climber to carry a first aid kit sufficient to aid that climber (i.e., if you get hurt I'm digging into your pack for a first aid kit first.)  Another guiding principle is improvisation. Why carry a sling when you can safety-pin a sleeve to the shirt to support an injured arm.  

The Basic Mountaineering First Aid Kit: The kit should be well marked and easily found in your pack should someone need to assist you.  It should also include some identification and emergency contact information for you and any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking. 
  1. Wound Care (Bandaids, Gauze, Tincture of Benzoin, Antibiotic ointment, Tape, Nitrile Gloves);
  2. Blister Care (Moleskin or tape);
  3. Sprains/strains (Bandana, tape, Ace Bandage, safety pins) 
  4. Pain Relievers.
  5. Personal Meds (If allergic to bees, bring an injectable epinephrine kit. If asthmatic, bring your inhaler. If diabetic, bring sugar. Tell the leader if you have these or other medical problems. Do not bring drugs that will make you drowsy or dizzy.
  6. Documentation - a patient form of some type and/or a small pad of waterproof paper.  I also like golf pencils as part of the kit as pens leak and smear and the waterproof pens are expensive.
Traditional Mountaineering First Aid Kit List