The Best First Aid Kit for Hiking and the Outdoors

With most first aid kits, you should be able to treat and clean cuts and scrapes to prevent infection, to pad blisters (a big one for hikers) and treat minor burns, to wrap or splint sprains or extremity injuries so your patient can make it back out to a clinic or doctor’s office, and to treat cold symptoms, headaches, fevers, allergies, bug bites, nausea, and diarrhea. More extensive kits include tools for CPR (such as a breathing barrier, which is a plastic mask that the person giving CPR wears), trauma shears (to cut open clothing, say, if a patient is bleeding or severely injured and needs to be examined), larger bandages such as triangle bandages (for cradling splints or stabilizing clavicle or collarbone injuries until you can get the patient to a doctor), irrigation tools (for flushing dirt and debris out of wounds before dressing them), and pads to help stop bleeding.