First aid kit

This comprehensive checklist will help you create the best hiking first aid kit so that you can handle any medical situation on your upcoming adventures.

First aid basic care

Essential items

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Assorted bandages
  • Gauze pads in various sizes
  • Medical tape
  • Moleskin or another type of blister treatment
  • Ibuprofen (or another preferred pain-relief medication)
  • Insect sting treatment
  • Antihistamine for allergic reactions
  • Non-stick pads
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Multitool
  • First-aid cards that include instructions on how to use the items if you are not familiar

Medication and treatment

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Eye drops
  • Anti-diarrheal pills
  • Poison ivy / poison oak treatment
  • Insect sting treatment
  • Rehydration salts
  • Prescription medications (e.g., antibiotics)

Personal items

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products