Accidents happen, especially in the outdoors. A first aid kit can save a hunt or fishing expedition, or possibly a life. One of the most important elements of a medical kit is that you have it with you. A severe cut or burn may become more critical if your medical relief is back in the truck or in camp. You can’t always anticipate the types of maladies that come your way, yet forethought and preparation can make a huge difference. Here are four basic, portable kits that will easily stow in your boat or travel rig and not cramp your style on the trail. If you have a favorite first aid kit that you haven’t refreshed lately, now is a good time.
The Adventure First Aid .5 contains basic supplies to treat cuts, scrapes, insect bites, and blisters. With enough supplies to treat one person on a day outing, the .5 is ideal for families and scouts on hikes, on or below water, or on any outdoor adventure. The kit weighs 3 oz., and its compact size makes it easy to include on any outing. Antiseptic wipes and bandages take the sting out of everyday injuries. The kit’s compact size allows it to fit in purses, backpacks, and glove boxes. All contents are packed in a coated nylon bag with a waterproof inner plastic bag. The kit includes a survival whistle, bandages, medications, and items for wound care; www.adventuremedicalkits.com
The Sawyer Sportsman’s First Aid Kit is designed for hunting, packing, fishing, and camping trips, for use with wound cleaning, care, and wrapping. It includes medication, a first aid manual, a hunting and fishing field manual, and an accident report form; www.sawyer.com
General Purpose First Aid Kit: Used in most military vehicles, this kit comes in a military style water-tight box and holds an assortment of bandages, wraps, ointments, and more; www.survival-gear.com
Marine First Aid Kit Waterproof Adventure Medical 100: This waterproof kit has a Dri-Loc seal to keep contents dry. A perfect kit for the boater, fisher or hunter, items contained in this plastic box includes a guide to life-threating emergencies, a splinter tweezer, gauze dressings, bandage, tape, towelettes, and over-the-counter medicine; www.mfasco.com