Packing a well thought out wilderness first aid kit is no easy feat! While there are some really good ready made first aid kits out there, there are also some really poor ones hiding amongst them. We suggest either making your own from the list below or shopping for a kit made by Adventure Medical Kits. As a company Adventure Medical Kits has devoted time and resources to develop the best wilderness focused first aid kits on the market. So if you are looking to get a whole new kit we would recommend using one of their products as a base and then add to it.
If you already have a first aid kit or would like to build one entirely on your own we stock a variety of specialized products to provide the highest quality of care. Below you will find some downloadable wilderness first aid kit checklists for three different first aid kits:
The Ultralight is the lightest and smallest of all of our wilderness first aid kits. It should only be carried alone by experienced first aiders who are able to think critically and improvise to a large degree. I use it when on ultralight multi-day backpacking trips with experienced trip partners. If traveling in larger groups or with less experienced individuals this is not the kit for you, you will want to move on to the Standard.
The Standard first aid kit it perfect for most adventurers who are going out on day trips or multi-day trips with friends and family. I will also use it on over seas trips with a few extra additions. I like to keep the contents of my standard first aid kit in a Outdoor Research medium Backcountry Organizer, its an excellent pouch. If you are looking for a comparable kit that is ready made you should check out Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight and Water Tight 0.7 or 0.9, then you can just add a few extras.
The extreme first aid kit has been designed with guides and individuals going on extended expeditions in mind. It is suitable for larger groups and longer duration trips, it is also the kit that I keep in my car for car camping, road side assistance and availability of additional supplies once I have hiked out.
A Little Something Extra
When it comes to the medications in these kits it is important to have your drugs properly labeled with dosing information and expiry dates. To help you out with this we have created a template using Avery 06498 labels.
You can download the template here:
These wilderness first aid kit checklists can serve as helpful guides when stocking your kit and ensuring you have everything you might need. Have feedback? Think we’re missing a few things? Let us know!