Wilderness First Aid Kit Packing List
By Danny Peled - Wilderness Medical Associates Instructor, Boreal River Director, Wilderness-EMT
My first aid kit changes all the time.
If I’m on a hike with friends it fits into a small zip-lock bag. If I’m teaching a river rescue course and moving around by kayak my kit is usually in a 10L drybag (not including another ‘hypo-wrap’ drybag with a tarp and insulation layers). Whereas on a remote, week-long rafting expedition with a group of 15 people, we carry a whole 30L mini barrel in one raft plus additional ‘first responder’ kits spread amongst the boats.
We’ve provided you with a generic content list to use as a reference. It isn’t necessarily comprehensive or appropriate for your purposes. So use your judgement and add and remove items based on:
- where you’re going,
- how long you’re going for,
- the environmental conditions,
- how many patients you might be treating,
- how you’ll be carrying the kit.
You should also look through each topic in your Wilderness First Aid / First Responder course text books. For each medical problem, consider which items or medications you wouldn’t want to do without versus what can be improvised. Over time, you’ll get more comfortable making adjustments.
Taking all of that into consideration, this document provides you with checklists—divided into content lists for different uses—that you can use as you create your own kits.