Being prepared for injuries and illnesses is crucial to staying safe on any outdoor excursion. From minor cuts and scrapes to burns and stings, keeping a first aid kit on hand is the first step to protecting you and your companions. First aid kits range from small packs of bandages and ointment to comprehensive medical kits suitable for the treatment of more serious wounds or ailments.
From wild adventures to calm nature hikes, DICK’S has the perfect kit to stash in your pack.
Top brands like Field & Stream, Lifeline, and Adventure Medical Kit offer first aid kits in a variety of sizes with a variety of purposes. The more traditional medical kits typically provide a range of shapes and sizes of bandages, antiseptic and antibiotic ointments, and pain relievers such as aspirin or acetaminophen.
Specialized first aid kits, such as the Blister Care Kit or Trauma Clot Kit from Field & Stream, contain specific care items like trauma gauze, triangular bandages, or moleskin to treat these different types of injuries. Bite and sting kits are assembled with items to relieve pain, disinfect, and suction venom.
Being aware of any and all risks associated with your chosen activity can help ensure you make an informed decision about your first aid kit. If you anticipate traversing rocky or difficult terrain, a heavy duty, comprehensive medical kit may be required, while recreational activities that demand less effort could be covered by a more basic option.
If your planned trip falls somewhere in the middle of these two extremes and you are unsure of what you may need to look for, below are several types of supplies found in first aid kits and their common uses: