Wilderness Emergency Kit

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Backcountry BackpackingPacking a complete first aid kit is essential when preparing for a safe wilderness adventure. Small items like a condom, that can hold up to a gallon of water, can be life savers in extreme situations. Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially in the back country, which is why is so important to plan for the unexpected. The following is a thorough list of items that you can reference when packing your wilderness emergency kit:

  • Ibuprofen and aspirin: to relief pain (sore muscles, headaches, injuries, etcetera)
  • Disinfecting wipes: to clean and disinfect wounds and for personal hygiene.
  • Gauze: to wrap and protect  wounds.
  • Bandaids: for small cuts or minor injuries.
  • Neosporin or antiseptic burn spray: for quick healing, to relieve pain and disinfect minor burns, cuts, scrapes, and insect bites.
  • Bandana: to stop bleeding in case of a deep injury.
  • Safety pins: for temporary fix or fastening bandages.
  • Tweezers: to remove splinters.
  • Moleskin: to prevent blisters.
  • Duct tape: for everything.
  • Baseline: to prevent chafing and keep lips moist (you can also carry lip balm).
  • A few cotton balls: a baseline covered cotton ball is highly flammable and it can be used to start a fire.
  • A non-lubricated condom: condoms can hold up to one gallon of water (for extreme situations).
  • Powder Gatorade or electrolyte tablets: to help you rehydrate.
  • Anti-diarrhea pills: you can get diarrhea from drinking contaminated water.
  • Surveyor tape: you can use it to mark your trail if you get lost.
  • Emergency safe blanket (2 Oz): to prevent hypothermia in extreme situations.
  • Whistle: works as a signaling device or to scare wild animals away.
  • Portable aqua chlorine tablets: these can quickly remove dangerous bacteria from a natural water source.
  • Water proof matches and a lighter: to start a fire.
  • Hand sanitizer: to sanitize your hands before meals and after making # two.
  • Triangular bandage: to wrap injuries and to make an arm sling.
  • Trash bag 20-40 gallons: it could be used as shelter, to collect water, or as a poncho.
  • Medical tape: for wound dressings.
  • Sting relief pads: for bees or wasp stings.
  • Anti-allergy pills: for allergies or bee stings.
  • Ace bandage: to treat muscle sprains and strains.
  • Rope and pocket knife: multiple uses
  • Back up batteries: for headlamps and GPS units.
  • Pad repair kit: to patch a hole in your sleeping pad.
  • Compass w/ mirror: in case you get lost, to find your way and to signal for help.
  • Anti-nausea pills: to fight altitude sickness.
  • Tackle box: to pack your wilderness emergency kit.

Wilderness Emergency Kit

Now that you have your emergency kit packed you are ready for a safe wilderness adventure. Don’t forget that in most cases, good planning and the right gear will keep you safe and thriving.

Is better to be safe than sorry, always make sure that you or someone in your group brings along a Wilderness Emergency Kit!

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