Two Red Canoes

Camping and canoeing resources.

First-Aid Kit

When participating in a wilderness camping trip, whether for 1 day or weeks at a time, it is important to have a good first-aid kit with you. I personally maintain two first-aid kits: a "personal" first-aid kit and a "group" first-aid kit. I bring both on a canoe trip or hiking trip if I am the trip organizer but might only bring my personal kit if another member of the tripping party has been assigned the group first-aid kit.

A "group" sized first-aid kit is ideally waterproof, large enough to hold the contents and easily identifiable as a first-aid kit. A couple of options are:

The following items make up my first-aid kits. The exact contents vary from time to time as items are used and then restored. The length of your trip and the number of participants will also be a factor when deciding what contents and quantities you bring. Special medical needs (allergies or asthma for example) of you or others in your party should also be considered.

Important: These lists are to provide you with ideas only - I do not purport to be an expert. Do additional research and consult experts when building your own first-aid kit. In addition to having first-aid items you must know how to use them properly - a course on first-aid, especially a wilderness first-aid course for back-country trippers, is invaluable. Always follow the directions and advice of a physician when taking medications.

Group First-Aid Kit

Personal First-Aid Kit

I have also printed up a small "cheat sheet" that I laminated for inclusion in my first-aid kit. On the sheet I have put the following information as a reminder.
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride)
- for relief of hay fever symptoms and allergic reactions
- one or two 25 mg caplets 3 or 4 times daily (less for children)
Loperamide Hydrochloride
- for relief of diarrhea
- two 2 mg caplets initially followed by 1 caplet after each loose bowel movement
- maximum of 8 caplets per day
Gravol (Dimenhydinate)
- for prevention of motion sickness
- take 1 or 2 (50 or 75 mg) tablets 1/2 to one hour before required
- anti-inflammatory/pain reliever/fever reducer
- take 1 or 2 (200 mg) tablets every 4 to 6 hours. Do not exceed 6 tablets in a 24 hr period.