Creating an Offroad First Aid Kit
We all buy insurance and whether it’s for home, health or auto it’s one of those things we all hope to never use but must have. Owning a first aid kit can be considered “insurance” for your offroad vehicle. If something were to go wrong out on the trail, it’s extremely beneficial to be prepared and potentially save a life. Considering adding on these items to your first aid kit to keep in your 4×4 at all times.
Before you start adding on items to your first aid kit, considering buying a waterproof bag to hold your tools, bandages and other first aid items. Look for a bag that is easy to open, easy to access and will hold all of your medical supplies and tools.
Once you’ve selected a suitable bag, considering adding in these important first aid items:
• Sterile gauze and bandages
• Latex gloves
• Rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer
• First aid cream
• Providone iodine ointment (to prevent infection) • Benadryl and Aspirin
• Duct tape or strong medical tape
• Woundseal powder (or similar to stop bleeding)
• Small knife or scalpel
• Plastic cable ties or zip ties
• New, soft toothbrush
• Digital thermometer
• Blood pressure cuff
• Tincture or benzoin
• Stich dressing kit
In addition to these first aid items, consider adding these resources to your arsenal:
• Field guide of wilderness and rescue medicine
• GPS and radio
• Flares • Spot light
• Area map
For more information, many offroad shops will carry first aid kits or can suggest what you should purchase to have a complete first aid kit.