Be Prepared–First Aid Kits

Before you head out on any Scouting adventure, make sure a first aid kit is in your pack. Whether you are going on a day hike or a week-long camping trip, the checklist below will ensure you are prepared.

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Compound tincture of benzoin (bandage adhesive)
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric)
  • Butterfly bandages / adhesive wound-closure strips
  • Gauze pads (various sizes)
  • Nonstick sterile pads
  • Medical adhesive tape
  • Blister treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication *
  • Antihistamine
  • Insect sting relief treatment
  • Tweezers (for splinters)
  • Safety pins
  • First-aid manual or information cards
  • Pealess whistle

A good kit

Consider the following when selecting a case for your first aid kit:.

  • Is your kit visible?
  • Are items easily accessible?
  • Will your items be weatherproof?
  • Does it need to float?
  • A first-aid-kit case can be:

– a tackle box

– a Nalgene bottle

– a zippered nylon bag

Some tips for your first aid kit

  • Place some reflective tape on the kit in the shape of a cross (+).
  • Clip a whistle to you first aid kit’s zipper. (Bonus: A whistle makes a good zipper pull).
  • Use smaller containers in your kit. This will help keep your kit organized.
  • Keep copies of Scouts Canada’s Incident Report Form in your first aid kit. Keep also a copy of this list for future

Tools to consider for your kit:

  • Paramedic shears (blunt-tip scissors)
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Standard oral thermometer
  • Magnifying glass
  • Medical / surgical gloves (nitrile preferred; avoid latex)
  • CPR mask
  • Duct tape (small roll)
  • Small waterproof notepad and pencil or pen
  • Medical waste bag (plus box for sharp items)

Some tips for your first aid kit

  • Place some reflective tape on the kit in the shape of a cross (+).
  • Clip a whistle to you first aid kit’s zipper. (Bonus: A whistle makes a good zipper pull).
  • Use smaller containers in your kit. This will help keep your kit organized.
  • Keep copies of Scouts Canada’s Incident Report Form in your first aid kit. Keep also a copy of this list for future

Wraps, Splints and Wound Coverings:

  • Elastic wrap
  • Triangular cravat bandage
  • Finger splints
  • SAM splints
  • Rolled gauze
  • Rolled, stretch-to-conform bandages
  • Hydrogel-based pads
  • First-aid cleansing pads with topical anesthetic
  • Hemostatic (blood-stopping) gauze

Things to add for a longer trip:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Aloe vera gel (sunburn relief)
  • Throat lozenges
  • Loperamide tablets (for diarrhea symptoms) *

Kits are available in your local ScoutShop.

* Scouters, checkout Scouts Canada’s Medication Safety Tip for inventory checks.

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