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What Should Be in a First Aid Kit?

However you spend your time outdoors, a good first aid kit is an essential for anyone’s gear. As confident as you may be while hiking, cycling, skiing or any other activity, accidents happen and when they do, it’s important to be well prepared to treat injuries and ailments as best you can. Whether it’s as simple as a blister or a more complicated problem such as dehydration, having a first aid kit to hand makes a huge difference.

We’ve compiled a selection of first aid kid essentials so you’ll be ready should anything happen on your next trip. This list covers the basics, however, it’s important to take into consideration the risk factors of any activity as well as existing medical issues with you and your companions.

Check out the ‘First Aid Kit Checklist infographic at the bottom of the page and share with your friends!

First Aid Box Contents

Wound Covering

  • Antiseptic pads
  • Adhesive bandages/plasters (various sizes)
  • Gauze padding (various sizes)
  • Medical tape
  • Eye dressings/pads
  • Crepe bandage
  • Safety pins
  • Cold compress
  • Triangular sling bandage


  • Antiseptic cream
  • Distilled water
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Painkillers (Paracetamol/Ibuprofen)
  • Cough medicines
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Hydration salts
  • Eyewash
  • Water purification tablets


This is a simple breakdown of items anyone should carry for an outdoor first aid kit. If you’re taking part in more intense activities, it’s important to adjust your kit so it’s suitable for the task, such as a specific camping first aid kit or hiking first aid kit. There are lots of pre-made kits available, but if you intend on putting together your own, it’s important to select a protective container that is watertight and has a strong securable lid.

Equally, it’s useless to have items in your kit you don’t know how and when to use. Make sure you familiarise yourself with basic first-aid and understand the role that each item in your kit plays in treatment. You can find out more about basic first aid and learn about beginners courses on the NHS website.