Anyone in the medical profession will tell you that early treatment is the best way to ensure a positive outcome from any emergency situation. A first-aid kit is an absolute essential piece of gear for any traveler. Emergencies can happen anywhere at any time. When traveling, it is important to pack the appropriate supplies for an adventure medical kit. So, what do you pack? What is essential to help those needing vital treatment following an accident?

Because accidents can happen at any time, it is important to be prepared. Whether hiking or camping, a twisted ankle, fractures, or laceration can become much worse if not properly treated.

First-Aid Kit Must Haves

The best adventure medical kits have a variety of dressings and other equipment to deal with the basic injuries. They can easily be used by anyone, regardless of training or experience. So, what should I have in my kit?

  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Compression Bandages
  • Medical Tape
  • Paramedic Shears
  • Forceps
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Pain Relieve Medication
  • Antihistamine Cream
  • Antibacterial Cream


This is essential gear. While out hiking or camping, the most common injuries are cuts or scrapes. Bandages are vital to keeping them clean, so they don’t get infected. For the uninitiated, blister bandages are ideal too. Especially for those people not used to hiking long distances. 


Gauze is an item which can be used for a variety of different things. It can help to apply pressure to a wound, stop bleeding, or soak up blood. These can also form part of a basic dressing for small wounds.

Compression Bandages

These are ideal for wounds that are slighter bigger that bandages can’t properly treat. They can be used to maintain pressure on wound dressings.

Medical Tape

This is used to keep dressings and bandages in place when treating wounds.

Paramedic Shears

A good pair of shears can be invaluable. They can cut through jeans and heavy clothing. It is an excellent tool for any adventure medical kit, and can also be used as a windlass for a makeshift tourniquet. 


Another excellent tool, medical grade forceps can be used to pull out splinters, removing bits of dirt or rock when cleaning a wound.

Antiseptic Wipes

These are quite often overlooked when people consider stocking an adventure medical kit Canada. These are absolutely essential. They help to clean wounds and keep them from getting infected.

Pain Relief Medication

Ibuprofen can be a lifesaver when out in the woods, dealing with an injury. It can help to reduce swelling and to reduce pain. This helps to allow those injured to continue moving to get to help when out hiking.

Antihistamine Cream

This helps to treat bug bites, rashes, and allergic reactions.

For over thirty years, Sands Canada has been helping to keep adventure first-aid kits fully stocked. Contact us today to learn more about our adventure kits.