When we get ready to hit the woods, there are some items we never forget — a firearm or bow, camo, Thermacell, a bottle of water and a few extra rounds or arrows. Sometimes, though, we forget to prepare for the unexpected. Whether you’re going on a backcountry hunt or simply headed down the road to your secret spot, you should always have appropriate first aid supplies while in the woods.
Many will avoid bringing a first-aid kit into the woods merely because they are often large and can be too cumbersome to carry for long periods; not to mention “official” first-aid kits can be surprisingly pricey. Follow these three simple steps to make an easy-to-carry and inexpensive hunting first-aid kit with supplies you more than likely already have.
Step 1 – Choosing a Container
Almost anything can work here, from a small tackle organizer to the large side pocket on the hunting pack you already bring. The key here is to pick something minimal that you will take into the woods.
Feel free to get creative here, but common items that can be used for a container include:
- Small, fishing tackle container
- Pencil case
- Small Tupperware, especially with dividers built in
- Old coffee canister
- Side pocket on hunting pack
Step 2 – Selecting Supplies
The contents of a first-aid kit can be limitless, but the idea of creating a hunting first-aid kit is to keep it minimal yet effective, be it a blister from walking in soggy boots for too long or a minor cut from a branch. This also includes ensuring you bring items essential to your personal well-being. For instance, if you have a serious allergy, make sure you bring the appropriate remedy (EpiPen, Benadryl etc.), or if you get the occasional heartburn, pack antacids. You know best what items that you should keep handy.
Once you’ve picked out the specific items tailored to your wellness, consider some general first-aid supplies geared toward accidents on the hunt:
- Super glue
- Antibacterial cream
- Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Cleansing wipes
- Portable hydrogen peroxide spray bottle
- Small eye wash solution packs
- Digital thermometer
Step 3 – Organizing and Order
The last step is to organize your supplies so they are easily accessible and distinguishable. If you went with a container that doesn’t have dividers, like a coffee canister or a side pocket, grouping supplies with rubber bands will keep them organized.
Routinely check items in your first-aid kit for expiration dates.
It’s that simple. A few minutes of your time and some items you more than likely have around your home will create an inexpensive and easy-to-carry first-aid kit that will always be with you in the woods. Next time you have a mishap miles from home, you will be glad you made it!