The Ultimate Climber’s First Aid Kit

With our newly acquired knowledge of first aid though the Wilderness First Responder course we set about assembling a first aid kit. We tailored the kit to our activities, usually day hiking and climbing. We tried to balance preparedness with size and weight. If you are assembling a kit yourself you will want to consider the length of time you will be in the wilderness and the practicality of carrying whatever you assemble.

We included some overnight survival items for good measure. One of the biggest lessons we learned in our course was that bad stuff can happen at inopportune times and getting stuck out overnight could be disastrous if you aren’t prepared. With this in mind we added a fire starter, water purifying tablets, and a large emergency blanket.

Below in the photos are the items we carry with us anytime we head out. Hover your mouse over an item in the image for a description and click on that item to see the full description. Click here to be taken to our website if the links don’t work in your email subscription.



Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages Semi-Permiable Transparent Dressing Semi-Permiable Transparent Dressing Steri Strip Skin Closures Gauze Dressing Second Skin Burn Jel Alcohol Wipes Irrigation Syringe Tincture of Benzoin Pre-Wrap Athletic Tape Image Map




Ace Bandages Medical Scissors Latex Exam Gloves Emergency Fire Starter Triangle Bandage Advil, Benadryl, Aspirin, Tylenol CPR Mask Water Purifying Tablets Nols WMI Field Guide Image Map




Watertight Box Image Map



The e-blanket is the single largest object we carry. When rolled tightly it still is about 6 inches long and 4 inches in diameter. There are much smaller e-blankets available that are made out of mylar but in our experience they tear easily and are difficult to re-use. If you end up stranded for an extended period this could be a problem.

The e-blanket that we carry is both large and durable. So durable that it is no problem to throw it down as a large tarp for sitting on or belaying from and even an impromptu rain shelter if the clouds catch up to us at the crag.

The size and durability also mean that the blanket could be used for an emergency litter or splinting tool. Its versatility means that I can use it both in emergencies and when it is just plain convenient.

We chose the watertight box for our kit because it is waterproof, durable and can easily be thrown around with our gear without damaging its contents. In addition, in the event of an unexpected downpour we can put water sensitive items like phones inside to keep them dry.

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