Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered 2010-03-26 20:07:05

The following items were taken from the Official Boy Scout web site:

For some really good information I suggest that you go to their site.

It is important that one person in each touring group be trained in the principles of first aid, know how and when to put this knowledge to the best use, and thoroughly understand the limitations of this knowledge.

Bar of soap

2-inch roller bandage

  • 1-inch roller bandage
  • 1-inch adhesive
  • 3-by-3-inch sterile pads
  • Triangular bandage
  • Assorted gauze pads
  • Adhesive strips
  • Clinical oral thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • sunburn lotion
  • Lip salve
  • Poison-ivy lotion
  • Small flashlight (with extra batteries and bulb)
  • Absorbent cotton
  • Water purification tablets (iodine)
  • Safety pins
  • Needles
  • Paper cups
  • Foot powder
  • Instant ice packs
Recommended Enhancements:The BSA kit has long served as an excellent first aid supplement. It does not however take into account some of the newer solutions availalble, nor is it as weight conscious as many of today's hikers are. Here are some changes I'd recommend:
  • If 1" Roller Bandage is an Ace Wrap I'd go to 3". You can use 3" for places 1" won't work but not vice versa. If they mean 1" gauze wrap I'd skip it altogether -- see the KoBan below.
  • I'd swap 1" adhesive for 1" or 2" KoBan. Great stuff -- doesn't stick to wounds, can be trimmed to size, weighs less.
  • I personally like 4"x4" sterile pads -- matter of taste.
  • Skip the triangular bandage; that's what your bandanna is for. Likewise, if you need one they're easily improvised from a T-shirt.
  • Clinical Oral Thermometer as long as it's not glass. Glass thermometers tend to break in the field.
  • Poison-ivy doesn't typically show up for 48 hours or so, and for some folks it doesn't work well. Also, depending on where you hike, this vegetation may not exist or may be seasonal. Unless you're going to be out there for a few days in an area where this is a problem, consider skipping this -- more heavy goop to mess up your kit. If you really need something for this purpose. go with a general purpose pain salve (xylocaine, lidocaine, etc.).
  • Flashlights are great -- make it a waterproof one and don't skimp. MagLite makes a great one, but so do others. Get one of that quality.
  • Skip the absorbant cotton balls; use a torn up sterile pad for that. These wad up over time, get dirty (unless you put them in a container -- more weight), and what do you do with them?
  • Skip the needles; use the safety-pins for that. Stowing a needle is a royal pain. If you worry about such things, bring a cobbler's awl so you have your needles and can sew broken boots back together. Overkill I think but better than a needle by itself.
  • Skip the paper cups -- there's no use for them -- just something else to get soggy. Many hikers carry a Yosemite cup wherever they go. In a pinch, these can be heated over a small fire as well, and these make dipping from streams a snap.
  • I don't carry foot powder myself as I wash my feet a LOT on the trail, and carry extra socks. If you're going for only a few days, this may be extra weight.
  • Instant ice packs are usually a waste of time. While I'm a huge fan of coldpacking nearly any injury I run into, chemical cold packs don't get very cold at all, are expensive and very heavy, and a danger if you puncture them. If you have a cold stream or even a good breeze and a wet bandanna, you can get nearly the same effect.
  • I'd add the following:
  • ** Pencil
    • 1-2 sheets of waterproof paper -- DayGlo is good.
    • Waterproof matches or flint and steel (extra set in the first aid kit).
    • Moleskin (maybe the most useful thing on the trail for tenderfoots!).
    • Small Nalgene type bottle of hydrogen peroxide 3%-- 3oz. should do.
    • Bubble pack of ibuprofen -- works for pain and fevers. No need for that thermometer if you can't treat the fever.
    • Bubble pack of Benadryl/diphenhydramine -- good for stings and Allergies. Doubles as a sleeping med. Been around forever -- safe and tested.
    • Salt Tabs (everyone argues this one. I like it for Heat Exhaustion to keep it from turning into Heat stroke).
User Avatar

Your Answer

Still Have Questions?

Related Questions

If you are going on a hike who would you take with you?

someone you love of course!

What is a sentence using the word hike?

If you wanted you teacher to hike your score you should not have plagiarized this sentence, because now you will just have to take a hike.

How do you hike data from another computer?

Take a hike.

What part of the book does Bella see Edward in full sunlight?

Bella see's Edward in full sunlight when they take a hike on the weekend, when Bella is supossedly going shopping. Edward reveales himself in the meadow that they end up in, after they take a "hike".

How long would it take to hike mount st helens?

how long would it take to hike mount st Helens

What should you take on a night horse back ride?

Well, I would take a firstaid kit just if you or our horse need it, also think you should take a cell phone just in case you get lost. Lastly, I think you should bring a water bottle and a snack. DON'T FORGET A FLASHLIGHT TO SEE WITH--PHYLLIS FROM TEXAS

How long does it take to hike the gumbo limbo trail?

it all varies with how fast you walk/"hike".

How long does it take to hike Mt McKinley?

You do not hike McKinley, it is a mountain that requires serious climbing skills.

If a person can hike 19 miles in 2 days then how many days will it take them to hike 63 miles?

It would take a person about seven days to hike 63 miles if he/ she were traveling an average 9.5 miles per day.

What does the phrase take a hike mean?

Go away.

What are the release dates for Take a Hike - 2012?

Take a Hike - 2012 was released on: USA: 31 March 2012 (168 Hour Film Festival) (Premiere)

What actors and actresses appeared in Take a Hike - 2012?

The cast of Take a Hike - 2012 includes: Taylor James Brandt as Adam Todd Terry as David

How long would it take to hike from rim to river?

it will take a full day

A machine used to measure earthquakes activity?

take a hike

How long does it take to hike camelback mountain?

49 minutes

What are the release dates for Danger Rangers - 2003 Take a Hike 2-3?

Danger Rangers - 2003 Take a Hike 2-3 was released on: USA: 2008

How long does it take the hike the Appalachian trail?

About five to seven months.

What are fun things you can do in the Appalachian Mountains?

you can camp or hike and take a climb

How long does it take to hike the apalation trail?

6 months is the average

Fabricio recorded the amount of time that it takes him to hike different distances According to the data in the table how long will it take him to hike 33 miles?

11 hours

What can you do in Red Rock Canyon?

You can take the scenic drive, have a picnic, visit the Visitor Center, or take a hike.

How long does it take to hike apalacian trail in NH?

The Appalachian Trail stretches 161 miles in the state of New Hampshire, how long it would take you to hike that far depends on a lot of factors. The trail in New Hampshire is fairly difficult so depending on your level of experience you could hike anywhere between 5 and 9 miles per day, so it could take anywhere from 17 to 33 days to hike all the way through.

How long does it take to hike the precipice trail?

1.5-2.5 hours for Precipice Trail to summit of Champlain Mountain and 3-5 hours for a complete loop hike.

What is a sentence for derision?

You could hear the derision in her voice when she told him to take a hike.

How long does it take to hike Mt Whitney?

Six years to hoke around it

Still have questions?