It doesn’t matter how careful you and the rest of the family are, if you are bugging out, first aid kits need to be packed in with the rest of your gear. Even the smallest cut or insect bite can turn into a major problem if it is not properly treated. There are many different types of first aid kits available that you can find the one that will fit your budget as well as your families needs.
For short excursions the first aid kits should include band aids as well as a topical antiseptic to clean wounds. They should also contain items for insect bites or bee stings as well as gauze to provide a sterile dressing in the event of a larger cut.
Even if you go an entire season without opening it, first aid kits should be checked before bugging out. You never know when a family member may have grabbed a few band aids from the kit while at home and when they are needed later, is not the time to find out they have all been used.
Check First Aid Supplies Frequently
Ointments and astringents that are often part of first aid kits do have expiration dates and each year, the kits should be checked to make sure everything is still valid. Antiseptics used beyond their expiration date will not have the same benefits as fresh materials and you could still end up with an infection. Additionally, using out dated products on an open wound may actually invite an infection.
This is also a good time to check on the supply of band-aids and gauze to make sure there are enough in the kit.
While most first aid kits are available in waterproof containers, it is always possible that some moisture has leaked inside and ruined all or part of the products inside.
You should regularly check your kit and replenish every item that may have been used before. It is easy to overlook checking your first aid kit and you might be out of something. The time to realize it is before that item is needed in an emergency.