1. Bandages and wraps:
It is important for hunters to be prepared for any minor wounds or scrapes that may occur while out in the field. Having a variety of sizes and types of bandages and wraps ensures that whatever wound may arise can be addressed quickly and effectively. Bandages such as adhesive strips, gauze pads, compression bandages, and elastic wraps should all be included in the hunting first aid kit.
2. Antibiotic ointments and creams:
Antibiotic ointments and creams are essential for treating wounds that may become infected while out in remote areas. These provide protection against bacteria, fungi, and other germs that can enter a wound or scrape and cause serious illness. Such ointments and creams should be stored in air-tight containers to maintain their effectiveness.
Antiseptics are used for cleaning small scrapes or cuts before applying a bandage or wrap. Alcohol wipes, hydrogen peroxide, iodine swabs, etc., should be included in the hunting first aid kit to ensure that wounds are properly treated before further medical attention is required.
4. Hydrocortisone cream:
Hydrocortisone cream can be used to reduce itching and inflammation associated with bug bites, stings, or skin irritations. This should be included in the hunting first aid kit for quick relief from uncomfortable symptoms.
5. Pain relievers:
Pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen should also be included in the hunting first aid kit for treating minor injuries or pains caused by extended activity. These medications can help reduce swelling and inflammation as well as provide temporary relief until further medical attention is sought out if needed.
6. Burn ointment:
Burn ointment is necessary for treating minor burns that may occur in the field. This should be stored in an air-tight container and kept with the hunting first aid kit at all times.
7. Sterile gauze pads and cotton balls:
Gauze pads and cotton balls are important for cleaning, packing, and protecting wounds from infection. It is best to use sterile versions of these items when possible, as they will provide better protection against germs or bacteria entering a wound.
Tweezers can be used for removing objects such as splinters or thorns that become embedded in the skin while out in the field. Having a pair of tweezers in the hunting first aid kit is important for properly treating any wounds that may occur.
Scissors are necessary for cutting bandages and wrapping to fit various sizes of wounds. It is important to have a pair of sharp scissors in the hunting first aid kit for this purpose.
10. Personal medications (if applicable):
If an individual requires medication on a regular basis, it is best to store some form of this medication in their hunting first aid kit as well. This ensures that they will be able to get their prescription medications even when away from home or medical help.