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DIY Hiker’s First Aid Kit for Dogs and their Humans

Packing for our hike last week, I realized that the only first aid kit I had was for the dog. Over time, I’ve accepted the fact that if something were to happen to Batman on our travels, I’d be well-prepared with an 18-piece kit; whereas, if something happened to me, I’d just curl up helplessly and die. 

In an effort to improve my fate, I put together a basic first aid kit that the dog can carry on our hikes for the both of us. The whole kit weighs exactly 1 pound and takes up half the space of a gallon-size Ziploc. I used mini travel bottles to store liquids, pill pouches for meds, and even found a good use for those plastic roll thingies that poop bags are wrapped around — they’re great for making mini rolls of duct tape. 

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My first aid kit includes:

  • Assorted bandaids 
  • Blister relief pads
  • Sterile gauze wrap
  • Butterfly closures
  • Neosporin
  • Betadine
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting if Batman eats poison)
  • Witch hazel
  • Styptic powder
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • Alcohol cleaning pads
  • Wet Ones antibacterial wipes
  • All-natural bug repellant wrist band
  • Cortizone Quick Shot for itch relief
  • Aspirin, Pepto, Benedryl and Gas-X (for bloat)
  • Technu poison ivy scrub
  • Gloves
  • Pawz disposable dog boots
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Emergency whistle (I like Fox40 the best)
  • Mini Maglite
  • Disposable water bowl
  • Duct tape (always carry duct tape!)
  • Matches
  • Thermal blanket

I also carry an extra leash that can double as a tourniquet because my war zone medical training has left me paranoid about the dangers of massive blood loss.

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On our last hike:

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