Tell Your Friends About Camping in Alaska.

I want to bring up a pretty serious topic that, just on the outside chance that you are faced with an ill-fated incident, needs to be planned for in advance.

Be PreparedYou will be driving through some pretty remote areas where cell phones won't work and help may be hours away. Should medical assistance be needed by you, by someone in your party, or if you come upon an incident such as an accident you will need to have the necessary items to effectively deals with the situation to the best of your abilities. For this reason I thought we should go over some of the nominal items found in the basic first aid kit that everyone should carry when traveling in the remoteness found along the Alaska Highway.

Roadside First Aid Checklist

Developed with the help of the American Red Cross, along with 35 years of driving the Alaska Highway, we have come up with the essential minimum list of item you should have with you while enjoying the serenity of the Last Frontier.

For the basic first aid and emergency supplies we have come up with the listed below:

First Aid Kits
First Aid Kit Emergency Response Trauma Bag Complete

First Aid Kit - This is a place we feel that more is truly better. A well equipped first aid kit needs to be versatile in composition and inclusive of the items you may need if an unforeseen incident should arise. Sometime by having items at hand a passerby can lend a hand in areas they are trained in. For this reason important items for backcountry travel include things like a Blood Pressure Cuff and a Stethoscope need to be included.

Roadside First Aid Kit
JSK ProMed CFAK100 Comprehensive Medical and First Aid Kit

This is by far my favorite roadside medical kit the ProMed CFAK100 is about as complete a roadside first aid kit as they come.

Versatile well equipped first aid kit designed by medical professionals. Bag features a carrying handle as well as a shoulder strap and has multiple internal and external dividers and pockets.

The contents of this first aid kit are well organized and easily accessible which is important as your kit needs to be ready to use at all times.

Overall the ProMed CFAK100 first aid kit measures a manageable 17x10x8 inches and weighs just 5½ lbs.

Road Ready First Aid Kits


Our minimum recommended first aid kits for the remoteness of Alaska and the Alaska Highway should include the following:

  • emergency windshield hammer and seat belt cutter tool
  • QuikClot Advanced Clotting Sponge - speeds coagulation of blood resulting in a stable clot that stops bleeding.
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)

First Aid Training

  • 5 sterile gauze pads (2 x 2 inches)
  • 1 roll gauze bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roll gauze bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • 25 adhesive bandages of assorted sizes
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape
  • 1 roll self-adherent wrap, (2-inch x 5-yard roll)
  • hydrogel burn dressing (4 x 4 inches)
  • sam splint (36 inch)
  • aspirin
  • 1 emergency blanket
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets
  • drawing salve (1 oz)
  • hydrocortisone anti-itch cream
  • 2 pair of non-latex gloves