It’s cheaper and more convenient to pop into one of the larger chain stores and simply buy a First Aid Kit, you’ll have everything you’re likely to need in a small well laid out box or bag. However, assembling your own kit allows you to tailor the contents to your specific requirements in terms of the tip of activity you will be embarking on as well as any personal medication that you may need to take. I always keep personal medication in my luggage with my toiletries. There is however no harm in buying an off-the-shelf kit and customising it for your specific requirements with better quality ingredients, often the bag or box is what you are after.
You must know what is in your kit and how to use it, attend a First Aid course and renew it when it expires. If travelling beyond our borders it is worthwhile obtaining a kit that contains items that may not readily be available ( Drips, needles, injections, surgical sutures, scalpels etc. ) Understand what is in the kit and know how to use it – include a small leaflet or guide as a reference. So let’s get started with our basic kit ;
A durable waterproof bag or container to start with.
Pouches or containers to organise stuff – Ziploc bags also work well.
Labels or a marker if you need to sort and identify contents.
Putting the kit together:
It’s good to group similar stuff as that saves time in an emergency. So develop categories that you can put in clear pouches or marked Ziploc bags. So a few general categories would be:
- Wound care
- General Equipment etc.
So separate your kit into these categories and pack them into visible clear compartments or marked ziplock bags. We are not going to make product-specific recommendations and will rather recommend the categories of medication, you can discuss the specific brands with your pharmacist or doctor.
- Pain relief and reduction of a temperature
- Reduction of inflammation
- Stomach cramps
- Allergic reaction
- Sting relief
- Electrolyte for dehydration
- Hand wash
- Gloves ( at all times when treating open bleeding wounds )
- Antiseptic wipes
- Cotton Wool
- Antiseptic Ointment
- Wound Powder
- Gauze Pads ( a variety of sizes )
- Blister pads such as Moleskin
- Trauma pads ( extreme bleeding )
- Gauze and crepe bandages of various widths
- Strapping Tape
- Wound closure strips
- Eye bandage
- Triangular arm bandage
- General equipment ;
- Good quality scissors
- Irrigation syringe
- Safety pins and bandage closures
- Eye patch
- Burn shields
- Emergency Space Blanket
- CPR Mask
You should have a generic kit that can easily be customised for specific trips, space permitting always add in sunblock ( SPF 50 ) and Insect repellant. Keep a packing list and watch expiry dates all the time – happy, safe travels from all of us at All-Terrain.