The Ultimate First Aid Kit

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You could opt to buy a ready-made first aid kit or alternative pack your own, personally, I prefer adding to an already packed kit from a reputable supplier such as “The Travel Doctor”, that gives you a kit with the scripts often required when crossing borders. This is a kit that is definitely not like your off the shelf supermarket variety.

Structuring your own kit allows you to tailor it for the type of trip or activity you are planning. Here is our guide that may help;

The best kit is ultimately filled with items that you know how to use as well as items that may be necessary should you end up in a remote, badly stocked bush clinic. That being said we always suggest that one attends a proper First Aid course and updates it on expiry- things change.

Depends on the size you may opt for a waterproof stash bag, we prefer bags with see-through plastic pouches where items are visible and one can keep similar items together.

Good general groupings are:

  • Wound care
  • Medications
  • Bandages
  • Plasters
  • General items

Wound care items:

  • Gloves
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Ointments
  • Antiseptic Liquid
  • Gauze pads
  • Moleskin or blister treatment
  • Sponge and nailbrush
  • Burn Gel dressings
  • Wound powder

Medications:

  • Personal items ( prescription medication)
  • Anti Inflammatories
  • Pain medication
  • Electrolyte Powders
  • Anti Nausea
  • Anti Diahroeah
  • Sting and allergy relief
  • Sunburn
  • Eye drops

Bandages:

  • Various sizes – Crepe and Gauze
  • Compression pads
  • Slings
  • Plasters and wound closure strips

General Items:

  • Eye patches
  • Safety pins
  • Eye baths
  • Scissors
  • Thermometers
  • Small first aid guide
  • Splint
  • CPR mask
  • Space blanket
  • Hand wash

Remember, to get the most out of your design it for the specific application, if you are hiking you may need extra stuff for blisters if you are travelling in summer extra sunscreen may be required as well as a soothing gel for sunburn.

Bear in mind that members of your group may have allergies and cater for this, and on your return restock the kit and look for items that may expire before the next trip. This list is intended to be a simple guideline, you could consult with a specialist medical travel practitioner – if in doubt go to www.TravelDocCorp.com  for professional advice.

About the Author

Glyn Demmer

My first 4x4 was a Nissan Hardbody thereafter I started travelling all over the country. In 1992 we held a big 4x4 day with hundreds of Nissan families, and then the 4x4 bug really bit. A friend Monty Brett and I started running 4x4 courses at the Hennops Off-road Trail just outside of Johannesburg. At first we offered day-and-a-half courses that started on Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday afternoon. Hannes Grobler the Rally Ace regularly assisted, and we reached a nice balance between our two styles and our skills.

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