It is absolutley crutial that you maintain a well stocked first aid kit for your group when in the back country. You never know that you will run into, accidents happen and if you are away from medical services, mistakes can be deadly. A well stocked first aid kit should include:
- Adhesive bandages
- Butterfly bandages
- Gauze pads
- Medical adhesive tape
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antibacterial ointments
- ibuprofen or some other pain reliever
- saftey pins
- a first aid manual
- anti-diarrehal medicines
- Any other presecribe medication, such as insulin
- Emergency blanket
- Salt tablets
So, always be sure that have a first aid kit when you travel, and most importantly, keep it up to date. Medical supplies can and do go out of expiration. Additionally, this process will help you replenish supplies that get used throughout your adventures.
You can’t take it with you! or stated slightly differently, be sure that you can take your first aid kit with you. It is a good idea to have several. One, larger first aid kit for use around the car and basecamp and a smaller kit for hikes, day trips etc. Should you go out and buy a small “urgent care with pharmacy”, be sure that you can quickly grab it and go. Not very often will you be able to unpack it from under the seat in a time of emergency.
First Aid, is the First Aid someone receives during an emergency, and you are little use if you can’t take your kit and run to the emergency.