Thursday, 28 July 2011

Building A First Aid Kit for Backpacking, Climbing, and the Outdoors

When there are no doctors on hand in an emergency knowing the correct way to render first aid treatment while using a comprehensive Emergency First Aid Kit can make a real difference. A First Aid Kit is important even more in non-urban regions and many other locations where medical clinics are usually not close by.

When you are on a family vacation or on certain outdoor adventures consider what would happen if all of a sudden you were to get sick or injured and the nearby medical center is actually hours and hours from your specific destination? An Emergency first aid kit should be regarded as essential for the most frequent illnesses when outdoors, such as skin irritation, pest bites, abrasions, high temperature, pain, vertigo, stomachache, diarrhea, and bone injuries.

The typical outdoor first aid kit just has the primary medications for usual illness, but the first aid kits for sale you could find at most pharmacy stores don't come with treatments for dangerous medical problems. And so prior to taking off and having fun on your trip or adventure, needless to say if you suffer from pre-existing ailments such as asthma, diabetes, or hypertension, it is best to talk to your medical doctor and understand exactly what other crucial medications or supplies you should be including in your kit.

In order to make your outdoor adventures enjoyable and safe be sure that your personal medical emergency first aid kit does have all of the prescription drugs and other medical items which you and also your spouse and children will need. An Emergency First Aid kit is definitely beneficial and in fact is recommended for everyone to own and have close at hand at all times, but not just for outdoor adventures and trips. Being able to access one in any lifestyle situation is paramount.

If you are planning to make one or if you want to get your own medical first aid kit from the local shops shops or on the internet part of the information of this guide is the first aid kit checklist, supplying you a list of primary first aid kit items which you should ensure are part of your comprehensive kit.


·         Adhesive dressings
·         Sterile dressings
·         Antiseptic swabs
·         Cotton gauze swabs
·         Elastic gauze bandage
·         Heavy duty crepe bandage
·         Hypo-allergenic adhesive strapping tape
·         Eye pads sterile
·         Latex gloves
·         Resuscitation face shield
·         Bandage shears
·         Blunt/sharp scissors
·         Forceps with tip guard
·         Digital thermometer


Paracetamol: For fever and headache.
Decongestant /Phenypropanolamine:  For colds.
Mefenamic Acid:  For pain and headache.
Antihistamine:  For itchiness and allergic reactions
Antinausea /Antiemetic:  For nausea and vomiting.
Loperamide: For diarrhea.
Antacid: For upset stomach or reflex disease.
Oral Rehydration Salts: Useful for dehydration due to severe diarrhea and vomiting.
Antibiotics: Useful in very long treks when no other medication is at hand and someone is down with fever.


Antibiotic Ointment: Prevents wound infection.
Hydrocortisone Cream: Relief for itchiness in the skin and slight inflammations.
Burn Ointment/Nitrofurazone: For burns.
Betadine Solution/Povidone Iodine: Wound disinfectant.
Insect Repellant: Protection from mosquitoes and other insect bites that later on could give you serious illness.
Sunscreen:  Protect the skin from UV rays to avoid sunburns.
Alcohol: Disinfectant.

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