Of course a First Aid Kit is essential in every home; but you should also have an additional one ready for outdoor explorations. This is because disaster can hit you both in and outside your home and as the name implies, you may find yourself the first on the scene with a medical emergency. In this article, we will be providing you a few guidelines to ensure that the first aid kit you are carrying with you while traveling will be most useful in times of distress.
Information on Pre-assembled Kits
The majority of the outdoor enthusiasts prefer pre-assembled kits. This is primarily because getting them ready doesn’t require any additional effort. In addition, having one of these ready-to-use first aid kits also means that your kit will at least have all the basics. That’s not all; according to a survey conducted recently, the pre-assembled first aid kits are actually slightly economical compared to the home-made ones. Usually, these kits remain packed in water-resistant, compact pouches, which you will be able to refill when required.
The pre-assembled units are available in different sizes. Read on to know the factors that should be considered when deciding on the size of these kits.
Size of the group: This means a small kit would be fine for a small group but the kit size must increase as the size of the group increases. We would advise you to purchase a medium sized kit that would match the needs of both small groups and moderately big groups. If the group becomes bigger, you will always have the option of adding a few things to the kit.
Trip length: It’s obvious that when deciding on the first-aid kit’s size, you must always keep in mind the number of days you will be traveling for. The longer the trip, the bigger should be your first-aid kit. The same rule also applies for distance.
Special needs: A group consisted of people with specific medical issues will need to carry a bigger kit as the kit must include medicines and medical supplies required for managing each of those specific health problems.
Risks: If you have plans of taking part in potentially dangerous activities such as bushwalking during the trip, your kit must have additional space for accommodating extra ointments and bandages.
Information on DIY Kits
The home-assembled or do-it-yourself (DIY) first aid kits should contain at least the following items:
- Athletic tapes, blister treatments like moleskin, compression and adhesive bandages
- Prescription medications of people in the group, antibiotic ointments, ibuprofen, antacid tablets and sunscreen
- A petite mirror, knife, razor blade and tweezers.
- Tick remover, burn dressing, antiseptic towels, and bee-sting kit
If the trip is challenging and filled with different adventurous activities, we would advise you to carry a few additional items. Some of the items you might want to include are forceps, thermometer, instant ice-pack, basic splint, and sling, ointments that offer relief from skin irritation, butterfly bandages, and gauze pads. You can also consult your doctor about the items you must keep with you during an adventure trip.
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