More often than not, medical survival kits are a boring subject and a lot of hikers do not give it a lot of attention. But, survival kits are some of the most crucial items you carry and must not be compromised when you are trying to lighten the load of your backpack. It’s better to carry some ounces more in weight than suffering through hiking.
Carrying first aid kit bag does not sound fanatical or boring. Below are some of the essentials included in your first aid kit bag:
- Anti-Diarrhea Medication – You should bring some of this medication depending on how bad your diet is before or after the trail. You might also need antiemetics, antacids, and laxatives dry kept in small ziplock bag with a label. If you bring your dog with you, Imodium is safe for dogs with diarrhea.
- Moleskin – Two to three precut templates or sheets of various sizes, depending on your preferences.
- Eye Drops – Artificial tears or lubricating drops will alleviate dry eyes whenever it’s dry or windy. If you are wearing contact lenses, keep a small bottle that’s filled with emergency rewetting drops that also serves as general eye lubricant. You should also bring glasses in case your eyes would swell up and you can’t wear contact lenses.
- Anti-Inflammatory Analgesic – Your chosen OTC medication including naproxen, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin should be kept dry in the small ziplock bag with the medication’s name written on it. It’s highly recommended to take two various kinds of this medication and these must include non-aspirin and aspirin.
- Sterile Gauze – These are ideal for lacerations that can’t be handled by bandaids.
- Adhesive Waterproof Tape – It should be an inch wide tape that is rolled into a sewing thread bobbin or popsicle stick.
- Antiseptic Wipes – These are good for lacerations and cuts.
Take Note of the Conditions
Generally, the conditions and location you’re hiking in will dictate the kind of essentials you would take in your first aid kit and things you keep on yourself. For instance, if you’re hiking in exposed and sunny areas, it’s important that you protect your skin, wear sunglasses, and wide brim hat. If you’re traveling in snowy and cold regions, having gloves, warm hat, and pair of socks can be a good idea.
If you are hiking in wet and rainy regions like Appalachians and Pacific NW, small anti-fungal ointment and rain gear are never a bad idea. If hiking in the areas that are renowned for populations of active bears, carry a pepper spray and a whistle. No matter what the weather or terrain is, take extra socks and clothing with you. To enjoy outdoors, it’s critical to pay importance to proper insulation.
Storing first aid kit essentials properly is also important. With this, you can be assured that all of your medical supplies are sealed and protected from any weather condition, regardless of your preferred backpacking trail or how big your first aid kit bag.