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I’m extremely clumsy…whether I’m hiking, walking or just folding laundry. There is no shortage opportunities to injure myself (like that time I tripped over AIR and face planted in Thailand). So when I’m travelling or hiking, I always have first aid essentials with me because I never know when I need to deal with a mystery rash that I picked up in the jungle or passing out from the heat in Cambodia.
The world of first aid can be so overwhelming and sometimes it’s hard to decide what you really need to bring with you. Who wants to carry a bunch of heavy stuff in their pack if they don’t’ need to? Here’s a list of what I carry with me (in a small waterproof pouch) when I’m hiking, climbing, cycling or paddling.
Kiki’s First Aid Kit***
|12||Assortment of bandages in different sizes, including knuckle bandages (include more bandaids in your kit if you’re more than 2 people in your group or travelling for an extended period of time)|
|1 roll||Water resistant adhesive tape|
|1||Conforming gauze bandage|
|4||Non-adherent sterile gauze pads (won’t stick to the wound AND latex free!)|
|1 pair||Nitrile gloves|
|1 pair||Splinter and tick remover|
|1 small roll||Duct tape (also great for avoiding blisters)|
|1||Tensor Bandage (for all your sprains)|
|1||AfterBite (for all your insect bite relieving needs)|
|5||Antiseptic wipe (I always buy these in 100 counts…cheaper and I go through quite a few when I’m hiking)|
|8||Povidone-iodine prep pads (antiseptic cleanser for cuts, scrapes, etc.)|
|1 pair||Scissors (the first aid/bandage kind)|
|1 pkg.||Rehydration salts (these are a pack of 12 lemon-flavoured tablets – an absolute must if you are travelling to hot/humid climates)|
|2||Ammonia inhalant (These were so helpful that time when I passed out in Cambodia)|
|2||Cold gel packs|
|5||Sterile cotton-tipped applicators|
|5||Sterile wound closures|
|10||Tylenol (for headaches and pain relief)|
|5||Your favourite antihistamine (for all kinds of allergic reactions – especially the unexpected ones)|
|1||Polysporin to go spray (pain relieving and infection prevention)|
|5||SOS Blister Packs (take that blisters!)|
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What’s in your first aid kit?
***This post, of course, should not be construed as medical advice and you should carry what you feel you need for your first aid needs.