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Re-posted with permission from Wilderness Medical Associates International.
Walking through the first aid aisle at your local outfitter store can
be overwhelming. While there are many excellent prepared kits on the
market, often enthusiasts choose to create and specialize their own.
Your kit will be different based on where you are camping and hiking.
Trips at altitude, near marine environments or canyoning, and desert
trekking each have unique needs that would require you augment your kit
Below is a “basic kit list,” to which you can add on as your number
of adventurers, length of trip, level of training, or destination
dictate. An asterisk marks items that you might include for your
week-long trip. For your overnight, you can feel comfortable paring down
Much of this can be bought at local pharmacies, “feed and seed” stores, grocery stores, or through online retailers.
Pick your vessel. You might be inclined to choose a
zippered nylon clamshell with organizer pouches or see-through dividers.
Or, if you are an ultralight hiker, you may choose waterproof zip-top
bags. For paddling trips, dry bags or dry cases may be preferred if you
can keep the inside dry (but I wouldn’t want to haul a dry box on a
mountaineering trip!) Regardless of your outside package, it is worth
the extra few minutes to compartmentalize your contents by thought-
something that makes sense to you, like: big wounds; little wounds and
blisters; common pills (like ibuprofen); uncommon pills (like GI meds);
etc. I use a vacuum sealer when I am more worried about water seepage or
risk management (this makes it inevitable to see if something’s been
used, and then program managers know to seek out an incident report or
Have a great trip!
*This assumes your survival gear (the rest of the ten essentials) is packaged elsewhere.
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