Trekking or Hiking is an ultimate experience of a lifetime, and adventure enthusiasts understand what it is like to be walking into the unknown. With time they become familiar with the do’s and don’ts of an adventure expedition. Here is something you always put into your checklist for a smooth and safe trip to the mountains.
If you’re heading into the wilderness, one of the first things to backpack is a hiking first aid kit.
We have seen hikers carrying their medical kits that would definitely put a paramedic to shame. And then there are some walkers, armed with nothing, carrying that ‘nothing ever happens to me’ frame of mind.
But first aid box is one of the most essential things to mark a triple-check on and need to have noted down things in it.
A comprehensive checklist to create the best first aid kit for hiking and trekking tours in India Nepal or anywhere in the world includes:
Pack for Basic Care
When it comes to backpacking, your medical kit has an array of choices, so go simple way and collect around ten items. If you’re confused, you can even look for a pre-packaged personal first aid kit. But packing your own must-have items is crucial like:
- Antiseptic Wipes
- Antibacterial Ointment
- Medical Tape
- Gauze pads
- Blister Treatment cream or medicine
- Insect sting cream
- Non-stick pads
- Safety pins
- Ibuprofen or other doctor-recommended pain killers
- Allergic Reactions general Medications
People do prefer pre-packaged kits with all the basic supplements. But you would likely need some of the items in the kit. If you have allergies, then you know you need Epi-pen. But there might be possibilities that items you need are not there in the pre-packed kits. Prepare the kit so that you’re familiar with each item.
Comprehensive Kits Must Have
It is better to be safe and ready for uncertainties. Comprehensive kits are ideal for trekkers who aim for long expeditions like trekking tours in Nepal. It can either be a 15 day trek to the Everest Base Camp or a combination of a short trek like Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking Tours with Annapurna Base Camp trekking tours. Whatever may be the itinerary, the first aid box should include all the basic items that may come handy during times of distress.
In addition to the above items, add these to your following list.
Medications or Treatments
- Eye drops
- Hand sanitizer
- Asprin, Ibuprofen, and Epi-pen
- Rehydration Salts
- Water purifying tablets
- Prescribed medications, if any
- Anti-diarrheal pills
- Poison oak/ivy treatment
Bandages/Warps or Wound Coverings
- Bandage: Liquid, Triangular
- Cleansing Pads
- Splint: Finger, Hand
- Gauze: Rolled and Blood-stopping
- Elastic Wrap
Tool, Supplies, Personal Care
- Toilet Hygiene- Toilet Roll, Toilet Seat Sanitizer
- Portable Female Urination Device, if needed
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Multi-Tool: Pocket Knife or Swiss Knife
- Bug Spray
- CPR Mask
- Cotton Swabs
- Duck Tape
This extensive list has a lot of items. But if you’re traveling with a group or a couple of friends, then it is easy to carry. Divide items between all and save yourself from extra baggage weight.
Tip Note: At the same time, you can also consider the ultra-light backpacking method. Instead of eliminating items from the above list, pack smartly. Carry half tube of ointment or pack medication tablets as per the day instead of carrying whole pack, etc.
Evaluate each item and smartly pack those you need.
Have a safe and thrilling trekking trip!!!