Your Guide to First Aid Kit Essentials
Having your first aid kit in order is very important especially if you’re traveling alone or going on any climbing course or escapade. What to carry in your first aid kit and how to package it depends on some things such as:
Organize Your First Aid Kit Adequately: How you pack your kit ensures nothing valuable gets damaged as well as allowing you easy and quick access to things when needed urgently. Some critical guides to organizing your kit include:
- Color coding your items in your kit, for example having a red label on all your vomit components, green labels on your bruise components.
- Create a weatherproof drug log for all your medication to keep track of who is using it and for what reasons
- Train your team members on how to use the kit
- Create content lists for each compartment in your kit and its intended uses
- Protect your soft goods from moisture by sealing them in plastic or using mini ziplocks and freezer like packages
- Package and repackage your ointments into two-ounce wide mouth
- Package your liquids into two-ounce narrow mouth
Be Prepared For Various Problems: To build/pack an adequate first aid kit, you must always compile an in-depth list of problems that you may fall victim to that will require the help of your kit. You can split this catalog up into sections of significant life support problems and minor problems to have an idea of the issues you are likely to encounter and prioritize them. Here are major and minor problems you may face.
- Major Trauma Problems include but is not limited to Severe bleeding, vomiting, respiratory arrest, unstable spine injuries or No Pulse.
- Possible Minor Trauma Problems that you may encounter include wounds, blisters, infections and stable & unstable musculoskeletal injuries.
Design Your First Aid Kit According To Your Trip: At the end of the day what determines the size and equipment you pack in your first aid kit is the destination, the type of expedition you’re undertaking and how long this trip could last. If the trip is extensive, think of resupply routes. You should understand that first aid kits vary according to the bearer, for example, the first aid kits used by rescue teams tend to differ somewhat from those used by expeditions because expeditions carry their kits as a precaution while rescue teams carry their kits with the intention of having to use it. Your level of improvising also comes into play because as your ability to improvise increases, it decreases the size of your kit. You should also pay attention to any special needs you or those going on an expedition with you have and pack accordingly. This may include, for instance, including insulin for anyone who may have diabetes.
When it comes to first aid kits, never take for granted the power of research. You can for example google the place you seek to go to and the common accidents that befall people on expeditions there to prepare consciously.