Preparing your first-aid kit

What should you put in a first-aid kit during a day hike or at night (with return to base camp every night), on not very remote trails?

Preparing the first aid kit

Always in your backpack, even for a short hike of just a few hours, the medical kit must be regularly checked. The basic content may solve a few small problems, or in case of more serious accidents, allow first aid while waiting for rescue. What should you put in a first-aid kit during a day hike or at night (with return to base camp every night), on not very remote trails?

To treat a wound

The most important thing is to wash it with plenty of water (water flask, river) and if possible with soap. Disinfectant should only be used on a clean wound. Cover it with sterile gauze supported by self-adhesive bandages, then consult a doctor when you return. Also include individual small bandages for blisters and a small pair of scissors.

For various injuries

Paracetamol for pain and fever. For diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, ask your pharmacist for the right product depending on your overall health.

backpack-essentials

The essentials to add to your bag

- a mobile phone (in a small airtight plastic bag, in case of rain)
- a few cereal bars,
- sun protection cream,
- toilet paper,
- safety pins,
- a knife,
- a survival blanket,
- a headlamp,
- a whistle,
- a candle and a lighter,
- a compass,
- a small cord
- mosquito repellent

Make sure to put all items in a small waterproof plastic bag.

For major accidents or if you have the slightest doubt: dial 112.

How to prepare your first aid kit? What to put in it for a safe hike?

Cloé

Hiking lover at Quechua

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