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