First Aid, Foot Care & Repair Kits
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BACKPACKING FIRST AID KIT
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Item: Generic (Common Name)Description & PurposeSolo KitGroup Kit
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DON'T FORGET
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Your brainMany first aid situations can be avoided by knowing likely conditions & risks, making conservative decisions, and respecting your limits & those of your group. In other words, be smart out there!CriticalCritical
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MEDICATIONS
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Ibuprofen (Advil)Pain relief and anti-inflammatory; fever and headache reducer. NSAID. Potential allergen.SuggestedCritical
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Acetaminophen (Tylenol)Pain relief; fever and headache reducer. Substitute for NSAID, or combine for extra relief.Either/or with NSAIDSuggested
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AspirinHeart attack prevention. Need correlates to age and health of individual(s).ContingentContingent
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Loperamide (Imodium)Antidiarrheal. Can be a trip-saver: improves comfort, prevents dehydration.CriticalCritical
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LaxativeGI back-up is common after long flights/drives to TH. Good results with Smooth Move.ContingentCritical
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Famotidine (Pepcid)Fast-acting heart burn relief. Usually a known issue beforehand. Alt: Tums.ContingentContingent
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Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)Anti-histamine, for acute allergic reactions. Doubles as a sleep aid - same drug & dosage.CriticalCritical
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Cetirizine (Zyrtec)Non-drowsy relief from seasonal allergies. Alt: Zyrtec-D or Loratadine (Claritin).ContingentContingent
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Epinephrine injection (EpiPen)For anaphylaxis reaction to bee sting, peanuts, etc. Rx only; requires physician approval.ContingentContingent
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Caffeine (No-Doz)Prefer coffee, but pill is fast & effective. 100 mg a proper dose for most; 200 mg can be too much.OptionalSuggested
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WOUNDS & INJURIES
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Bandages (Band-Aids)Ideal for minor cuts & scrapes. Bring assorted sizes, including finger/knuckle. Alt: gauze + tape.SuggestedSuggested
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Skin closures (Steri-Strips)Substitute for stitches. Practice beforehand - need to apply them effectively.SuggestedCritical
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QuikClot Clotting GauzeFast-acting blood clotter for severe bleeding from knife, firearm, fall, etc. Alt: Celox granules. ContingentContingent
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Krazy GluePart of repair kit. Quickly seals cracked skin on fingers & feet. Avoid more extensive use.SuggestedSuggested
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Roll gauzeDressings & DIY bandages. 2-in roll is functional, compact. Alt: gauze pads or spare clothing.OptionalCritical
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Triple antibiotic (Neosporin) Fights infection + protects wound. Single-use packets rec'd if solo. More critical on longer trips.OptionalSuggested
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Nitrile disposable glovesPrevent body fluid transmission and wound contamination, from group member or stranger.OptionalCritical
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Cloth tapeVery versatile. Stabilize joints & secure bandages. Avoid plastic tape, not as sticky or tough.OptionalCritical
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Benzoin tinctureImprove adhesiveness of bandages & tapes, esp in wet conditions. Great for foot care, too.OptionalSuggested
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3-inch elastic bandageStretchy & compressive wrap for injuries, splints. Rarely need in group, but very thankful to have.UnnecessarySuggested
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TOOLS
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Scissors Cut tapes, gauze, clothing, cord, etc. Solo: Victorinix Classic. Group: Fiskars Blunt Tip, 5-inCriticalCritical
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Precision tweezersFor splinters, ticks, cactus needles, etc. Cosmetic tweezers not as functional.CriticalCritical
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Hand sanitizerFor hands, tools, and possibly wounds. Decant into 1 oz bottle. Alt: Dr. Bronner's + water.SuggestedCritical
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Tick keyFully remove embedded tick from skin. Alt: Twieezers.ContingentContingent
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WORTH CONSIDERATION, BUT DOES NOT MAKE MY CUT
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Naproxen (Aleve)Take this or iburpfen. Need less naproxen, b/c it's longer lasting. Not as fast-acting though.UnnecessaryUnnecessary
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Sleep aidSame active ingredient & dosage as OTC med for acute allergy relief, diphenhydramine (Benadryl).UnnecessaryUnnecessary
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Transparent film (Tegaderm)Super Band-Aid: waterproof, see-through, barrier. Reundant with bandages & tape, usually overkill.UnnecessaryUnnecessary
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Irrigation syringe Clean dirt, rocks, & organic matter out of wounds. Improvise with H20 bottle. Also consider: Q-tips.UnnecessaryUnnecessary
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Self-adherent tape (Coban)Stabilize joints, secure bandages, protect skin. Stretchy, reusable. Redundant with tapes + ACE.UnnecessaryUnnecessary
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Triangular dressingSling or stabilize bones or joints. Need is unlikely. Can be improvised with clothing & gear.UnnecessaryUnnecessary
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CPR maskProtects rescuer. Lightweight but bulky; low chance of use; can be improvised with glove.UnnecessaryUnnecessary
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SAM splintA nice-to-have for unlikely injury. Alt: MacGyver one from poles, pads, clothing, cord.UnnecessaryUnnecessary
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