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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The thing between your earsResearch beforehand the conditions, identify risks, make conservative decisions, & respect your limits. Also, be resourceful when a first aid situation occurs -- you can't plan for everything.CriticalCritical
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MEDICATIONS
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Ibuprofen (Advil)Pain relief and anti-inflammatory; fever and headache reducer. NSAID. Potential allergen.SuggestedSuggested
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Acetaminophen (Tylenol)Pain relief; fever and headache reducer. Substitute for NSAID, or combine for extra relief.OptionalSuggested
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AspirinHeart attack prevention. Need correlates to age and health of individual(s).DependsDepends
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Loperamide (Imodium)Antidiarrheal. Can be a trip-saver: improves comfort, prevents dehydration.SuggestedSuggested
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Herbal laxativeGI back-up is common after long flights & drives to trailheads. Alt: laxative pills or powders.DependsSuggested
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Ranitidine (Zantac)Fast-acting heart burn relief. Usually a known issue beforehand. Alt: Tums.DependsSuggested
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Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)Anti-histamine, for acute allergic reactions. Doubles as a sleep aid - same drug & dosage.SuggestedSuggested
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Cetirizine (Zyrtec)Non-drowsy relief from seasonal allergies. Alt: Zyrtec-D or Loratadine (Claritin).DependsDepends
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Epinephrine injection (EpiPen)For known anaphylaxis reaction to bee sting, peanuts, etc. Rx only; use needs physician okay.DependsDepends
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Caffeine (No-Doz)Prefer coffee, but pill is fast & effective. Full pill can be very strong; try quarter or half.OptionalSuggested
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WOUNDS & INJURIES
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Bandages (Band-Aids)Run-of-the-mill cuts & scrapes. Assorted sizes & finger/knuckle. Breathable fabric longer-lasting.SuggestedSuggested
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Skin closures (Steri-Strips)Substitute for stitches. Practice beforehand - need to get these right.SuggestedSuggested
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Sawyer ChitoSAM Active DressingFast-acting blood clotter for severe bleeding from knife, firearm, fall, etc. Alt: Celox granules. DependsDepends
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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 clothing.OptionalSuggested
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Triple antibiotic (Neosporin) Fights infection. Single-use packets or squeeze tube. More critical on longer trips.OptionalSuggested
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Nitrile disposable glovesPrevent body fluid transmission and wound contamination, from group member or stranger.OptionalSuggested
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Leukotape PMore adhesive than med tape. Put 12-in strips on discarded mail label paper. In group, add roll.SuggestedSuggested
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Cloth tapeVery versatile. Stabilize joints & secure bandages. Alt: Leukotape roll.OptionalOptional
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Benzoin tinctureImprove adhesiveness of bandages & tapes. Store in dropper bottle. More critical for foot care.SuggestedSuggested
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Bonnie's BalmCombat chafing, but not a substitute for regular butt-washing. Double-duty for foot care.SuggestedSuggested
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TOOLS
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Scissors Cut tapes, gauze, clothing, cord, etc. Solo: Victorinix Classic. Group: Fiskars Blunt Tip, 5-inSuggestedSuggested
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Precision tweezersFor splinters, ticks, cactus needles, etc. For tick-infested areas, consider additional tick ring.SuggestedSuggested
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Hand sanitizerFor hands, tools, and possibly wounds. Decant into 1 oz bottle. Alt: Dr. Bronner's + water.SuggestedSuggested
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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.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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