First Aid Kit

First Aid Essentials For Trekking, Because Adventure May Hurt You But Monotony Will Kill You

“Life is nothing but a daring adventure.” Sounds logical? Well on this adventure, if you want to come out a winner you have to be prepared for the worse. This blog today is an extension of my blog on “Do’s and Don’ts while Trekking”. Let’s help you prepare an essential part of your backpack today. Yes, you got me absolutely right. It’s “First Aid Kit” time baby :P

I know! I know! Nothing has ever happened to you while you are on treks. You do not need medicines. You are physically very b. But as they say “Prevention is better than cure.” So “Not taking any chance” is what should be the attitude I am looking for here. Your First Aid Kit can include anything customised purely on the basis of your needs, location where you are going and whether you are solo or with a group. But here is a quick list of some essentials which is universal when it comes to preparing the checklist on the first place.

Kit – I know sounds obvious Right? :P But a lightweight and waterproof kit is must. It could be anything placed at your home. A money deposit bag could work out really well. It can be found very easily at most office supply stores.

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Medicines – Basic medicines which should be there:

  1. Ibuprofen (Advil) - It is a pain killer and is anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in fever and headache.
  1. Naproxen (Aleve) - It gives you relief from strains and overuse injuries. It reduces fever, pain and headache.
  1. Aspirin – Only if you are a heart patient. It prevents heart attack.
  1. Imodium - For curing dehydration (Obviously if water does not work.)
  1. Benadryl - For curing allergic reactions and can also act as a sleep aid.
  1. Cetirizine - For taking care of seasonal allergies. Again study the weather of the location before going there.


  1. Thermometer - To have a timely record of temperature in case of fever to see if it’s minor or would need medical attention.
  1. Scissors - A small medical scissors to cut medical tape, trim down gauze pads or remove dead skin from a wound.
  1. Sewing needle and Thread - In case the cut is too deep. This would give temporary recourse till the time you seek medical attention. But try this on only if you have some training in this.
  1. Cotton tip swabs - For removing foreign objects from eyes.
  1. Resealable bags - For carrying medicines.
  1. Sterile Gauze - It is good for the wounds that are too large for bandaids.
  1. Bandaids - There needs to be variety in this. Try to keep all the sizes available.
  1. Butterfly Bandage - Helpful in case of deep cuts as there is always a risk that the wound would reopen again and again. This bandage will help keep the skin tightly held together.
  1. Antiseptic towelettes - This is used for cleaning small wounds in order to avoid infection.
  1. Moleskin - This is used in preventing blisters. Simply cut and apply a section of it wherever you notice a hot spot.
  1. Aloe Vera Gel - Gives relief from minor burns.
  1. Paper and Pencil - To keep a record of what medication you have taken in case something goes wrong, it would help the doctors to diagnose the problem in short time.
  1. Antibiotic Cream - A sample size tube is sufficient if you are travelling solo.
  1. Water Purification tablets - In order to avoid any water borne infection. It can be anything as your preference such as Iodine tablets, Chlorine tablets etc.
  1. Oral Rehydration Salts - In order to avoid dehydration.

These are definitely the basics. You can always have your own additions as per your requirements. Just ask yourself some basic questions while preparing your First Aid Kit.

  1. Do I really need this thing?
  2. What would happen in case I don’t take it with me?
  3. Is there anything missing?

Prepare your checklist beforehand so that you don’t miss out on anything. So that’s it. What are you waiting for now? Just pack your stuff, keep your first-aid and go trekking. After all, “Life is too short to be sitting around miserable.” Go out, explore the nature. Who knows in this process, you find yourself too <3
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