First Aid Kit
I think one of the most overlooked components of a kit or expedition is the First Aid kit. All to often (and sometimes even myself), I see a First Aid kit that is just tremendously lacking. You know the ones I'm talking about - the bag that has 600 band-aids, medication that is dissolved or none at all, the trainer EpiPen, hand sanitizer to clean wounds, etc. I think we see the words "First Aid" and we trick ourselves into thinking we have a medical bag ready to roll. After all, what are the chances something could go wrong?
It is important that everyone on the team, and especially the guides, know these bags and its contents. Always do a pre-departure briefing with your team and/or guides.
On our jungle expeditions, we carry two First Aid kits.
1 - Fully loaded kit that stays at base camp - broken into 4 color coded categories.
2 - Smaller one that goes everywhere the group travels.
This smaller bag goes everywhere the guide goes. It includes specific items needed in an emergency, however in the event of a serious emergency, our goal is to get back to base camp where the main medical bag is located then get them back to the city.
In it, we carry:
- Client Card - helpful questions to ask, medical stats, updates, etc.
- Medical flip-book - a great, go to reference for quick medical advice (you can pick these up on Amazon pretty cheap)
- Simple medications
- Basic wound care
- Blood Clot
- Foot care
This is a dry bag - important that your stuff stays dry.
You'll notice that everything is put inside plastic bags (unless we took them out for the picture). It is bad, bad practice to just throw stuff in a sack and go. During a first-aid event, organized stuff is the real deal. Also, it helps to keep your stuff dry.
RED Tag - Serious/Blood
- Wound cleaner/sterilization
ORANGE Tag - Misc. Gear
- Sam Splints
- Instant Ice Compress
- Extra Gear
GREEN Tag - Medications/Misc.
- Medications - stomach, Advil, Tylenol, antibiotic, etc.
- Trauma pak
- Water filtration (to clean wounds)
- Foot care
BLUE Tag - Breathing & EpiPen
Its a good idea to make sure that your EpiPen is good and up-to-date.
Have you seen the trick to get more than one dose from your EpiPen? Knowing this trick could be a life saver...!
There you go...that is our jungle kit. If you'd like a full breakdown of everything in our bag to help you plan and prepare your own kit, let us know and we will be happy to send you a full list.
Trek on, friends...trek on!