Individual first-aid kits

Personal first-aid kits should be prepared for the individual’s potential requirements, and a suggested kit is listed in Table 35.2. Items from individual kits can be used to supplement the group kit if required. Some other important points include:

  • Personal medications should be carried in a separate container, clearly labelled with the drug name, circumstances indicating use, dosage, any possible reactions and expiry date. The leader and the group first aider should be advised if any member is carrying such medication.
  • For extended trips (more than 10 days) to very remote areas, your doctor may prescribe some drugs for allergic reactions, various infections, etc. which could be encountered on the trip. These will be for your personal use only.
  • Blister treatment kits are fairly expensive and are best kept for personal use.

Table 35.2 Suggested personal first-aid kits
  • One triangular bandage, with safety pin attached
  • Personal medications if required
  • One medium No. 14 wound dressing
  • 12 ‘Panadol Soluble’ tablets
  • One elasticised roller bandage (heavy weight - pink) 7. 5 cm or 10 cm wide with safety pin attached
  • Throat lozenges
  • UV sunscreen
  • Lip salve
  • Insect repellent
  • Some assorted adhesive dressing strips
  • Blister treatment kit
  • Notebook and pencil (not a pen)