A first aid kit is an essential piece of equipment on any gap year or backpack adventure. So here’s an expert guide on how to pack a first aid kit and what’s in it. A well-stocked kit is essential, but there is no need to go overboard.
You do not need to put a pack around that the average paramedic would be proud of. And you certainly do not need to carry around the entire storage cabinet of your local pharmacy. The best first aid kits are simple but varied and have a variety of bandages and equipment to handle the basics.
The most common form of mild injury is a cut or pasture. So it’s always a good idea to carry a handful of patches in a variety of sizes. It is not necessary to go overboard and bring so many that you could start your small field hospital.
A bandage is a piece of material that is used either to support a medical device such as a bandage or splint. When used with a dressing, the dressing is applied directly to a wound and a dressing is used to hold the dressing in place.
Basic crepe bandages are useful to keep small bandages clean and in place until you can get some medical help. Elastic bandages come in many different sizes and lengths. They can be supplied with metal clips or tape to secure it in place.
Ask your doctor to show you how to wrap the bandage. You can also wrap an elastic bandage around your knees, wrist, or elbows. An elastic bandage puts gentle, even pressure on the tissue around an injury to reduce pain and swelling. It also supports an injured area.
Antiseptic wipes are an absolute good in every good pack. No one wants a cut or wound to get infected and disinfectant wipes are perfect for cleaning before applying a bandage. Antiseptic wipes are a convenient way to sterilize the skin.
Antiseptic wipes are a single-use item that cleanses the skin without the risk of cross-contamination, as opposed to a whole bottle of potentially messy liquids. Each cloth is individually packaged so they can easily be carried in a bag, purse or even in small first aid kits.
It’s also a good idea to wear antibacterial creams like Neosporin for all the cuts and scratches you get. Globe triple antibiotic ointment can be used at home to prevent and treat minor skin injuries and infections caused by cuts, scratches, or burns.
This convenient and effective formula contains three active antibiotic ingredients to stop the growth of bacteria and reduce pain and inflammation. Triple Antibiotic Ointment is available over the counter. Cuts and minor injuries are never fun, but they are part of everyday life, so it’s best to be prepared!
Pain Relief Medication
A small pack of basic paracetamol or one of its associated brand names is usually sufficient. It does not have to be fancy, basically what you usually take for pain relief when you have a headache or mild pain.
The type of medication you need to treat your pain depends on what type of pain you have. For pain associated with inflammation, such as back pain or headache, acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory painkillers work best when the pain is caused by sensitive or damaged nerves, such as shingles or sciatica.