We must carry a basic kit that covers the small health problems that we may have (we or the people who accompany us) during the route. The medicine cabinet has to be easily identifiable since if we are the ones who have the mishap and need help from another person, that person must be able to find it easily. For this same reason, it is not convenient to carry loose things for different sections of the backpack. The kit itself should be carried in a plastic bag in the backpack, to prevent it from getting wet for any reason.
- As container: a canvas bag or sturdy material, or small hard case, easily identifiable as a first aid kit. Here you have many options, they are usually quite cheap. Consider the dimensions. For hiking (departures of a few hours) we can carry a small first aid kit, which does not take up much space in our backpack.
- A pair of sterile gauze bags
- Elastic compression bandages / adhesive bandage
- Tough adhesive plaster (cloth)
- Antiseptic (a small bottle of betadine or crystalline )
- Some latex gloves . They occupy very little and will allow us to treat a wound minimizing the risk of infection
- Antihistamine for possible insect bites (for example bite bar)
- 2-3 single-dose saline solution (to clean wounds, wash eyes …)
- A small clamp and small scissors
- Optionally, eye drops
- Some mild analgesic (paracetamol, ibuprofen)
- Urbasón (it is highly recommended to take it if there is someone allergic to bites, for example for very violent reactions to wasp stings, etc. .. Consult your doctor)
- Adhesive stitches
- A thermal blanket (which can go outside the kit, but it should be taken)
The kits must be reviewed and replenished content periodically, since they include material that expires or will be spent if we use it on occasion.