Updated: Oct 12, 2021
This is a living document... every group and every outdoor guide/leader will have their own preferences, but this is a good start.
It is recommended not to use the very basic kits one can purchase in stores.
It is also recommended that leaders and guides check the contents of both the repair and first aid kits before heading out into the field. Despite good intentions or procedures, it's you that's stuck out there with someone who's sick or wounded, and too often these kits go unused for weeks, months or even years.
Check for first aid expiry dates as well!
What do I need for my Remote Area First Aid Kit?
The contents will vary, depending on your specific trip, duration, number of participants, personal preferences, company policies, etc. This is a basic kit for 5 days with a group of 12. You may need to add more quantities for longer trips or higher numbers.
First Aid Kit Contents:
4 x triangular bandages (large cotton)
2 x roller bandages (7.5 cm x 2.3m)
2 x conforming bandages (5 cm x 1.5 cm)
2 x wound dressings (size 14) or unscented sanitary napkins
10 x sterile dressings (10cm by 10 cm) eg. Melolin
5 x sterile dressings (5cm x 5cm) eg Melolin
1 x flexible dressing strip (7.5cm x 50 cm) eg Elastoplast
10 x bandaids
2 x wound closures (10 x 6mm x 10cm) eg Steri Strip
2 x gauze swabs ( packet of 5 )
10 x cotton buds
1 x non allergenic dressing tape ( 25 mm x 1 m ) eg Micropore
5 x saline solution ( 30 ml )
1 tincture of benzoin (25ml)eg “friars balsam ”
1 x betadine liquid (15 ml )
1 x aloe vera gel ( 30 gm ) eg Aloe Aid
Nurofen, Paracetemol, aspirin
18 x glucose tablets eg Glucodin
1 x universal scissors ( super shears )
1 x wound dressing scissors ( sharp / blunt 12.5 cm )
Extras you might need for your first aid kit:
1 x tweezers
1 x disposable razor CPR pocket mask
Ventolin inhaler & Spacer
1 x splinter probe
1 x syringe ( 20 ml )
10 x alcohol swabs
Sunblock SPF 30 +
6prs x surgical latex gloves
1 x thermometer
6 x safety pins
4 x plastic bags ( 16 cm x 17 cm ) eg Glad Ziploc
1 x aluminium foil ( 20 cm x 20 cm )
1 x fixomull (1metre x 10cm wide)
3 x patient monitoring and vital signs charts and 1 x pencil
What you need for a First Aid Splint Kit:
2 x Sam Splint
Blister Kit best kept in a small stuff sack in the top of your pack
Webbing (“tape”), cord
"Compeed" or "Spenco" second skin
Closed cell foam
wood cutting saw
A Handy Quick Fix Kit item for remote
scissors (small dressing)
sports tape (3.8 cm x 13 m)
Sticky plasters & various dressings
Nurofen, Paracetemol, aspirin
Blister kit (see above)
The last thing you want is to be stuck in a remote area, with an injured member or your group. Make sure you always have your Remote First Aid kit on hand.
Have we left anything off of our remote first aid list?
Let us know so we can add it on!
For more information about remote first aid kits and the Mitta Mitta River, contact us at Friends Of The Mitta.
Friends Of The Mitta
c/o Jeffe Aronson
124 Callaghans Rd
Anglers Rest, Victoria 3898
03 5159 7252
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