Adventure tip No.1: Never leave home without a first aid kit. Tip No. 2: Make sure the kit is waterproof. Adventure Medical Kits’ Ultralight/Watertight .9 covers all the bases, understanding that there’s little worse than trying to make wet bandages stick in a bind. It’s been tested and approved by adventure racers, so it can take abuse from a range of outdoor activities – skiing, camping, hiking and even rafting. Designed to protect one to four people for up to four days, its packaging features an outer seam-sealed silicon-nylon case and two inner liners to ensure contents stay dry and ready to use.
And it won’t bog you down or get in the way. Weighing only 12 ounces and measuring 10 inches by 10.25 inches by 3 inches, the kit has just what you need. It includes medication for pain, inflammation, allergies, diarrhea and stomach trouble; supplies to clean and close wounds, including irrigation syringe and closure strips; a variety of wraps and bandages to support broken bones and control bleeding; mole-skin patches for blisters and hotspots; and the old standby: a roll of mini duct tape.
Available at REI stores and Eastern Mountain Sports. Also available online at the manufacturer’s website, www.adventuremedicalkits.com. Price is $36.