RE: [John Muir Trail] Re: first aid kit
Attached is a recommended First aid kit from the PCT (actually now that I look closer at the site I am not so sure it is "official" PCT). maybe yes/no? It contains most of what I take and weighs only 3 oz. (so they say). I'll be trying it on m y next trip.
First-aid kits don't need to be nearly as elaborate as store-bought kits often are. Below is a list of items we recommend for your first-aid kit. The total weight for these items is just under 3 oz. Be sure to add anything else to your kit that you think you'll need.
· 1/2 oz tube of triple antibiotic ointment - mainly used on broken blisters
· a small handful of Benadryl - used to control allergic reactions
· a small handful of Ibuprofen - to help with pain and swelling
· a few Imodium tablets - to control diarrhea and water loss (in case you drink foul water) until you can get to town
· a few disinfecting alcohol pads
· butterfly band-aids - to close cuts
· regular bandaids
· a small amount of gauze - to cover scrapes and blisters or to help fashion a splint
· 3 yards of duct tape - tape to hold the gauze on, fashion a splint, cover a blister, and repair gear
· a few safety pins (they are always good for something)
· any special medication you need for personal medical conditions
my renal function is a little off, so both ibuprofin and acetominophen
can be problematic as large amounts are not good for your kidneys. So
when I need to treat sore muscles, I alternate them and use each in
moderation, hoping to do as little damage to my kidneys as possible. The
best would be not using any, but then I wont sleep. If kidneys were not
a consideration, would just take ibuprofin with a little zantac. Totally
agree with having aspirin available, and I do carry it.
Reality is that the Sierras are much safer than the city, even without a
first aid kit. None of my adolescent patients or my mother in law are
driving there, so my chances of survival seem much better. There are
those marmots though....
- The ESSENTIAL item is 'second skin' or any other antiseptic liquid bandage product (Walgreens carries them) to cover scrapes, cuts, blisters, burns, etc.
Also, let me plug for injinji socks to prevent blisters forming in the first place.