Safety and Survival

 

The First Aid Kit

First aid kits come in many shapes and sizes. You can buy them, or you can make your own kit. Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need. Include any personal items, such as medications.

Here are suggestions for the contents of a first aid kit:

# Activated Charcoal (use only if instructed by Poison Control Centre)
# Adhesive Tape
# Antiseptic Ointment
# Alcohol swabs, individually wrapped
# Band-Aids (assorted sizes)
# Space Blanket
# Cold and Hot Pack
# Disposable Latex Gloves
# Gauze Pads and Roller Gauze (assorted sizes)
# Hand Cleaner
# Plastic Bags
# Scissors and Tweezers
# Small Flashlight and Extra Batteries
# Triangular Bandage
# Burn aid gel
# Snake Bite kit
# Malaria Test kit
# Hypodermic Needles

Medications:
# Antibiotics
# Anti-diarrheal medication
# Antipyretics (fever reduction) medication
# Anti-inflammatory
# Anti-emetics (vomiting)
# Analgesics (Pain)
# Mild allergic reactions medication
# Rehydration Salts
# Epinephrine in the form of an Epi Pen to treat more serious allergic reactions that might otherwise be fatal.

Safety Items


# Leather Gloves
# Fire Extinguisher - Should be mounted in the vehicle in an easily accessible location.
# Tarp
# Flashlights/ Torch
# Matches / Lighter
# Water Purification Tablets
# Warning Tri-angle
# Basic Personal Essentials Water - At least four litres per person, per day if not more. Drier, hotter climates may require more. Remember: Alcohol doesn't hydrate. In fact alcoholic beverages dehydrate since it takes more water to metabolize alcohol than the beverage contains.
# Food - Bring food for twice the amount of time you are planning on being gone. Should you be delayed and have to spend a night out on the trail, you won’t have to worry about going hungry. Good ideas for trail food: trail mix, biltong, fruits, dry/canned food, etc.
# Extra Clothes - Nobody likes to sit in wet cloths for an extended period of time.
# Personal items - This includes toilet paper, anti- microbial hand cleaner, etc
# Sun block
# Rain Jacket
# Communication devices - Cell Phone, VHF or HF Radio, Sat phone
# Power inverter if necessary (e.g. Cell phone recharger, battery recharger for communication devices and camera)
# Trash bags - Keep your environment clean
# Maps, GPS co-ordinates and information about the area
# Compass or GPS

Survival - Seasonal Specific

Winter

# Extra clothing
# Warm outer layers (jacket, wind breaker)
# Head gear (warm beanie, hooded jacket)
# Emergency blanket (compact survival type)

Summer

# Sun Block
# Insect repellent
# Sunglasses