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What's in your first aid kit?

Year of past OR future Camino
(SJPP - Finisterre)
Just looking for ideas about what people specifically bring that constitutes their first aid kit, as last year it occurred to me mine was seriously lacking, and, although I'm an ultra-light hiker, I want to do better this year.

So what did you bring, and for what purpose?

Thanks in advance for your insight!
 
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Ian Afloat

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF July 25th 2017 from SJPDP
This is what I'm taking:
Gauze
Bandage
Germoline
Antihistamine cream
Plasters
Micropore tape
Ibuprofen
Antiseptic wipes
 

Kanga

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Staff member
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Mine has:
Scissors
Tweezers
Sewing needles
Antiseptic wipes
Tape (Micropore or similar)
A few antibiotic, antihistamine and ibuprofen tablets (enough to get to a doctor or pharmacy)
Gel lined toe tubes (for husband's toe blisters - I'm kind)
Anti-fungal/anti-bacterial cream
 

jsalt

Jill
Year of past OR future Camino
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Very small amounts of:
Plasters
Blister Plasters (Compeed)
Moleskin (for “hot spots”)
Anadin
Actifed (for hayfever)
Rennies
Immodium
Ibuprofen
Betadine (antiseptic cream)
Bandages (a couple of small ones)
Voltaren Cream (a small tube)
 

Liz444

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2014
Camino Portuguese 2015
Finisterre / Muxia 2015
Much the same as Ian Afloat, except we always have a triangular bandage in the kit.
Can be used as:
a simple bandage
a sling
a tourniquet
eye bandage
pad for a wound
a bandana
shade from the sun
wet it and wear it around the neck in hot weather
a strap or makeshift belt and I'm sure many other improvisations if needed
 
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Jan Gerritsen

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Just looking for ideas about what people specifically bring that constitutes their first aid kit, as last year it occurred to me mine was seriously lacking, and, although I'm an ultra-light hiker, I want to do better this year.

So what did you bring, and for what purpose?

Thanks in advance for your insight!

You started of with the right question; What to bring for what purpose. In general there are two types of incidents that your first aid kit should be prepared for:


Accidents: dog bites, heavy fall, sprained ankle, etc.

Suggestions to carry: field dressing, compression bandage.

Purpose: temporary fix so you can get professional help (when needed) or to get to the next accommodation to think about the impact of your injury on your pilgrimage


Inconveniences: blisters, cuts, etc.

Suggestions to carry: safety pin for draining blister, iodine, adhesive bandage, tape.

Purpose: being able to deal with an inconvenience when it occurs; buy additional supplies as needed at local pharmacy.


Also bring a pain killer, pair of scissors and a thermometer.


What to bring of course depends on experience: when you get blisters easily, or get sore feet, hips etc; bring more supplies to deal with them.
 

David

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
all of the above! Plus some Dioralyte sachets – fast replacement of body salts and liquid for those with diarrhoea or exhaustion or dehydration.
 

Peter Fransiscus

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Year of past OR future Camino
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Just looking for ideas about what people specifically bring that constitutes their first aid kit, as last year it occurred to me mine was seriously lacking, and, although I'm an ultra-light hiker, I want to do better this year.

So what did you bring, and for what purpose?

Thanks in advance for your insight!
Hi, the things I bring are,
tape , small bottle of alcohol and
needles for blisters (never needed those items only for helping others )
some pain killers .
That's it, when you need something else
you can go to a farmacie.
Wish you well and a Buen Camino, Peter.
 
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