Individual first aid kit for trekking to Everest

Tatonka First Aid L; collecting a large first aid kit for a hike

A first aid kit for a hike should be collected by one of the members of the tourist group, who has experience and complete data on all members of the group. It is impossible to foresee all the nuances, but the consequences can be minimized if certain rules are followed when collecting the first aid kit.


Preparations that relieve headaches and toothaches, pain from bruises and abrasions must be put in the first-aid kit first. It is better that they are not of one type, but it is easy to choose from proven and well-known medicines:

  • Analgin.
  • Baralgin.
  • Novocain.
  • Ketanov.
  • Tramal.

Problems can arise only with the last drug, which is dispensed strictly by prescription.


There is an opinion that it is not necessary to include antibiotics in a first-aid kit, because the chance of catching a disease that will require their use is rather small in nature. In addition, most antibiotics are drunk on a multi-day course, it is better to do it at home and most of them work only against a certain type of disease. But putting a package, for example Sumamed, will not be superfluous. This drug has a wide spectrum of action, it is taken one tablet per day and its course lasts only three days.


Antipyretics, on the contrary, are mandatory, because a rise in temperature can occur for many reasons, from a common cold to a bite of a poisonous animal or insect. You should also choose from well-known drugs:

  • Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid).
  • Ibuprofen.
  • Paracetamol.

But it should be remembered that it is necessary to bring down the elevated temperature with medicines only in those cases when it begins to approach the maximum indicators.


Hiking in the highlands requires a fairly generous use of medicines. Of course, the instructor will have a huge group first-aid kit (about one and a half kilograms), but even these supplies may not be enough. Therefore, each participant in trekking to Everest Base Camp must have an individual first aid kit. Here is its approximate composition:

Of course, in addition to the above funds, you can and should take other medicines. First of all, these should be medicines for your specific diseases. Indeed, at a high altitude, the body experiences tremendous stress, from which chronic sores wake up very quickly. In addition, you can take your usual favorite medicines. What do you usually treat colds, pains, disorders.

Even if you try not to abuse your medications and don't take anything like that at home, this is not a reason not to take medications to the Himalayas. A significant proportion of tourists do not reach Everest and are evacuated by helicopter to Kathmandu hospitals. Sometimes it looks like a military operation. And in my opinion, in the fight against height, it is important to use every chance to help the body. Including - to support it pharmacologically.

Now let's take a closer look at what we have recommended for you:

At high altitude, the sun doesn't just burn - it burns through and through. Even Sherpas, accustomed to the mountain sun, walk around with burnt faces. And Nepalese ultraviolet light can turn the newly arrived "pale-faced" into smoking coals. Starting from an altitude of about 3000 meters, you need to apply sunscreen even if it is cloudy outside. And if you have to go out on the snow on a sunny afternoon, then the precautions should be extraordinary.

Personally, I take a small tube of cream with SPF 100 on the trek to Everest. Yes, there are some! There are even creams with more than a hundred SPF. A small 80 ml tube with a head is enough to smear your face and hands every day. And I try not to show the sun any other parts of my body at high altitudes.

Lips, especially exposed to mountain ultraviolet radiation. If you do not take action, then they will crack in the most eerie way and you will not be able to not only smile, but also swear out loud. And you will want to swear)))

I'll tell you that it is inconvenient to smear your lips with sunscreen (which is for the skin). More precisely, it is terribly tasteless - the cream tastes like gouache (zinc white). Therefore, it is better to immediately abandon the experiments and buy lipstick before going to Nepal.

Men !! This also applies to you. Feel free to lipstick. I myself use a semi-liquid lip balm in a tube. It tastes better and is easier to apply to chapped lips.

I suggest using ibuprofen as a remedy for altitude sickness headaches. It is he who is sold in Namche Bazar (the capital of the Sherpas) when you ask for “something from the head”. And there, I think, they know a lot about headaches. And the experience of the treatment of our tourists shows that ibuprofen more often than other drugs (citramone, analgin ...) helped with headaches at altitude.

Getting the first aid kit right is a must before any trip. Cuts, abrasions, bruises always happen in nature. Colds and abdominal pains with fever - every other time. We hope that ammonia, a tourniquet and a tire will not have to be used. But you have to be ready.

Today we are putting together a first-aid kit for a multi-day hike for a group of tourists of 8-10 people. We pack all the medicines, medical supplies and instruments necessary according to the list in a large first-aid kit Tatonka First Aid L.

Overview of Tatonka First Aid L (Large)

Tatonka First Aid L is an oversized travel first aid kit of a well-known German brand. Bright, noticeable in a tent, in a backpack, and among things.

Dimensions: 27 cm x 18 cm x 8 cm. Spacious, suitable for a weekly hike for a group of tourists of 8-10 people. Weight (without filling): 200 g

Base material: 420 HD Nylon (versatile 420 denier polyamide material, high strength and waterproof).

We look closely at the zipper around the perimeter. Familiar letters YKK, Japanese world leader in the production of zippers.

Behind the first aid kit - loops for attaching to a belt. Made of hypalone, a heavy-duty material patented by DuPont (together with nylon, teflon, neoprene, kevlar, etc.). These are the most durable elements of a first-aid kit: nylon will break through in years, and only then - hypalon.

We look inside, evaluate fittings and seams. Made to last.

The first-aid kit is conveniently folded out, has many pockets inside.

By the way, it turns out that since 1905, you cannot use a red cross on a white background on first-aid kits. Since this symbol is the emblem of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and its misuse is prohibited. Therefore, today most kits are marked with a white cross on a green background.

Putting together a first aid kit for a hike

You are going on a hike, it will take place far from settlements and hospitals. And in order for the hike to go smoothly, you need to have a first aid kit with you, which will help you cope with some situations on your own.

Not every trip will have a doctor in your group, so you must collect the first aid kit yourself and know the actions of the drugs that you need. Usually, during the trip, the first-aid kit is at the head of the group, but each tourist should also have an individual medical package with him. The presence of an individual first-aid kit for everyone will greatly facilitate the life of all participants in the hike, and an extra plaster will never hurt.

1. Patch. You will need a minimum of 20 records or one roll with a fabric backing.

2. Bandage: sterile, non-sterile, individual dressing bag (1 pc.).

3. Elastic bandage (1 pc.). Hydrogen peroxide, iodine (it is better to choose in plastic packaging or in the form of a felt-tip pen).

4. Cold medicine ("Grippostad C", "TeraFlu", "Aflubin", etc.).

5. Activated carbon (for two applications at the rate of one tablet per 1 kg of weight).

6. Pain reliever and antipyretic medicine, headache medicine (Citramon).

7. Sunscreen for hiking with long sun transitions,

8. Tablets for "sea" or "mountain" sickness for outings on the water and in the mountains, respectively.

9. Medicines that you personally need (medicines prescribed by your doctor).

What should be included in a general first aid kit

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