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Personal Medical Kits for Expeditions

You've trained hard and prepared well for your expedition, so the last thing you want is to have it all derailed whilst on expedition by illness. We're in an unfortunate position whereby the odds may well be stacked against us on this factor thanks to the travel element that preludes the trek, and then the conditions and fatigue you'll experience on the trek.

On most expeditions it's unlikely you'll have access to a pharmacy, so you'll need to pack your own to help battle possible. It's well worth putting some effort into your personal medical kit so you have something to turn to should illness strike, and this short blog is designed to give you some prompts as to what you should pack.


Please note the below is just general advice to force thought and not a mandatory list. You need to know that you're OK to take any medication you pack, and also be well versed in the quantities you can consume. It is also worth ensuring the medication you buy can be taken into your destination country.




Painkillers

Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin


Cold & Flu

Powdered, drinkable sachets - Such as Lemsip

Cold & Flu Tablets

Vapo-rub, Nasal Inhaler

Throat Lozenges


Eyes & Nose

Eye drops

Nasal Saline (to prevent dryness due to cold air)


Digestive

Imodium, Dioralyte Replenishing Salts. Antacids


Cuts & Wounds

Plasters, Bandages, Tape, Blister Plasters, Foot tape


Other

Heartburn tablets, Electrolytes, Nail Clippers, Tweezers, Antihistamine

Any medication you're already taking or may need (Asthma pump)

K-Tape for Strapping Injuries

After Sun lotion


Further Medication requiring prescription you may consider asking your GP about

Diamox - for Altitude Sickness

Azithromycin - Stomach & Diarrhea antibiotic

Co-Amoxiclav - Chest & Wound antibiotic

Ciroflaxin - multi purpose Antibiotic


If you pack most of this you'll probably feel like you're carrying a small pharmacy, but it's better to be prepared for all eventualities. Time and time again we've seen people nip illness in the bud with some medication they've brought with them, meaning they've not had to suffer on throughout the whole trek with a cold or sore throat. If nothing else, you may just be able to help one of your trek mates when they fall sick!




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