They Say – The Solo Traveller First Aid Kit has been designed with the adventurous, independent traveller in mind and is ideal for extended trips to remote locations by one person. This kit combines all the basics for treating minor and some more serious injuries with a full set of sterile medical equipment, including needles and syringes.
- 1 x Primary Care Leaflet
- 1 x Sterile Information Card
- 1 x Scalpel (1cm blade)
- 2 x 2ml Syringes
- 2 x 5ml Syringes
- 1 x 10ml Syringe
- 1 x Hypodermic Needle (19G) 1.1 x 40mm White
- 2 x Hypodermic Needles (21G) 0.8 x 40mm Green
- 2 x Hypodermic Needles (23G) 0.6 x 30mm Blue
- 1 x Hypodermic Needle (25G) 0.5 x 25mm Orange
- 1 x IV Cannula (18G) 1.3 x 45mm
- 6 x Safety Pins
- 1 x Scissors (5.5cm Blade)
- 1 x Tweezers
- 1 x Spot Check Thermometer
- 2 Pairs Vinyl Gloves
- 16 x Paracetamol Tablets
- 6 x Loperamide Tablets
- 16 x Ibuprofen Tablets
- 2 x Open Woven Bandages 7.5cm x 5m
- 1 x Crepe Bandage 5cm x 4.5m
- Preparations, Disposables & Tapes
- 6 x Hygienic Cleansing Wipes
- 1 x Micropore Tape 1.25cm x 5m
- 1 x Synthetic Suture 2.4 x 7.5cm
- 5 x 4-Ply Gauze Swabs 5 x 5 cm
- 1 x Zinc Oxide Tape 1.25 cm x 5m
- 1 x Duct Tape 2m Roll
- 1 x Pack of Assorted Plasters
- 6 x Wound Closure Strips
- 1 x Medium Wound Dressing 12 x 12cm
- 2 x Low Adherent Dressings 5 x 5cm
- 1 x Small Plaster Fabric Strip 4cm x 1m
We Say – I do hope I never have to write about how useful this kit has been. I’ve got it here to take with us on our extended tours next year. There’ll be two of us, but I went for this one person kit for space saving reasons and because it seemed to have everything I could envisage needing. Also, it’s just a precaution. I personally wouldn’t have a clue how to use syringes/what to put in them, or any of the other sterile instruments, and it’s unlikely that if I were to get into an accident the hospital staff treating me/us are going to wait until they fetch our medical kit before they start work on us. But, you never know what the situation may be, and it’s good to be prepared. If it comes to pass that either of us need injections and this kit is handy, then it’s going to be worth it’s weight in gold.
So, what I can say is that in my 30 years experience of backpacking I have built up an idea of what’s useful on the road from a medical kit point of view, and this kit has it all. And it’s all packed away in labelled pockets, which is handy. When I’m sick I often can’t think totally straight so it’s good to have your medical stuff well marked up to prevent you getting angry/tired as you try to sort yourself out.
The sterile items have a 5 year sell by date on them, so this kit will serve us for a number of expeditions, I hope.
If you get this kit yourself it’s worth taking 20 minutes to take all the components out onto the floor, familiarise yourself with what you’ve got and where it is. I couldn’t find the thermometer and primary care leaflet at first, but there’s a couple of pockets that aren’t initially visible – they’re on the back of the ‘sterile’ flap – and that’s where they were stashed.
I’m happy I’ve got this kit. It’s logically compiled, the components are easy to access and the carry case seems robust. It’s very compact, approx 9 inches wide by 6 high by 3 thick, and the components fit into their set pocket easily – you won’t have any issues putting stuff back after use – with the flaps being velco fastened.
UPDATE; We took the kit on the road, and luckily never needed it. The kit was easy to carry though and didn’t mind being bashed about, as you’d expect anything to be if it’s in your rucksack for months on end. So, we’re happy with the kit, it’s sturdy and seems to have all we need, let’s hope we continue never to find out though!
To see this First Aid Kit online -Â https://www.lifesystems.co.uk/product/first-aid-kits/travel/solo-traveller