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First Aid Kit Small waterproof personal First Aid kit for treating injuries
and ailments. Suggested contents:

1 Crepe Elasticated Bandage 10cms wide × 4.5m, for support of joint and bandaging wounds.
1 Wound Dressing. Pad with bandage attached, pad size 13cm × 9cm minimum, for controlling bleeding in large wound.
1 Pack Waterproof Adhesive Plasters. Assorted sizes for minor cuts and grazes, including two plasters large enough for elbow / knee and 2 large H-shaped for heel.
1 Triangular Bandage for sling, head bandage, as pad for control of bleeding or cold compress.
2 Bandage Clips. Elastic / metal clips for securing bandages or for closing gaping wound.
4 Antiseptic Wipe Sachets. (Non alcohol) to clean dirty grazes.
1 Packet Chiropody Felt (moleskin) for blisters and "hot spots".
1 Pair Scissors to cut clothing etc. if required.
1 Pair Tweezers (oblique tipped) to remove splinters, thorns, stings, ticks etc.
1 Small Tube TCP / Savlon Ointment for bites, stings, cuts etc and to smother ticks.
1 Small Packet Toilet Paper for hygiene and comfort if "caught short".
Seek doctor's or pharmacists' advice before including the following:
Ibuprofen Tablets to relieve pain; head, tooth, back or muscular.
Aspirin Tablets for pain / inflammation and for suspected heart attack (check for allergy).
Aconite Tablets (homeopathic) for shock, fear and panic. Has good psychological effect.
Arnica Tablets (homeopathic) for bruising - give as soon as possible after injury.

Take a look through the
First Aid manual
to find out what to do with all these bits and pieces!

Whistle Plastic, emergency use only. Keep on neck cord with compass. If help
needed give SIX short blasts repeated at one minute intervals - but any
whistle blastsor shouts in hills may be emergency. Answering signal when
responding to emergency is THREE short whistle blasts repeated at one
minute intervals.
Message Kit Sealable plastic waterproof bag containing label or card and pencil
to print emergency message when sending for help. Message must include:

    Nature of incident
    Exact location of incident (6 figure reference and brief description)
    Number of casualties
    Details of injuries
    Time incident occurred.
Bivvy Bag Brightly coloured, heavy guage polythene bad approximately 175cm
× 90cm to be used as weather cocoon against wind and rain. Remember,
it is not, by itself, a guaranteed "last resort" survival bag, especially
in winter. Aluminium foil blankets and bags are not so effective and are
more easily torn. In winter it may be useful to include a sleeping bag
for use inside the bivvy bag.
Confidence Rope 20-25 metres of light line 6-8mm diameter will provide valuable
confidence when climbing up or down or crossing an awkward spot.
Skin Protection Pack

High factor sun block cream, lip salve for sun and wind burn.
Anti-midge cream / spray or citronella aromatherapy oil. Face net as
last resort!

Courtesy of Ian Roy, first aid leturer extraordinaire.