Medical bag

1) First aid kit

Sticking plasters and antiseptic, bandages, alcohol wipes, lint, a wound dressing and sticking tape.

If you really want to play doctors you could take some inflatable splints for fractures (but I won’t carry them for you!).

2) Medication

Painkillers like Paracetamol, Tramadol ,or Dihydrocodeine are useful because pain relief is not available and if you break a bone you’ll need it. Codeine phosphate may also be useful as a pain killer and as an anti-diarrhoeal (causes constipation).

Anti-inflammatories (always on a full stomach) like Ibuprofen or Diclofenac (Voltarol) are useful for sprains and Trekkers knee. Anti-inflammatory gels to rub into a sprain may be of value (Ibuleve).

Antibiotics should include Ciprofloxacin, Metronidazole and Co-amoxyclav (the latter contains a penicillin so don’t take it if you are allergic but it’s useful for soft tissue infections like cellulitis). Another useful antibiotic is Doxycycline useful for chest infections.

Rehydration powders. These contain sodium and potassium salts and help you to replenish the lost electrolytes in vomit or diarrhoea (Dioralyte).

Codeine phosphate can help stop diarrhoea so can kaolin preparations. Lomotil is effective in reducing the number of stools but it could be argued that you need to eliminate the bad stuff in your gut first. Acidophilus capsules (or natural yoghurt) are a more natural way to reduce the tummy problems as they populate the bowel with ‘Friendly bacteria’ but I can’t say I’ve found it that useful.

Don’t forget suntan lotion and aftersun.

3) Survival bag

These are usually made of thick polythene and are like a thick plastic bag. Lets hope you won’t need one!

Read about the other equipment you should have when trekking.