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First Aid Kit and Medicines

Like the repair kit, our first aid kit is one area we don’t skimp on the weight. We cannot assume that there will be a doctor or hospital within easy reach on many parts of our ride, and so we have to be prepared to handle most emergencies ourselves. While Anya and Yvonne tend to go through Band-Aids faster than candy on our rides, we consider ourselves fortunate to be a generally extremely healthy family. We rarely get sick when at home, and our major complaints on our tours have generally been cuts and bruises or occasional stomach aches. Our medicine kit carries many items necessary to care for the typical discomforts of camping and cycling, as well as a serious emergency kit.
  • Paula’s asthma medications (without these there could be no world ride for Paula)
  • Multivitamins plus iron (serious exercise depletes iron and zinc, two essential minerals for women, and growing girls)
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antacid tablets
  • Diarrhea tablets
  • Allergy tablets ( we have discovered that over-the-counter allergy medicine also alleviates the itching and swelling of severe insect bites)
  • Cortisone cream for insect bites
  • Baking soda (many incredible uses--as a poultice for bee stings, a soak for ingrown toenails, and an antacid for example)
  • Salt (another of nature’s healing aids; makes great soaks for infected skin)
  • Sugar (when mixed in correct portions with salt and water, creates an electrolytic solution in cases of extreme diarrhea)
  • 100s of Band-aids
  • Anti-biotic cream
  • Butterfly Band-aids (for deep cuts)
  • Gauze and tape
  • Large gauze pads (for serious wounds)
  • Rubbing alcohol pads
  • Scissors with (clamp feature)
  • Needle and suture thread (we hope we never have to use them, but we can if we have to)
  • Ace bandage
  • Moleskin (essential for blisters)
  • Snake bite kit
  • Emergency first aid pocket guide
  • Emergency blanket

Updated: Nov 23, 2001

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