Checked your first aid kit lately?

Checked your first aid kit lately?

I was packing my 4WD the other day and noticed the compartment that holds my small first aid kit.

We’ve had the vehicle about six years and it was second hand when we bought it (2001 model), so guess that makes it thirteen years old.

Thing is, I can’t remember if I checked the first aid kit when I bought it, so I opened it up.

First Aid thumbThis is a basic kit that has a great little quick reference booklet produced by St John, it also has bandages of all shapes and sizes, tweezers, scissors, swabs, ointments and even rubber gloves.

We must have added some pain relief tablets and some off the shelf hay fever treatments and anti histamines.

Interesting that a couple of the ointments and pills are out of date and I couldn’t see dates on the bandages, so things will be replaced as required.

Now I’m not a medical expert or haven’t done a first aid course, but after checking the reference guide and using a bit of common sense, I would have been able to treat an injury fairly well until we sought professional treatment.

I should also mention that we have a newer, bigger first aid kit in our caravan that I know is up to date, including more up to date treatment methods.

But, what if I figured there’s one in the back of the 4WD, so that’ll do, or on those rare occasions when I take a hike, I only pack a band aid and some water … not good enough, just ask any snake!

We Aussies have a “she’ll be right” attitude, but a first aid kit is like insurance, you never know when and if you’ll need it, so it’s better to have a good one and learn some basics before you set off on a journey.

I read on another blog recently that the amount of greyish travellers heading north is increasing and it’s putting an extra strain on hospitals, medical centres and doctors.

Fact is as you get older, things will go wrong, so be prepared.

Get a complete check up before you leave (you don’t have to be grey).

Make sure your kit is up to date and take all the medicines that have been prescribed plus any doctor’s notes on existing conditions.

And … it’s probably a good idea to do a first aid course, I know I am.  

Ask the guys at Snowys about kits, they have a variety of sizes available, even a small snake bite kit.

Safe Travelling!

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