In Part 1 of our multi-part blog post “How To Choose?” we listed the four important questions to ask yourself before choosing the best Wilderness Medical Systems kit for your needs and described the importance of knowing if your destination is less than or greater than 8 hours from critical emergency medical care. Our second post, “How To Choose? – Part 2” discussed how the number of people determined the size of kit you need to take with you. Now we can consider the third question…
How Long Will You Be Gone?
This aspect of selecting a kit is, again, fairly straight-forward. The longer you are gone, the more items you are likely to use during your stay. Some of these items include band-aids, tape, NSAIDs, rash cream, insect sting treatment, etc.
One way to address this issue is to take a small kit that can be carried on your person, then another, larger kit that can be left in basecamp for resupply. This allows you to travel lightly for the day (in a jeep or on foot), but to have in camp the added supplies you may need for an extended period of time.
Lastly, but very importantly, is the fourth question, “How Will You Transport The Kit?” which we will cover in our next post.