From the last two posts, you should have been able to narrow down your choice of kit to one or two. Now, with those one or two kits in mind, you need to think about the answer to the final important question…How Will You Transport Your Kit? Space and weight restrictions will sometimes require that you downsize your choice to a smaller kit than the one recommended in the previous two posts. Sometimes there is no choice and that is just what has to be done. If this is the case, you must understand what you are giving up by choosing a smaller kit, so that you are aware of what you can handle in the field. This knowledge alone is valuable when making decisions about what kinds of activities to engage in.
Animal or Vehicle Transportation
If you have the means to transport it, we recommend that you take a kit that has as much comprehensive coverage as possible. This kit can be left in camp and smaller kits can be assembled for day use in a backpack or jeep. The safety and assurance of having the added capability and supplies in camp will be a godsend, if the need arises.
For those travelers who have absolutely no room, other than in a backpack, we can pack a very light kit for you as well. However, these kits, by their nature, can only be relied upon to deal with one or two minor incidents in the field before needing to be refilled. If you are planning to be in the field for an extended period of time, please find a way to locate a larger kit with additional supplies within fairly short distance from your camp.
When In Doubt…
We cannot emphasize enough that finding even the most basic medical supplies in countries with little to no medical infrastructure can be an expensive, frustrating and ultimately unsuccessful proposition. You must take it with you! We are happy to advise you on organizing individual kit for your party, assembled from supplies out of your kit or with additional new supplies. We can even build them for you, if you’ll let us know when you order your main kit.