What I’m working on: First Aid and Repair Kit

I’m putting together our First Aid and Repair Kit.  We have to be ready for 25 days and anything that might happen.  Here’s what I have on the list so far:

  • Chemical hand and body warmers
  • Gloves
  • Iodine Solution
  • Plastic bags for irrigation and biohazard
  • Soap leaves
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Roll gauze
  • Pad gauze
  • Maxi-pads for blood control
  • Quik Clot
  • Demabond
  • Band-aides (including butterfly band-aides)
  • Tweezers
  • Ace Bandage
  • Thermometer
  • SAM splint
  • Triangle bandage
  • Medical tape
  • Trauma shears
  • Blister kit
  • Ibuprofin (no caffeine)
  • Excedrin (caffeine)
  • Asprin
  • Benadryl
  • Imodium
  • Prescription altitude meds including: Diamox/ Acetazolamide
  • Afrin nasal spray

Repair Kit list includes:

  • Accessory cord
  • 5 mil cord
  • Wire
  • Tool
  • Zip ties
  • Extra pack buckle
  • Sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Duct tape – whole roll
  • Hose clamps
  • Tent repair: pole splint, tape, seam seal, patches
  • Stove repair kit
  • Snow shoe repair kit
  • Crampon repair kit

6 thoughts on “What I’m working on: First Aid and Repair Kit

  1. I know nothing about climbing Denali, but some of the things on your list make me scratch my head. Why acetominophen, Ibuprofen, Excedrin (same thing as ibuprofen) AND aspirin? Why not one NSAID and something stronger (like dilaudid, vicodin or percoset)? And a CPR mask? Who on your team can do CPR long enough for a rescue to come? Why no butterfly bandages or dermabond for deep cuts?


    • CPR is not a very useful skill in the backcountry, and specially not there. Unless you carry your own defib unit, you’re talking hours before one could arrive. CPR is not effective for those time frames.


    • We do have percoset (and oh, what it takes to get it these days) and we have dermabond that a certain very lovely friend of yours absconded with. Of interest to all – the reason Jenn is posting this is that she had a hard time finding a decent first aid list to guide her packing – so she posted it to make it a living (and accessible) conversation for others. At the moment, her current list is very much in “draft,” if you will. Like Jenn said – keep the comments coming!


  2. I second dermabond, butterfly bandages, or Krazy Glue for deep cuts…unless you want to use the sewing kit for more than just fabric repairs. I also question why you are bringing such a variety of NSAIDs. Why not just bring Ibuprofen?


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