First Aid Kit

Before using any of these medications, you MUST consult your personal physician to get advice on the safety of these medications in your case and to obtain prescriptions as required. Your doctor may well make a substitute for a medication in the list due to its possible adverse interaction with one of your own routine medicines, a known allergy to the drug or any of its components, or a contraindication due to a previously diagnosed chronic illness. 


If you're to be the caregiver in a group, get your traveling companion(s) to get permission from their own doctors to use any of these meds and obtain their own prescriptions with the exception of the Medrol Pak. Take one per trip – not one per person.


There are many different kinds of first aid kits on the market. We bought the Day Hiker First-Aid Kit at REI 3 years ago and still have the original case but we've modified the contents as we've restocked. We added a bandana to wash a wound with bottled water and soap. And you can never have too much duct tape - repair broken equipment or use it for securing a sprained ankle. We threw in a plastic syringe to wash dust from eyes or flush an insect out of an ear. Then we added a few medicines for health problems arising when away from home, hotel, or campsite. 



Pack a couple of each of the listed pills in an airtight container to shield them from humidity. A Ziploc snack bag works well.  As the pills will be loose, include a paper in the bag with the description of the pill and its name and number. Pill identifier web site.


Benadryl allergy oral capsule 

EpiPen if history of severe allergies

Medrol Dosepak 4 mg 


Phenazopyridine HCL 200 mg 

Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) 500 mg 


Imodium  a-d 2 mg