Detailed Medical Kit Every Expedition Should have with them

First Aid Kit List for Expeditions

This is a large first aid kit for an Expedition. An adventure medical kit will depend on the trip you are actually going on. This list will help you develop your own personal medical kit needed for any wilderness trek or expedition.


1). Thermometer
2). Tweezers – fine point and toothed
3). scissors, sharp
4). Ordinary sweeing needles
5). Safety pins
6). Forceps (artery)
7). Scalpels with various blade
8). Disposable razors
9). Syringe 20ml or bigger
10). Syringe 10ml (and needles)
11). Syringe 2ml (and needles)
12). Protective gloves
13). Rubber gloves (washing-up)
14). Enema tube
15). Sharps container

Dressings and Wound Care

1). Band-Aids
2). Blister dressing Compeed:
3). Cotton buds
4). Gauze square 5cm
5). Sterile non-stick dressing 10cm
6). Large wound dressing
7). Sanitry pads
8). Plastic food wrap
9). Adhesive tape bandage 10cm, 2.5cm
10). Triangular bandages
11). Cotton Bandages 10cm x 1.5m
12). Elastic bandages 10/15cm
13). Crepe bandages 10cm x 1.5m
14). Nasal tampons
15). Duct tape
16). Closures (Steristrips)6mm
17). Tincture of bezoin
18). Alcohol swabs
19). Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
20). SAM splint (large)
21). Eye pads


1). Allergy, anistihistamine tablets (sedating)
2). Anistihistamine tablets (non sedating)
3). promethazine 25mg (Maybe not recognised brand)
4). Prometazine suppository 12.5mg
5). Anti-inflammatory cream/ointment/gel
6). Hydrocortisone cream 1% 15g tube
7). Calamine or Eurax cream

8). insect repellent

Altitude Sickness

1). Acetazolamide 250mg (Diamox)
2). Nifedipine
3). Dexamethasone 4mg


1). Ciprofloxacin 500mg or norfloxacin 400mg
2). Co-amoxiclav 250mg
3). Amoxocillin 250mg
4). Cephalexin 250mg
5). Flucloxacillin 500mg
6). clarithromycin 500mg
7). Azithromycin 500mg
8). Metronidazole 400mg

Antibiotic/ Antifungal Skin Applications

1). Antibiotic ointment (mupirocin or fucidin)
2). Antifungal cream (miconazole)

Burn Cream

Burn cream (silver sulfadiazine or Aloe Vera gel)


Laxative (Bisacodyl)


1). Clove oil (Dentaik) bottle
2). Temporary filling material (Cavit or Dentafix)
3). Fluride varnish (Duraphat)
4). Mouth wash (Chlorexidine)
5). Tin foil for splints 20cm length all the above OR a dental first aid kit (proprietary)


Loperamide (Imodium)


Povi-iodine (Betadine) or Savlon or Dettol bottle/soap

Disinfectant for water

Chlorine tablets

Eye and Ear Infection

1). Antibiotic ointment for eye (chloramhenicol)
2). Anti-inflammatory/ antibiotic drops for ear (Sofradex)
3). Anaesthetic eye drop

Haemorrhoid (piles)

1). Haemorrhoid ointment

2). Haemorrhoid suppoditories


1). Antacid simple (Gaviscon)
2). Ranitidine 150mg

Nausea and Vomiting

1). Prochlorperazine – Buccastem 3 mg
2). Stemetil 5mg tablet

Painkillers (analgesics)

1). Paracetamol 500mg
2). Aspirin 300mg
3). ibuprofen 400mg
4). Diclofenac (Voltarol) 50mg suppository
5). Oxycodine 10mg
6). Methoxyflurane (Penthrox) inhale
7). Naproxen (naproxen) 250 mg
8). Lidocaine gel

ORS (oral rehydration solution)

Example:  Diorylate, Gastrolyte, Jeevan jal, Electrobion

Respiratory (breathing) Problems

1). Phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine nasal drops/ spray
2). Flu and sinus medication
3). Throat lozenges
4). Asthma reliever spray (salbutamol)
5). Prednisolone 10 mg
6). Tiger balm or eucalyptus oil

Other Medications

1). Diazepam 5mg tablets
2). Diazepam rectal tubes 5mg
3). Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) spray or similar

Contact Us

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about medicine and developing your own medical kit. Contact us. Usually all you need is an Adventure Medical Kit along with antibiotics and Altitude medicine. You will also need vitamins which will be important throughout any trip.

Altitude Sickness Practice and Guidelines
High Altitude Trekking – What you Need to Know to be Safe and Successful
Understanding Altitude