Adventure Medical Kits pioneered specialized emergency kits for mountain climbing, marine expeditions, and other sports. The company's new Smart Travel Emergency First Aid Kit is for the rest of us — who want essential medical supplies for more mundane pursuits domestically and abroad.
Systematically organized in a tri-fold canvas bag are zippered transparent plastic compartments labeled to designate the ailment or injury the contents address. One section has medications for — among other ills — nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, headaches and dehydration. Another contains supplies for wound care, from bleeding, blisters, splinters, insect bites.
The kit provides multiple sizes of sterile bandages, gauze sponges, and medical tape, as well as sterile gloves, tweezers, protective moleskin and Glacier Gel patches, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream, a thermometer, syringe, and more. An included Wilderness & Travel Medicine Guide provides advice on trip preparation and guidance in dealing with a range of medical emergencies.
A particularly innovative aid for foreign travel is the double-sided plasticized Visual Communication Tool. With the help of medical illustrations, you can show someone who speaks a different language where you are injured or in distress, what bit or stung you, if you are diabetic or prone to altitude sickness, and any allergies (some 20 little drawings indicate bee stings, shellfish, gluten, milk, peanuts, pollen and other threats). Key phrases (such as "Take me to…" ) are labeled in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Arabic, as is a scale for indicating your level of pain and emotional distress.
The whole kit and caboodle folds down into an 8.5-inch by 8-inch by 3.75-inch-thick rectangle weighing about 1.75 pounds. May you never need any of this — but be prepared.