From trekking in Nepal to a survival experience in Peru, spring is here and that means that the backpack is out and adventure is definitely on the cards! But (other than clothes!) what are the 3 top essentials that you need to make sure are in your backpack?
This is arguably the most important piece of kit for anyone who is on an expedition, or planning to venture to lesser-known places on the planet. It will ensure you can access medical assistance when you need it, will ensure you can be flown home if you need it, and cover the costs of hefty medical bills should the worst come to pass. In addition, travel insurance will protect you financially against cancellations, and of course lost luggage, lost passports and even provide assistance with communicating abroad. When getting travel insurance make sure that your policy covers medical expenses, repatriation, and legal expenses for the area you are visiting and for the activities you will be doing. Never get a one-size-fits-all policy, or assume that the free travel insurance with your bank account will cut the mustard! Worldwide Insure Travel insurance offer cost-effective flexible policies tailored to suit your specific adventure. They cover a wide range of activities including heli-skiing, canyoning, and shark diving!
Clean Water Kits
Access to clean water is a privilege that most take for granted, but is a cause for concern for anyone travelling off the beaten path. Never assume that where you will be adventuring will have clean safe water, and always make sure you are prepared with the essentials you need to make water clean and safe to drink for yourself. Your options are tablets or drops to add to water, or a portable water filter bottle. Both instantly kill or remove viruses and cysts in the water. The tablets work immediately, and last for 24 hours, the filtering bottles last for 6,000 litres, and have the added benefit of not leaving a chemical taste in the water. Pyramid Travel Products offer clean water kits as well as a range of mosquito nets and repellants, including DEET-free sprays and extra-protective DEET repellents suitable for extreme tropical conditions.
One of the biggest risks to health on an adventure is getting an infection from injury, this includes getting an infection from unsterilised medical equipment. You are more likely to get an infected wound in a hot and humid climate, and unsterilized medical equipment is a reality in most remote regions. Make sure you pack a sterile medical pack and a “giving” kit. These will contain sterile supplies such as needles, syringes, swabs, dressings, and equipment for administering intravenous medication for use by medical professionals. You can get kits tailored to a variety of expedition types, an easy way to make sure you have the medication and supplies you are most likely to need. Also pack a separate first aid kit such as plasters and bandages for less serious mishaps. Nomad Travel offer expedition level medical kits, which also include essential antibiotics and antimalarials where needed.
For a definitive list of the right health and safety equipment to take to your specific destination you can visit the foreign travel advice section on the gov.uk website and speak with your local GP.