FIRST AID KIT GUIDE

Well-equipped for an emergency: Learn about what’s important when buying a complete, compact first aid kit.

Whether mountaineering, climbing or on alpine tours: Accidents or sudden illnesses are possible even with good preparation. That’s why it’s important – especially in remote areas – to be equipped for an emergency so that you can perform first aid quickly. A suitable first aid kit is thus a vital piece of equipment for every mountain climber.

First aid expert and ORTOVOX ambassador Dani Hornsteiner knows what a good first aid kit should contain and what you should look for when you’re buying one. She is a trainer and head of operations at Bergwacht Bayern (Bavarian Mountain Rescue), and has been giving alpine first aid courses for over 15 years. Here, she draws on her knowledge and experience as a mountaineer and DAV guide for alpine tours and ski tours.


THE 6 MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF ALPINE FIRST AID KITS

First Aid Kit Guide

1. PACK SIZE

The size and weight of a first aid kit are important, but the contents still need to match the tour and number of people. First aid kits that can be rolled up, such as the ROLL DOC, are particularly compact and space saving.

First Aid Kit Guide

2. EQUIPMENT

The first aid kit should match the activity, the tour and the number of people, so that all necessary medical supplies are at hand in an emergency. High-quality equipment is therefore of utmost importance. 

ALPINE FIRST AID KITS

3. GOOD OVERVIEW

A first aid kit that is sensibly partitioned and allows items to be reached quickly will save valuable time in the hectic rush of an emergency. Subdivision into several compartments will provide an overview of the contents and makes them easily and quickly accessible.

First Aid Kit

4. FIRST AID TIPS

Pictures and captions on the compartment of the first aid kit will offer a good overview of the contents, and provide orientation when giving first aid during the hectic rush of an emergency. The emergency card will contain other important information.

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5. WEATHER CONDITIONS

A waterproof first aid kit allows those underway in high alpine areas or on glacier tours in wind and weather to be on the safe side. This will ensure the equipment stays dry and usable in an emergency.

FIRST AID ROCK DOC

6. PARTICULAR AREAS OF USE

Every type of mountain sport is special but also has its own dangers. Sport-specific first aid kits like the ROCK DOC combine the right size with contents tailored to the specific sport.


GAIN IMPORTANT FIRST AID KNOWLEDGE

ONLINE OR AT ONE OF OUR ALPINE FIRST AID COURSES

  • ORTOVOX SAFETY ACADEMY LAB ROCK: FIRST AID

    What use is the best first aid kit without knowledge of the correct first aid techniques? Learn the right way to act in an emergency with the SAFETY ACADEMY LAB ROCK: Numerous video tutorials, learning tools and graphics address over 30 different emergency situations and provide the theoretical background for life-saving techniques.

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  • ORTOVOX SAFETY ACADEMY ALPINE FIRST AID COURSE

    Knowing about and especially practicing first aid in the mountains is just as important as the first aid kit in your backpack. The SAFETY ACADEMY alpine first aid course will teach you the basics of life-saving emergency techniques and how to respond appropriately using simple methods. The course concept has been specially tailored for alpine mountaineers.

    Find your alpine first aid course slot

FIRST AID KITS COMPARISON

FIRST AID KITS

Roll-up first aid kits

40 € *
30 € *
25 € *

Waterproof first aid kits

50 € *

Chalk bag with first aid kit

40 € *

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