As you plan your group ski trip, you can be sure that with enough people participating in strenuous physical activities all day, every day, there will be some bumps and bruises.
Your ski resort will have everything you need to tend to an injured skier. However, it’s a good idea to arrive prepared with a ski trip first aid kit to handle the basics – you don’t want to spend your time running back and forth to a drugstore. Listed below are a handful of items you might add to your first aid kit for your group ski trip:
- Pain/Fever Medication. Altitude induced headaches, twisted ankles, and unfortunately-timed respiratory infections make a good supply of ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) important to have on hand. Consider the ages of your skiers and bring the appropriate formulations.
- Various sizes of bandaids. Be prepared for scrapes and scratches of different sizes.
- Antibiotic ointment. When everything is so bundled up because of the cold, it creates a very cozy environment for bacteria. Clean wounds well and use antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
- Ace Bandages. It’s easy to turn an ankle or knee on skis, and a wrap can support and compress the joint. Remember “RICE” – rest, ice, compression, elevation.
- Thermacare Wraps. For sore backs, injured knees or ankles, or just to use for warmth, these babies come in handy.
- Sunscreen. Everyone knows it and almost everyone forgets it – the sun can do its dirty work a lot fast at higher altitudes with the assistance of the snow’s reflective surface. Be sure your crew’s faces are protected.
- Lip balm with sunscreen. See above. Grab a multipack and throw it in your kit for your skiers who forget. Chapped, burned, peeling lips are simply miserable.
- Blister Treatment Pads. Your ski outfitter will do an amazing job of getting your group fitted properly for boots, but not everything can be predicted. A properly placed blister pad can save the day.
When in doubt, take your skier to a doctor at your resort, but for minor aches and pains, these items will make caring for your group a lot easier. With any luck you won’t need them.