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06/03/2020 08:06AM
Putting together a first aid kit. Any suggestions?
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06/03/2020 08:53AM
What do you have so far?
senior member (55)senior membersenior member
06/03/2020 09:11AM
Clean slate, just band aids.
06/03/2020 10:10AM
FA kits range from minimal to comprehensive expedition kits. I'd suggest looking through the range of options available from commercial suppliers like Adventure Medical.

Band aids is a good start. I like blister and burn bandages. Duct tape. Basic medications such as Tylenol/ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea, indigestion, allergy, antibiotic, hydrocortisone, superglue. Don't forget sunscreen, bug juice, lip balm. etc. You'll need more for a large group than solo. There may be special needs such as Epi-Pen, personal RX, etc.
06/03/2020 11:45AM
I like small packable FA kits and travel with a minimum of 2. One attached to my PFD and one for each pack. I keep the content to what I am confident in using, variety of BandAids, gauze pads, tape, QuickClot dressing, assorted medications. My PFD kit also has fire starting gear, SpaceBlanket, a length of nylon cord, compass. The pack kits will have some specific items not common to all 3. I started with 4 Adventure Fist Aid 1.0 Kits (the 4th went into my day hiking pack), added as needed or replaced contents.

And my hiking pack.

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06/03/2020 12:25PM
Johanna and Klara Söderberg have a pretty great First Aid Kit
senior member (55)senior membersenior member
06/03/2020 03:43PM
Thanks guys. I already see some items that I would not have thought of. Please keep it coming.
senior member (78)senior membersenior member
06/03/2020 03:54PM
I carry 2 kits, one with band aids, neo sporran, carmex and quick grab things. this is on top of the pack and a more complete kit with medications and serious wound treatment in the main pack.
Things I have added as a result of injury or problem that incurred while on a trip: needle for splinters, the self sticking wrap for twists and sprains, nail clippers (try removing a deeply torn nail with a knife!) soap specifically made for dissolving the oils in poison ivy, burn cream (fire burn not sun burn) small eye drops and 1% hydrocortisone cream, the only thing that seems to help me with black fly bites.
Kinda sorta related, the back flushing syringe for my water filter also works to flush out punctures.
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06/03/2020 05:21PM
I was being cheeky earlier, but one bit of good advice that I've been given is, don't waste space including anything that you don't know how to use. Bigger kits especially tend to include all sorts of things that, in the hands of a trained person, might be useful in certain odd situations; but especially if you're already dealing with an emergency situation, it's not the time to try using something you know nothing about.

I carry various size bandages, including several of the big square ones that can cover up a heel blister (my most common need); moleskin; a good bit of gauze; some packing and dressing material; bandage tape; antiseptic wipes; the iodine tincture things; some maxi pads; ibuprofen and acetaminophen; anti-diarrhea medication; benadryl pills; afterbite; some safety pins; a tweezers; and a face shield for CPR.
senior member (55)senior membersenior member
06/03/2020 06:20PM
Again more good stuff.
Thanks Jack
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06/03/2020 07:00PM
Steri Strips
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06/03/2020 09:25PM
Add some quick clot bandages to the above suggestions.
06/03/2020 09:58PM
I carry most of the above, plus a tampon for the occasional gun shot wound. We have been lucky over the years. No bad axe or knife wounds, no serious burns. I got torn up pretty good by a northern on Kawnipi a few years ago that required more than just a bandaid. I carry 2 epipens as one of my kids has bad allergies to tree nuts and wasps. I had my kit along for a cabin trip on LOTW last year, and my 8 year old had a bad bike spill. Helmet saved his life. I had to use every bit of my gauze and tape to patch him up. He looked like a little mummy!

On a side note, consider barbless hooks. I’ve had a couple of mishaps that could have been much worse with barbs!
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06/03/2020 10:34PM
ashlandjack: "Putting together a first aid kit. Any suggestions?"

How big is your traveling party?
When traveling Solo I carry :
Acetaminophen (10 x 500 mg),
Ibuprofen (10 x 200 mg),
Aspirin (10 x 325 mg),
Diphenhydramine (10 x 25 mg)
Loratidine (10 x 10 mg)
Ranitidine ( 10 x 150 mg) or Famotidine (10 X 20 mg)
Imodium ( 10 tablets)
Triple antibiotic ointment
Fingernail clippers
All this fits in a wallet sized clamshell style, zip up kit.

For a larger traveling party:
I increase pill counts, add a wider range of bandage sizes, add a bottle of eye wash, a SAM splint and a pair of EMT Trauma shears.

This all fits in a soft side case roughly 9" x 8" x 4 ". If traveling with family, they know it is on top of my pack. If traveling with others, I try to tie a long colorful ribbon to the kit that dangles out the top of my pack so anyone in the traveling party can find and retreive it easily.

Hope something here helps
senior member (55)senior membersenior member
06/04/2020 05:17AM
This was all a great help, I am going to pick though these and should end up with a great kit. If someone thinks of something else let me know.
Thanks again Jack
06/04/2020 06:32AM

Ranitidine (Zantac) was recently removed from the market by FDA.
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06/04/2020 06:11PM
Great info in this thread. Here's to hoping you never need any of it!
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06/04/2020 09:47PM
After recovering from a couple different injuries I started asking my doctor for an prescription strength anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant to take while on a canoe trip. I take them in the evening after camp in set up. I sleep better and don't have an abundance of aches, pains and stiffness. They definitely make for a better morning the next day. Just a thought.
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06/05/2020 06:50AM
Wire cutters, pliers, bandaids, electrical tape, hand sanitizer, meds, extra clothes that you aren't afraid of ripping.
06/09/2020 11:15AM
You have gotten some good advice so far.

+1 on taking only what you know how to use.

as far as wire cutters: I had a dinky 4 inch brand new pair in my kit. A friend went on a trip and had a treble stuck, they said their cutters didn't work and had a heck of a time. So I went home and tried mine on the typical trebles on my lures... sure enough they couldn't cut the hooks. Replaced mine with a real set...and sure enough.. needed them on the next trip!
Savage Voyageur
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06/09/2020 12:43PM
Roll of medical gauze
Roll of tape
3” square gauze pads
Ace bandage
Compression bandage
Super glue
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06/09/2020 04:58PM
benedryl tablets
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06/09/2020 06:32PM
I don’t know anything about what training you may or may not have had, but I’d suggest a book for your first aid kit: NOLS Wilderness Medicine. There are times when knowledge is more important than equipment. It’s a great read before a trip if you are inclined, or bring it along as a reference in case of serious trouble. It’s easy to fill a first aid kit with ointments and bandaids, but what do you do if a member of your group, or someone you come across, has symptoms you may not be familiar with? The wilderness may not seem like a good time to start learning about emergency care, but if trained help is hours or days away, it might be a great time to take a few minutes and start reading about what might be happening and what to to do help.
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06/10/2020 07:19AM
Sound advice. Thanks for the reference.
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