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 First Aid Kit. 
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 First Aid Kit.
Ok, generally Im not the kind of person to admit there is such a thing as "overkill" but as my pack slowly starts filling with necessary equipment I think I can admit the first aid kit I have is a bit overkill. Although the kit is top notch and packed with just about anything I could possibly need I sit and ponder if I really need to be using up space in my pack for that big a kit and is the weight worth it. The kit is a bag type with measurements of roughly 11"x6.5"x4"thick. Its a bit hefty to as far as kits go. So Im thinking of downsizing to a more basic kit (or just taking out what I really need from this kit and assemblying it in a smaller box.) So what, in your opinions, do I really need in the kit? Well, besides the obvious stuff like:
Bandaids
Water Purification Tablets
Ace bandage
Alcohol swabs

Or how about I just get one of the small little box kits from Wal Mart, and if so what should at least be in there? As usual, any advice is appreciated.
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Hey Brian,
This is a fun one actually....and I don't think you can ever really carry too much first aid stuff. Keep in mind that it might not be for you.
You might end up helping another hiker in distress, so it's good to be prepared (ok, I'm an old Boy Scout). Of course you don't want to carry a MASH unit either.
I like making my own but using the pre-made kit or a tuperware container.
In addition to your list you might consider: Moleskin (blister protector), tweezers. scissors, asprin/Ibruprofen, Sudafed, salt tablets, burn cream or first aid cream, needle/thread, Immodium, alka seltzer, and gauze pads + tape.
I'm sure there's some websites with suggestions, so let me see what else I can find,
Bill

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I keep four popiscle sticks in my kit. Very good for makeshift finger splints. In my kit I always bring extra ibuprofin, a small roll of tape, tweezers, assorted bandaids and gauze. In my kit I also keep one of those glow sticks that kids use at Halloween and a pair of extra shoelaces.
EMS sells small kits but you could get things cheaper by hitting the travel section of your local drug store.


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Ok folks, I did an inventory of what is in the Kit I have. Bill, you are not that far off calling it a MASH unit :lol: .
Here is the list of contents:
Tube of Antiseptic cream
Antiseptic swabs
20 Cotton swabs
10 alcohol prep swabs
Rubber gloves
1 large cotton strip bandage
1 small cotton strip bandage
1 Ace bandage
safety pins
1 Triangular bandage
1 Instant cold pack
2 dozen regular bandaids
8 small bandaids
Plastic tweezers
No. 4 pressure bandage
6 2"x2" gauze pads
6 3"x3" Gauze pads
Pair of safety scissors
2 abdominal compression pads
1 bottle of Potable Aqua tablets (I added this to the kit)

So it looks like there is a bunch of stuff that is more than really needed. I didnt even realize there was no kind of asprin or ibuprofin in there! Im still thinking of scavaging a new kit out of some of this, but not really sure about it yet.
Brian


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