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 First Aid/Survival Kit 
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Leg Burner
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 First Aid/Survival Kit
For mostly three season day-hikes, what do you carry in your first aid/survival kit?

I've searched online and some seem like they have way too much and some too little.

Also, I bought the pre-made "lifeline" I think kit at dick's to get started with one. I do not recommend this at all. The multi-tool broke while I was playing around with it reading. Tried the whistle and it was quiet (by quiet, I mean it couldn't be heard in the room next to me). The other stuff seemed ok, but it goes to show that all gear should be tested before heading out.


Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:41 pm
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Mine is a custom rig I worked up. After taking the Wildernes First Aid course it grew more, so now what I have is pretty involved. I also keep a few "survival" items in there as well, so it serves a dual purpose. How big or small a kit you carry is a personal decision. Really the odds say you will only ever need a few bandaids, alcohol wipes, etc. But I go above and beyond (I carry patches for burns, pocket respirator for CPR, flexible splint, etc. etc.) But this allows me to deal with absolute worse case. I HOPE I never need to use it, but it is there if I do.

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I've made up my own also. Basic first aid, fire starting, and a couple other odds and ends.

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We have a pretty small first aid set up - bandaids, alcohol wipes, wet wipes, burn cream, pain killers. I do want to get a couple triangular bandages for splinting (figure if it's a leg/ankle either sticks or hiking poles can be used to splint with) and I hadn't even considered bringing my pocket mask but that isn't the worst idea. I'll try to remember to throw that in my bag for the next hike.

RE: "Surivival" gear - one of those space blankets, whistles on the sternum straps of my bag, magnesium (i think) fire starter and matches. Think that might be it...

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Thank you for the responses

Joe-What is that next to the waterproof "match" container? (looks like crumpled ceran wrap.

KellyK-I like to keep an extra clean bandana or two in the pack which can be used for many things including a splint tie-er.


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Piper23 wrote:
Thank you for the responses

Joe-What is that next to the waterproof "match" container? (looks like crumpled ceran wrap.

KellyK-I like to keep an extra clean bandana or two in the pack which can be used for many things including a splint tie-er.


Cotton balls dipped in Vaseline, i.e. fire starter.

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Piper23 wrote:
Thank you for the responses

Joe-What is that next to the waterproof "match" container? (looks like crumpled ceran wrap.

KellyK-I like to keep an extra clean bandana or two in the pack which can be used for many things including a splint tie-er.


Yeah, we usually have a couple of those between us that could work for splinging legs/ankles but the triangular bandage would work as a sling arms/shoulders as well

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A few other things I always carry not in the photo above:

Large trash bag
Duct tape and a couple zip-ties
Compass maps and GPS
Headlamp and small LED flashlight +spare batteries
Whistle is built into pack strap

Yes, I'm the guy that carries too much *poop*. 8)

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JustJoe wrote:
Yes, I'm the guy that carries too much *poop*. 8)


I would suggest some toilet paper then. :P

I've got a small basics kit. I don't even know what's in it anymore. All I know if I have a makeshift tourniquet at the ready in case Brian's singing finally gets to me. :wink:

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Salty wrote:
All I know if I have a makeshift tourniquet at the ready in case Brian's singing finally gets to me. :wink:

Pfft, if I have learned ANYTHING from my adventures with you it is your own self who is bound to cause whatever injury may require a tourniquet! :wink:

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Salty wrote:
JustJoe wrote:
Yes, I'm the guy that carries too much *poop*. 8)


I would suggest some toilet paper then. :P



Look at the photo, next to the Ace bandage. 8)

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Perfect timing for this question, Greg and I really need to beef up our first aid kit for sure. Last weekend he came down hard on his right hand and banged up his wrist. The heel of his palm was bleeding pretty good...more than what a finger band aid would be able to manage and that was about all the bandaging out kit had :roll:
Luckily I had taped my ankle for the hike and brought the tape role with me 'just in case' and this worked pretty good.


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I raid the first aid kit at work. Band aids, hand sanitizer, tape. Then throw in some advil, allergy stuff, mole skin, and sunscreen. I should probably throw in some duct tape though. If duct tape can't fix what's wrong then I've got bigger problems.


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New Hampshire wrote:
Salty wrote:
All I know if I have a makeshift tourniquet at the ready in case Brian's singing finally gets to me. :wink:

Pfft, if I have learned ANYTHING from my adventures with you it is your own self who is bound to cause whatever injury may require a tourniquet! :wink:

Brian


:lol: No joke, except I think when I finally injure myself for real, I'll be straight-out dead. :)

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Basically Pepto and Imodium and maybe some Advil. I can't see a situation where an infection will fell me before I am out of there, and I question the benefit of bandaids and moleskin when exsanguination becomes a real concern. Crawling with a broken ankle sounds much more appealing to be than dealing with a bad gut on the trail.


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