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There are two basic first aid kits..1. Your personal kit just for you. 2. A general first aid kit for bigger things. It is up to you as to how much you want to carry. You can set up a group kit and everyone catrries something. Just remember to get things back when you return to the car.

You will never have everything. I like to bring things with a high probability of needing. Someone breaks their back and they are in trouble. Your first aid kit will never be big enough. You will need to improvise and get help.

I highly recommend a WFA class. You will need a new pack to carry everything they suggest having.

Otherwise do not get hurt.


Mon May 03, 2010 5:38 am
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bigfoot wrote:
I highly recommend a WFA class.


I agree - even if (maybe ESPECIALLY if) you already have a first aid course under your belt. WFA is a bit different because of the environment, limited resources and time-to-hospital issues.

bigfoot wrote:
You will need a new pack to carry everything they suggest having.

My experience was different.

The instructor did talk about and demonstrate some specialized gear, but
the emphasis in the courses I attended was on using what you are likely to have in the field rather than carrying a load of special stuff.

I wouldn't want anyone to decide against one of these courses because they think it will require carrying a lot of special gear...

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Mon May 03, 2010 6:56 am
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I guess I carry two different "kits"...One a first aid kit for all my hikes with the band-aids, creams, medicine etc.
And I carry a small survival type kit with some duct tape, twine, an esbit (small stove), small flashlight, emergency blanket etc.
I only bring the survival kit on day hikes as I'll have all the same stuff, in larger form, for a backpacking trip.

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


Jeez, Joe. Looking at the items around the orange match holder...

A lighter, some needles, and a bag that appears to have a white substance in it.

That explains a lot. :wink: :wink: :wink:

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Joe, you forgot your emergency bag of reefer. Good for any ailment and for after hikes!

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Joe, you forgot your emergency bag of reefer. Good for any ailment and for after hikes!

Greg


Got that one by Desi this time? :P

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Are man-pris considered essential survival gear? :P :wink: :lol:

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bigfoot wrote:
I highly recommend a WFA class. You will need a new pack to carry everything they suggest having..


Would you know where in the area they offer these courses?


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


Jeez, Joe. Looking at the items around the orange match holder...

A lighter, some needles, and a bag that appears to have a white substance in it.

That explains a lot. :wink: :wink: :wink:


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Joe, you forgot your emergency bag of reefer. Good for any ailment and for after hikes!

Greg


How dare you two insinuate such things, just because I grew up in the sixties and have long hair.Image

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alstaubin wrote:
bigfoot wrote:
I highly recommend a WFA class. You will need a new pack to carry everything they suggest having..


Would you know where in the area they offer these courses?


SOLO in Conway is where I took mine. It will cost you some money though. Occasionally some courses pop up with places like UNH that cost much less. Here is the SOLO website:

http://www.soloschools.com/

They are VERY professional and can also certify you in CPR if you so wish.

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I answered my own question with a little search found that SOLO has several courses in the area this summer.

www.soloschools.com


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FWIW, I can vouch for Noble View as a good venue - only $10 more than the Conway cost gets you overnight lodging at Noble View, with kitchen facilities (dorm style sleeping, and bring your own food).

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 my $0.02
Having been a "customer" of a rescue, plus a WFA student, I've developed some strong opinions on this topic:

In addition/support to all the good stuff you good people suggested:
1. Reflective blanket - They used mine on me. I was wrapped in it for eight hours - priceless.
2. Roll of Gauze, roll of med tape. Small roll of duct tape. If someone has a big freaking cut and you're 2 miles inland, all those little bandages don't do much good to stop the bleeding.
3. Benadryl, pain reliever/anti inflammatory.
4. A wool winter hat - yes, even in the summer. You have to beat hypothermia. I wore mine for 8 hours on the way out.
5. 2 pair of surgical gloves

Go through your kit every two years and replace surgical gloves (they dry out) and replace expired meds. It happens sooner than you think!

A short-cut first aid pamphlet. Let me tell you, unless you do this stuff every day, it's not second nature when you're the first responder and panic sets in.

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alstaubin wrote:
I answered my own question with a little search found that SOLO has several courses in the area this summer.

www.soloschools.com


Look about, other places offer solo as opposed to going direct.
I took my solo school via the local AMC chapter. I wasn't an AMC member, but the course discount was greater than the AMC membership, so I win.

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1. Latex or other gloves dry out and rip. You don't want to find that out when you need them. Replace every 1-2 years.
2. Ditto for meds - tylenol, etc.

I got into a debate with a FD EMT about using antibiotic cream. He doesn't use it, say a good pour of water will do the same thing. I still keep it. What if there is no water around is my take.

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