What’s in your med kit?

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  1. Vpetrell

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    What’s in your med kit when out hiking or backpacking?

    I keep a med kit in my daily bag that I use on hikes as well. Since I carry a firearm, it has a tourniquet, some quick clot, a trauma pak, saline souluiton, and some other miscellaneous first aid.

    I am trying to minimize all my gear for hiking and backpacking, but not sure I want to skimp on the first aid.

    Obviously this may change as some area I will be hiking in, if out if state may not allow me to carry my firearm.

    What’s in your light weight bare bones med kit?

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    • Bandage Materials
    • 4 - Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
    • 2 - Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
    • 2 - Bandage, Butterfly Closure
    • 3 - Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2
    • 2 - Safety Pins
      Blister / Burn
    • 1 - Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (11 pieces)
      Instrument
    • 1 - Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
      Medication
    • 2 - After Bite Wipe
    • 2 - Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
    • 2 - Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2
      Wound Care
    • 3 - Antiseptic Wipe
    • 2 - Alcohol Swab
    • 1 - Tape, 1/2" x 10 Yards
    • 2 - Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use
    • 1 - Neosporin
     
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    Years ago I climbed Mt Monadnock in New Hampshire—nothing special it’s a non-technical climb and so many people do it there is usually a waiting line to summit. On the top there was this bunch of witches doing some kind of sunset dance in bare feet. Not smart when the top of this overgrown rock is covered in broken beer bottles, and naturally one of them lacerated her foot. It was a decent cut that must have required a few stitches to close. They were making the rounds asking of any one had a FAK and no one even had a band-aid on them. They finally got around to asking my party, and I resolved their problem. I don’t understand how people can come into the outdoors without even the most basic of self-help material. I was smiling ear to ear as I fixed the witch’s foot. She never knew my name, but if she did and put two and two together she’d have realized a descendent of a famous Salem witch hanger had just helped her.

    My day hike kit concentrates foot care, insect bites, minor ouches care; but I’ve got a lot of knowledge and have had lots of practice :D
     
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    Trauma kit: Tourniquet, compression bandages, quick-clot gauze.

    Boo-boo Kit: antiseptic, tweezers, band-aids (various), gauze and wrap, ibuprofen.
     
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    Why didn't they just cast a spell to seal the wound?
     
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    LOL I think they were getting ready too. I kept thinking of Monty Python lines like “She turned me into a newt” or “What else burns –More Witches!” I’m a live and let live kind of guy so I just wrapped her foot up and let if at that. She bled red blood so I guess she was a good witch :D
     
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    This is my basic kit
    Always nearby
    In the car i have a larger kit and mix it up depending on the outing
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    Duct tape; for patching holes in most anything

    Bag balm impregnated cotton balls; antiseptic fire starters

    Flour Sack Towel; head covering, towel, washcloth, tablecloth, tourniquet, or bandages

    Sewing Kit; for patching holes in most anything
     
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    What do you carry them in? Do you take both with you?
     
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    This is pretty much what I carry.
    I've also got a few bandannas, neosporin or equivalent with me as well.
     
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    I have a large first / only aid kit I have.

    When I'm just on short walk about I like having a large bandana / dew rag; some duct tape, some super glue, and a small pack of medecines Notably benedryl and ibuprofen. A couple single use triple anti biotic tubes.

    I have fund the meds and ductape for small boo boo's get the most use.

    I have a repair kit with needles in it for getting out splinters, and usually other stuff that may be put to first aid use.

    If I suspect I could need to take care of others, then I at least attach a largish pouch to my pack.

    If it is hunting for some lost soul, then the full med pack gets to go along along with coms and such. (I usually put one of my boys to carrying the med stuff and another one with food and family gear. etc.) We have been blessed this year without having to deal with any local tragedies, but they happen, best to be prepared and not need it than need and not have it handy.
     
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    ditto on the "live and let live"....I see the same types on "Lantern Hill" near foxwoods.

    Back to the thread...

    I carry a basic store bought kit, except I take out a lot of the band aids and add in some quick clot and a tourniquet. My kit is centered around hunting and any injury that may arise from that, mostly cuts from gutting or my arrowheads.
     
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    I keep both in my daypack, which goes with me into town, etc.

    I also have spare trauma kits that stay in my truck console and another in an IFAK pouch on my woods/hunting belt kit.
     
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    There's a RN in the local bird watching group that scares more than reassures me. She packs enough first aid to set up a triage.
    First Aid is to keep people stable and alive until you can get them to full on medical care asap and practice 'Do no harm.' I do
    keep a fairly complete kit with as much redundancy as possible.
     
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    Mine fits in a Mentos container.

    Several large cloth-backed band aids, tweezers, tick tool, NeoSporin, dental repair kit (tiny-about the size of a foam earplug), and I think that's it except for meds: Motrin, Pepto-Bismol.

    I have a larger kit with a little more in it, but the thing I CAN'T improvise is meds. For everything else, there's duct tape, a bandana, a t-shirt, or something else. Beyond that, I'm past the limit of my skills to treat.
     
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    All I have is:

    quikclot
    trauma dressing
    2 alcohol wipes
    1 neosporin packet
    small gauze tape
    ibuprofen
    small piece of moleskin
     
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    ^This is a sentiment that I'd like to hear more people admit.

    I don't go anywhere without a good (i.e. tuned to me and what I do) FAK. It's never further from me than my EDC bag, even in the house. It's a medium HPG pouch with trauma supplies immediately available (two rolls of gauze, swabs, tape, closers, and gloves), and then more of the same, plus what I would normally take for a few days backpacking, plus the 5 C's, all wrapped in a plastic bag. I really like the integrated FAK/PSK approach; it not only gets rid of the only-an-altoids-tin philosophy, but reduces the number of pouches/containers you need to have with you.
    One thing I've used way more often than I thought I would is blaze flagging tape; I've used it marking where I've gone in fishing creeks I didn't know, flagging lumber on the ride home, marking deer trails, and more, so I keep a big roll in my truck and replenish a small amount in my FAK when I need to.
    Since we're on the subject, I dropped a newly-sharpened chisel on my foot, in birkenstocks, three days ago. It was sufficiently bad to wonder whether or not to go get stitches, but no major stuff got cut, lots of slow blood. I had gauze, tape, and butterflies on it very quickly, but I noticed that all the cloth and mesh tape in the ziploc bag was ruined; somehow, moisture had gotten into the bag and sealed the tape into one big chunk of useless. I'd really rather find that out in my kitchen than on the trail somewhere. Check your kits!
     
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    I separate my Trauma kit and my booboo / hygiene kit.

    The IFAK is in my cargo pocket so it's with me at all times if I'm out hiking, while the booboo kit / hygiene kit is in my backpack.

    IFAK:
    CAT Tourniquet, Israeli Bandage, Halo seal, Quick Clot gauze, Gloves, Small benchmade rescue hook

    Booboo / Hygiene Kit:
    Standard booboo stuff (Various bandaids, tegaderm, steristrips, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment)
    Basic Meds (Oral Rehydration Salts, Anti Diarrhea, Pepto, Pain reliever, etc)
    Hygeine stuff (Wet wipes for field bath, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, insect repellent, buttpaste, powder, travel sized bodyglide for anti-chafing, Moleskin)

    My PSK also has some minor booboo stuff in it, just smaller in quantity.

    I don't EDC anything med related but a good pair of nitrile gloves, though I have an FAK in the car / with my fire gear so it's usually pretty close at hand. Tweezers on my keychain get a hell of a lot of use.
     
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    I just took a recertification course for my Wilderness First Responder and I built a new kit just for the course...

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    IFAK includes:
    -RAT's Tourniquet
    -space blanket
    -Israeli 4" bandage
    -quick clot clotting sponge
    -trauma shears
    -rolled gauze (3"x36", x2)
    -ace bandage
    -medical tape
    -nitrile gloves
    -wet wipes
    -CPR face shield
    -dust mask
    -gauze pads (4" x3 and 6" x3)
    -pencil
    -boo-boo pouch w/bandaids, moleskin, antibiotic ointment, burn cream, alcohol wipes, aspirin, Ibuprofen, antihistamines, hydrocortisone cream, tweezers
     
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    normally my first aid kit weighs a little over an ounce- small roll gauze, leukotape, Steri-strips, packet of triple antibiotic, small bag of meds

    for my upcoming trip into the Bob Marshall, it's about 3 ounces- adding to the above 6 4x4's, two packs of Celox, small irrigator, splinter tweezers, ACE bandage, more meds
     
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    I quit carrying much of anything. A couple of bandaids, maybe a gauze square and some super glue, but usually it’s a knife, leatherman, chapstick and a belt.

    I’m of the thought process that if I know I have the stuff to patch me up if I’m stupid, I’ll do some stupid shit.

    The above post sounded dumb when I re-read it, so here’s the truth.....I’m lazy and carrying stuff just in case gets heavy. So I don’t carry it anymore, I’ll improvise, I guess. I have to carry a ton of shit I don’t want to at work so I’m not going to when I’m out on my own time.

    I’m not a doctor, nurse, EMT or anything special. I took a cpr class a few years back as a work requirement, but couldn’t tell you anything I learned.

    So far so good (don’t worry, I just knocked on some wood.....)
     
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    Especially compared to other kits here, not much but definitely vitamin I can't be backpacking without vitamin I.

    The rest is pretty standard affair, a few different bandaids, antiseptic whipes, small super glue tube and the rest is repair kits stuff like needle and thread, spare lighter, twisty ties, safety pin, button compass. Weights just over an oz or maybe under, can't recall now.

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    A dozen assorted bandaids couple packets of ointment and a bandana make up my kit
     

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