Thursday, January 17, 2013

Emergency/First Aid Kit

More than anything else, folks ask what I carry for emergencies.  Now, this is by no means comprehensive;  For almost every trip I add in something more.  On ski trips, I add ski repair gear.  With bigger groups and overnight trips, more first aid gear is warranted.  In technical terrain, a minimum of retreat gear is in order.  Cold weather requires emergency insulation.  But packing always starts with this kit:

Enclosed, roughly top to bottom and left to right:

  • Latex gloves
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Extra calories
  • Leather-boy tool (pliers, blade, screwdrivers, file)
  • Baling wire
  • Various gauzes and blister treatments
  • Pills:  Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, antihistamine, anti-diarrheal, Pepto.
  • First aid tape
  • Magnesium/flint fire starter
  • Blood-clotting sponge
  • Heat-reflecting bivy sack
  • Lighter wrapped in duct tape
  • CPR mask
  • Hand and skin sanitizer
  • Bandaids
  • I normally have a tiny Petzl headlamp in there (1 oz.  Awaiting replacement)

All wrapped in a durable zippered pouch.  How many of the Ten Essentials 
are in this compact one-pound package?  It is small enough that I don't hesitate to take it basically everywhere I go.


  1. Great information, thanks for your take on the first aid/repair essentials! Quick question, what is the reasoning for taking the bailing wire?

    1. Thanks Joseph! I know I've used bailing wire for all sorts of things. Thing is, I can't think of any right now... maybe it's not all that necessary if I haven't used it in a while. Critical thinking, as always...

  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  3. This comment has been removed by the author.