A Life Athletic

A Life Athletic

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. We should always have the first aid box at our home we don't know when the problem accrued. People also know the how to do CPR First aid that you can help any person or victim.

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