Thursday, January 17, 2013

Emergency/First Aid Kit

**Text/list updated 12/2017. Photos are older**

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:

Nu Mask CPR mask
Space Blanket bivy
Tiny leatherman tool
Petzl E-lite headlamp
magnesium fire starter striker
2 pairs gloves
Baling wire
Various gauzes
Blister covers
Ibuprofen
Benadryl
Pepto
Anti diarrheal
Tape
Blood clotting sponge
Alcohol wipes
Bandaids
Notebook
Pencil
Coban/Vet Wrap
Irrigation syringe
Tourniquet
Lighter
Steri strips
nasopharyngeal airway
Dermabond
Nighttime cold medicine
Tincture of Benzoine
Antibiotic ointment
Tampon
Spare contact lens

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.





4 comments:

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

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    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...

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