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If you need to pack light and are limited on weight, what are the necessary supplies you carry for your first-aid kit?

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  • #16
    They make little iodine ampules that will cover all of your open wounds. DUCT TAPE. Cloth. medical reference book.

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    • #17
      I carry Adventure Medicals little pocket doctor in the waterproof bag it comes in. I added some alchahol pads, bandages, and some TP. I held the kit underwater, and under my faucet on full blast, and not a drop of water got in. The kit cost me about 8 bucks!

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      • #18
        I carry Adventure Medicals little pocket doctor in the waterproof bag it comes in. I added some alchahol pads, bandages, and some TP. I held the kit underwater, and under my faucet on full blast, and not a drop of water got in. The kit cost me about 8 bucks!

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        • #19
          I reccomend some hooks, line, matches coated in wax, match strike paper, compass, and water purifier.
          all packed in plastic waterproof bag.

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          • #20
            Don't forget some Quikclot gauze pads. Stops bleeding quickly. Used it at home and it worked.

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            • #21
              This is more a question than an answer. There were no mention of any antihistamine for the 1st aid kit (perhaps, I missed it). I have no experience with survival, but to me it make sense to have one. You never know what you may have, or develop an allergy for. And this thing can make a big difference before you get back to the camp and does not take much space. Just my opinion. Have anyone experienced a need for it?

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              • #22
                I keep Quikclot gauze pads in my first aid kit. It is a product that has been used by the military for several years and has saved numerous lives in Iraq and Afganistan. It is now available for civilian use.

                I have used it on a hiking friend who took a bad fall and cut his leg badly. We tried using conventional gauze pads and pressure, but couldn't stop the bleeding. I took out a Quikclot gauze pad and pressed it to his cut for a couple of minutes and bleeding completely stopped. We bandaged him and got him back to the trailhead and took him to an ER for stitches.

                Quikclot comes in packaging that is perfect for a personal first aid kit and is available at Quikclot.com, Cabelas and REI.

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                • #23
                  neosporin, bandaids, gauze and scissors.

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                  • #24
                    emergency blanket, triangular bandages, mole skin

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                    • #25
                      the most important thing you can have in your first aid bag is knowledge. You can do alot of things with nothing, but the stuff around you. Spint broken bones, cover wounds, and stabilize injuries with the woods you are in. Knowledge is power.

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                      • #26
                        Some seem to be getting off the topic of this post. Over 50 years in the woods I have never needed more than some bandaids, a small bottle of betadine, a few 4x4 gauze sponges, a small folded piece of duct tape, a jackknife, and a needle.

                        Needle for splinters. Duct tape for butterflys, to
                        hold sponges on injury, cover blisters, etc and betadine for disinfection replace earlier less effective components. Any more than this is wishful thinking and wastes space.

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                        • #27
                          Absolute necessity: Gauze and Tape - you can fabricate just about any size temporary bandage with that. Some triple antibiotic is also high on the list. Sticks can function as temp. splits with the tape.

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                          • #28
                            6 adhesive bandages,2 sterile gauze pads,3-by-3-inch,1smallroll of adhesive tape, 1 moleskin 3-by6-inch,1 small bar of soap, 1small tube of antiseptic,1 pair of scissors, 1 pair of latex gloves, 1 mouth-barrier device for rescue breathing or CPR, 1 plastic goggles or other eye protection , and 1 pencil and paper each

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                            • #29
                              Duct tape. It will serve many purposes.

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                              • #30
                                for hunting and most outdoor activities i carry an extractor for snake bits and stings. guaze, alcohol pads, dr tichiner mouth wash is the best rubbing alcohol. bandaids, mouth resesitation cover, a firstaid book. and a few other wraps. bottle of advil, uses are if a victim is having a heart attack, the advil will thin the blood increasing the chance for survival. tylonol for pain. ibeuprofin for swelling. latex gloves, triple antibiotic. thats about it.

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