I always carry a first aid kit of some sort.  Doesn’t matter where I go, camping, hiking, in the car, in my backpack.  always.  I have several of them depending on the activity I am engaging in depends on which one I have with me.  If I am hiking, I carry a small one in my pack that allows me be prepared for ticks, small abrasions, etc.  In the car, I carry a larger one for potentially larger issues or accidents.  I suggest you to the same.  In fact, I suggest you examine the contents of first aid kits carefully before you buy one or several, and evaluate the needs you may have based on the activities you engage in, then I recommend you buy the kit and retrofit it with your own additions.  Some of the additions that I have added to my own are as follows:

  • Extra Tweezers to help get ticks or splinters out when you need to
  • Pair of surgical scissors if they are not already in the kit.
  • Fingernail and Toenail Clippers (the last thing you want when you are walking or hiking is a toenail causing you problems.  If you have to stop and clip it.  Do it. It is worse than having a pebble in your shoe or boot.
  • Soap and/or Antibacterial gel.  I travel a lot for work, so those little bars of hotel soap do a great job for me, as well as a small bottle of anti bacterial gel.
  • Disposable latex gloves to keep you protected from the so many diseases and germs that someone else may have that you do not want to contract.
  • Burn Gel.  Get something good like Water Burn Gel.
  • Additional Sutchers to close a deeper cut until you can make it to a hospital for stitches, if you do not know how to sew yourself up.
  • Additional Cold Pack or two.
  • Duct Tape, as it has hundreds of uses.
  • Ace Bandage (if not already included)
  • Water purification to create clean water to irrigate a wound or provide to your injured party if needed.
  • A couple of Power or Energy bars in case you or someone you are with needs to have their blood sugar elevated in a pinch.
  • your prescription medicine.  Why you might ask?  Because if you or someone you know are injured and you are stranded for 24 – 48 hours, you will have the invaluable prescription medicine you need to survive without additional harm to yourself.
  • A booklet on emergency first aid that you can review several times to become more familiar with procedures in certain emergencies.

I also suggest looking into your local American Red Cross office and taking one of their basic first aid and CPR courses.  Let me know if you think I forgot anything by posting a comment.

Next post will be “basic” hunting and fishing tools to keep in your trunk in the event you get stranded for a few days and have to forage on your own…

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