Whats in your First Aid Kit?

Discussion in 'Hydration, Hygiene & Health' started by el manana, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Are you picking up a theme yet?... ;)

    Some of my FAK items others organise as personal hygiene...


    DIY FAK in 6 x 4 Aloksak (seal reinforced with gaffa tape, they're notorious for splitting there...bit disappointing really)


    1= Tick Removal Card
    2= 33g Bodyglide
    3= Gehwol foot cream (in lipbalm pot)
    4= Cotton Buds x 2
    5= Ibuprofen x 4 Paracetamol x 2 Co-codamol soluble x 2 Anti Histamine x 1
    6= Strappal tape (1.25cm wide)
    7= Elastoplasts various x 4, alcohol wipe x 1
    8= Compeeds x 4
    9= Melolin x 1

    110g in Total - this stays the same on any short trip.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2014
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  2. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Stretch bandage
    Assorted plasters x 6
    O-Tom tick twisters
    Uncle Bills silver grippers tweezers
    Diorrhea relief
    Cling film for burns
    Micropore 10mm
    Savlon spray iodine
    Safety pins in sewing kit
    Hikers wool
    Mirror for solo trips
    Water purification tabs
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2015
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  3. Jacko1066

    Jacko1066 Ultralighter

    Way too much!! In fact I'm keeping an eye on this thread for ideas!!
  4. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    For an overnighter - often nothing! (Especially outwith winter)

    Otherwise for longer trips.

    Zinc Oxide tape(Strappal)
    Melonin dressing
    Sterile Wipes
    Tick Twister
    Painkillers (various)
    non woven sling

    Lavender oil is sometimes taken for cuts n stings etc.

    For group stuff (where I have responsibility, leading Explorers etc) I take a bigger kit with field dressing, compression bandage and tough scissors. Considering getting a SAM splint if anylonger wilderness trips undertaken with youth groups).
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2014
  5. Kit McCallion

    Kit McCallion Trail Blazer

    Just dug out mine.

    1l Dry bag
    Midge repel
    20ml Sudocrem
    Medium bandage

    Ziplock containing:
    Cut-to-size sheets of plasters
    Assorted plasters
    Alcohol pads
    Bister plaster
    Surgical tape
    Large adherent dressing.

    Small nylon bag containing:
    Diohorrea relief
    Tick tweezers
    Heliograph / Tick mirror
    Safety pin
    Rehydration Salts
    Spare chlorine tablets

    All in 255g, but could do with some sunscreen adding for summer and more blister plasters.

  6. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

  7. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    Got same one myself, Nice little kit. Just added tick-key, painkillers, gavison and hayfever etc.
  8. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I carry some meds for a throat problem, Strappal tape, Sportslick, Neosporin... and thats it.
  9. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    I carry a Sawyer First Aid kit http://sawyereurope.com/firstaid/sp903

    • 4 x Alcohol Pads
    • 2 x Povidone/Iodine Wipes
    • 1 x Knuckle Bandage
    • 1 x Extra Large Bandage Strip
    • 1 x 50mm Sterile Gauze Roll
    • 1 x 75 x 75mm Sterile Gauze Pad
    • 2 x 50 x 75mm Non-adherent Sterile Gauze Pad
    • 2 x Tape Strips
    • 2 x Sting Wipes
    • 2 x Antibiotic Ointment
    • 5 x Mini Bandage Strips
    • 6 x Standard Bandage Strips
    • 1 x First Aid Manual
    Quite a neat little kit.
  10. Jacko1066

    Jacko1066 Ultralighter

    I should get mine up and let you boys tear it to shreds lol I carry way to much!!
    2 is 1 and 1 is none ;)
  11. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    You normally take yours in a spare pack if IIRC :D
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  12. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Most off the peg kits are pretty overpriced and often not relevant IME.

    Cleanliness and a dressing and tape deals with small wounds. Big stuff isn't catered for in small FAKs. Unlees you are carrying big dressings and bandages, Improvisation with clothing etc. is likely gonna be needed.

    Basically, training and experience is much more useful than a FAK when it comes to any accident of import.

    I've lived a physical outdoor working life, (tree work, gardening and landscaping, as well as backpacking and bushcrafty stuff for 30+ years so experienced a few cuts and knocks to myself and others over the years. (Plenty visits to casualty!). As well as the 4 day First Aid at work course plus refreshers, plus a days forestry and agricultural first aid (tip -dressings in FAKs will rarely be big enough!), I've also done 2 x 16hr Outdoor Wilderness first aid courses for my MLT stuff. It seems a drag, but after each course I'm always glad I did them.

    For backpacking, I don't take much FAK wise unless having the responsible leader hat on - when I take a bigger/more diverse kit which is potentially more useful.

    And if you don't take a knife with you, you'll probably need the cut kit even less often;)
  13. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

  14. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    Always carry about 6 ibuprofen tabs'. Scissors on penknife. Small section tubular bandage. That's it for overnighters or a few days wild camping.
    Never carried a first aid kit in 40 years. On longer, more isolated, overseas trips, take prescription antibiotics just in case food poisoning or bronchial infections, etc. Iodine, in case no filter/ Travel tap available.
  15. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    My first aid kit is a lot simpler than most peoples. In the left waist pocket of my pack I have 1 single IDF dressing, and a ziplock with a selection of plasters in it. Then in the top pocket I have another IDF dressing. I am pondering adding some low adherent dressings and tape, but have not yet done so.

    Along with this I carry a small drug pack containing:

    • 6 x Loratodine 10mg
    • 16 x Paracetamol 500g
    • 8 x Ibuprofen 200mg
    • 3 x Asprin 300mg.
    • 6 x Loperamide HCl 2 mg
    I am looking to add a couple of sachets of burn gel to the pack as well at some point, along with a tick twister.

    But that's it, nothing complex or extravagant.

  16. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    Here's my list. It's not carved in stone (or wood).

    Aspirin and ibuprofen.
    An army field dressing.
    A pair of scissors and a tweezers.
    A small assortment of Band-Aids together with a couple of pieces of moleskin. Also a couple of extra large Band-Aids (about 3" by 5" with the sticky part).
    A "space blanket."
    A roll of white medical tape.
    A couple of gauze pads (I think).
    A small tin of skin ointment in cold weather like we're having now.

    It all goes in a red nylon drawstring bag. I used to carry it in a small zippered nylon pouch a little bigger than a wallet until it finally wore out. Elsewhere in my outfit is a small mirror and a pocket knife but that's about it. In about 40 years of carrying it around, I've used one Band-Aid when in the woods and maybe some Aspirin but nothing else. I now have a better pair of scissors and the Band-Aids get replaced now and then because they get a little shop worn from being carried around all the time. The same outfit gets taken along when I travel and it seems to get more use then.

    It seems like it's rather skimpy but I've never needed anything more anywhere in my whole life. But there's a first time for everything, I suppose.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2014
  17. racer66

    racer66 Trail Blazer

    After reading this and looking at Shewies kit list chart, I have re jugged my basic kit. Its now the below as a combined first aid, and toiletries/repair kit.

    8 x Ibuprofen 400 mg
    4 x Asprin 300 mg
    2 x Solpadol 30mg/500mg
    1 x Doiralyte Sachet
    1 x Tribiotic Sacet 1g
    1 x Hydrocortisone Cream 1g
    1 x Sting & Bite Pad
    3 x Alcohol Prep pad
    1 x Molskine Sheet
    1 x Roll Strappal Tape
    12 Small 1 Large Compeed
    5 x Plasters
    1 x Mepore Pad 9x10 cm
    1 x Burn Gel 3.5g
    Tiger Balm 3g
    1 x Safety pin
    2 x Moist wipe
    1 x Sea To Summit Pocket Soap Leaves
    1 x Toothbrush
    1 x Colgate mini 10g
    1 x Gehwol Foot balm
    1 x Condom (various uses!)
    Spare Waterproof matches
    1 x Sugru Pack 5 g
    1 x Mini Alcohol Gel 10g
    1 x A4 microfibre towel
    1 x Roll od Bio Degradable loo roll

    All in a xxs exped ultrasil dry bag weight 250g

    Things to get are a tick card, as I am sure it will be needed sometime.

    Forgot the loo roll in the pic and towel. Lots of the little sachets and plasters are in the old compeed box.

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  18. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    Had to look twice when noticed a Condom in the list, is it for a water carrier or you planning to have posh tommy tank up in hills? :D
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  19. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    Ibuprofen and that's it....
  20. racer66

    racer66 Trail Blazer

    Keeps the tent clean I guess! But yeah stick it in a sock for support and makes a good water carrier 1ltr +, use it to cover a wound, bag some waste if needed, one of those what is I guess...
  21. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    Nice kit. A couple of things occur to me: You may want more burn blot than that, consider 3 sachets, not 1.

    You don't appear to have any decent dressings.

  22. racer66

    racer66 Trail Blazer

    Thanks and yes maybe another burn pack you are right, and I wasnt sure what larger dressings? I have a celox qwik clot thing in my car first ait kit I could add in, and lots of mini rolls of bandage I guess?
  23. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    I would add 2 medium ambulance dressings. All three of the burn blot sachets too. Spill your dinner on your chest, you'll appreciate it...

  24. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I'd leave it all behind.
  25. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Noticing hardly anyone else carries a mirror in the FAK?

    Wondering how do you all deal solo with a cut/parasite on your face, back or down below, or something in your eye? Check for the white of frostnipped cheeks or nose in the winter?

    Do you have a mirror on something else or rely on camp buddies?

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