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Old 05-06-2005, 10:38 AM   #21
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I have one just like the one linked in the original message, only it was about $4 at an army surplus store... Remember, folks, REI has good stuff, but a lot of the more general, brand-irrelevant stuff can be had for FAR cheaper - Right GoKrazy?
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:31 PM   #22
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Absolutely Omisan! Any way to streach a buck. There is no excuse why people would travel without some basic first aid stuff with them. If you really don't want to fork out a few dollars on it, then the next time you go to your doctor (or walk in clinic, whatever) ask for a few samples - they will be glad to give you a few band-aids, disinfecting swabs, etc. If you have a friend who is a nurse at a local hospital - even better. For those of you who don't mind spending some money, I recommend getting CPR and First Aid training. I know that local hospitals and the Red Cross regularly run such courses in community centers, so take advantage of them. (It looks good on your resume too!)

Either way I hope everyone has a SAFE voyage.
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Good Advice GoKrazy.

I am certified in CPR first aid and lifegaurding... but the problem with it is if you don't use it you lose it cause. if I had to preform CPR on someone I would be prettty nervouse on how to do. but it is still a good I dea to get trained even though I think I have forgotten, the more I am starting to think about it I am beginnig to remmember everything.
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Yeah adam let me know if you need a re-cert. I am a lifeguard cpr/first aid instructor. As well as a water safety instructor.


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A re-cert is a great idea for those who have taken a course 2-5 years ago. It usually costs a lot less then a full course and it takes less time to do. I try to do mine every 2 years, cause I work/volunteer with kids and it has definately come in hand in the past.
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On both of my month long excusions to europe I had my mother (who's a nurse) pack me the "essentials" for a first aid kit. She managed to either find small travel size containers or "sample" containers of the following:

-Ace Wrap (can double as gauze)
-Band aids
-butterfly bandages (will hold together smaller wounds that would otherwise need stitches)
-Medical Tape
-Needle and heavy nylon thread (Cotton or thin threads will frey and leave debris in the wound. Thin fishing line also works.)
-Rubbing Alcohol (As opposed to peroxide which has a tendancy to burst due to the pressure on airplanes)
-Neosporin
-Ibuprofin (for hangovers or swelling)
-Tylenol (for fever)
-Antihisthamines (In case of previously unknown allergy)
- Pepto Bismol tablets (For food poisoning)

Everything fit into a small tupperware container I kept at the bottom of my backpack. I even had room to fit my alarm clock and paperwork in there as well.
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Very nicely done, Aurora! Excellent idea with the tupperware
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electrolyte tablets are a big plus to - to restore energy and fight fatigue
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-Antihisthamines (i learned from knowing anthon) also slow the regeneration of muscle tissue, so that you won't be as sore the next day after a day of lots of walking with a 45-50 lb pack. some also help you sleep. these are a life saver whenever we go mountain backpacking, but could come in handy for city backpacking.
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