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Old 04-13-2004, 09:42 AM   #1
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Who out there brings first aid kits with them?

This is what I'm looking at right now.

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What do you think?
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Regardless of where I go, I always have some form of a first aid kit with me. I learned from my father to always be prepared. I always have pain medication, gauze, bandages, tape, etc. Occassionally even needle and thread... yes home stitching. of course iodine and peroxide. amongst a few others.

Granted most times you will probably be in relatively populated areas so you shouldn't need much more then the basics, but if you want to venture into rural areas and hiking, mountain climbing and such, you would probably need to include a bit more in depth of supplies.

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i make my own, but it always includes:

needle and thread
tweezers
blister pads
gauze pads
bandaids, various sizes
cough drops
immodium ad
aleve (tylenol)
dramamine
alcohol pads
neosporin
nyquil
ginger pills


it sounds like a lot, and true - i rarely if ever use the stuff, but i feel great having it all, and it all fits into this small 3x2x7 inch travel bag i have. nothing like peace of mind.
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I've seen some people bring salt pills with them, whats the deal with those?

What are ginger pills for?
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I know I was told what the salt pills were for... but I can't truly remember. I think something about the amount of iodine or something. BLAST!
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it's re-hydration salts ya'll are thinking of - and they are used in the case of severe dehydration caused by diarhhea. i would only bring these if i was truly going to be away from civilization for days/miles - like on a week long backpacking through the mountains... for standard travellers shits a 1/2 gatorade 1/2 water mix should bring us up to speed just fine.

the ginger pills are for nausea. i just love them.
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just in case u get realy drie joan
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Salt pills repace the natral salts and minerals that you lose when you sweat and stops heat exaustion. You can make your own in an emergency if you get ill. 1 teaspn sugar 3 teaspn salt in a ltr of water. sipped.
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"needle and thread?"....Gulp.....you don't mean to go like Rambo with? meaning you'd sew your own gaping flesh wound shut....Oh man, the agony.
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lol

I find when I'm stitching myself up biting down on a chunk of leather helps, or a branch if I'm in the forest



oh man...even thinking of that makes my eyes water
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Theres always the free healthcare in European countries to take advantage of if anything remotly serious happens.
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don't forget the leaches and sterolised magots , also make a good meal
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Haveing some type of first aid kit is a good idea, and I do travel with one as well..the one you have pick looks nice and compact...If its a minor injury then sometimes its beter to try and fix yourself than rush to a hospital and loose a day or more waiting for treatment...make sure your insurence is up to date, know where there is hospitals and you can email to hospital to find out if there is english speaking staff

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"needle and thread?"....Gulp.....you don't mean to go like Rambo with? meaning you'd sew your own gaping flesh wound shut....Oh man, the agony.
Yeah, yeah, hey I plan for severe situations. You never know when you may slip and gash open your leg 25 miles from civilization and be gushing blood all over. Need to sew that shit right up. Probably leave a hell of a scar.
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Taking a first aid kit is important, but also very important is to take a basic first aid course if possible. Knowing what to do in an emergency can save a life. Here in the states, the American Health Association or Red Cross provide training in CPR/airway obstruction that is especially valuable to know. I'd recommend everyone take the time to learn, usually the coures can be completed on a weekend too.

I don't mean to preach, but I know firsthand how important this knowledge can be.
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....Gulp.....you don't mean to go like Rambo with?
yes, yes we do, you never know when you might need to sport a red bandana, and masaca half the local police force
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when I'm away I take a little pencil case filled with the following items.

needle (popping nasty blisters), bandaids (asst. sizes), gauze pads, q-tips, a clothsline (in case i need a make shift turnaquet(i butchered that word)), alochol pads, noesporian, and a few other asst. items.

i've only every used the bandaids and alcohol pads. and that was because i cut myself with a razor. Oh yeah! I forgot a pair of tweezers! Nasty glass shardes and splinters.
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I carry the following items:

Bandaids, Gauze, tape, butterflies, alcohol pads, tweezers (in my swiss knife), sewing kit (for clothes and wounds), mole skin, emergency blanket (looks like foil), and thermometer, tylenol, pepto, imodium, excedrin tension (for me), vitamins, fibercon pills, dremamine, eye drops, and a bandana.

I have done some group trips and have always been called the 'medic' for my (what I call basic) medical knowledge. Boy Scouts did pay off a little. I have also read a nurse handbook so I guess I know a little more than the average Joe. Hope this helps!

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nurse handbook, like in Pulp Fiction? are you gonna start stabbing people in the heart? AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! "That was trippy!"
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I just picked up a little first aid kit for $2.95 with dimentions about 6" x 4" x 1" perfect for backpacking where space is limited (at Staples Home Depot of all places)! It has some basic stuff in there, but i'm gonna add some more band aids, tweezers, gauze, alcohol pads, etc. from home and I'm all set to go. I'm a big fan of having basic first aid stuff with you at all times (yes, I have a kit on my car too). Over the years I've used it MANY times and it's the only thing that I will haul around and hope that I never get to use.
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