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#1 Stupendous Walrus

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 08:53 PM

Now, we're not talking minimalist, bare bones, but not exactly a full on trauma kit so to speak. For rough guidelines we'll assume you're building a "Level II" style kit: medium sized bag, enough variation to treat yourself and immediate people around you in every day situations, with some basic first response capability. An example would be minor canpfire accidents, such as mild to moderate cuts or burns, versus treating somebody as a first response to a car accident. (I.e. massive bleeding, copound fractures etc.)

Off the top of my head, The obvious:
Band aids (assorted)
Triangular bandages
Gauze (roll(s) and sterile compresses)
Tape
Tensor style bandages
Burn cream and/or treatment pads
Sting/bug treatment
Water purification tabs
Disinfectant
Gloves
Scissors
Tweezers
Quik Clot
OTC painkillers & analgesics

I have some thinking to do about this, but let's hear from you guys: the experts.
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Posted 10 March 2015 - 09:26 PM

OTC Antihistamine
Qtips
Liquid bandage
Neosporin antibiotic
Alcohol/ hydrogen peroxide
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Posted 10 March 2015 - 09:40 PM

Great list of items so far, let's keep adding?

 

Some things to consider:

-Thermometer

-EpiPen

-CPR Mouth Barrier

-Instant Cold Compress

-Manual with instructions (CPR, bandaging, etc.) and important

 phone numbers (Poison Control, etc.)


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#4 Stupendous Walrus

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 10:07 PM

Great additions guys! Yes, keep adding!
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#5 Mikey Bautista

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 12:45 AM

Needed this thread, thanks for starting it Walrus. :)


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 04:38 AM

i bought a big first aid kit recently, will look through it and see whats missing off your list.

one thing i am thinking of changing out of it is the scissors and putting in the leatherman shears. They are designed for EMT so they will be sharp and useful.


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 06:32 AM

i bought a big first aid kit recently, will look through it and see whats missing off your list.
one thing i am thinking of changing out of it is the scissors and putting in the leatherman shears. They are designed for EMT so they will be sharp and useful.


Good point Sam. I keep sheers, not scissors in my FAKs.
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Posted 11 March 2015 - 06:53 AM

As I've been thinking about FAK, I missed one important detail. I don't have just one, I have several kits. They're everywhere...in the cars, around the house, travel bags, day bags, in my office, etc. The idea is to have even just the basics always in arms reach, whether the FAK is on my person or not. And we keep additional supplies stocked in the house all the time to reload & update the kits.
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Posted 11 March 2015 - 07:29 AM

As I've been thinking about FAK, I missed one important detail. I don't have just one, I have several kits. They're everywhere...in the cars, around the house, travel bags, day bags, in my office, etc. The idea is to have even just the basics always in arms reach, whether the FAK is on my person or not. And we keep additional supplies stocked in the house all the time to reload & update the kits.

 

I agree with you, Dom. It is ideal to have these kits scattered around

so you don't have to worry about forgetting to bring a FAK with you.

The contents would have to be affordable enough to buy multiples of

so you can stash them in your home, car, workplace, take on vacations,

and so on if you really want to be prepared.

 

The idea is to not have to think about it until you need it,

and when you need it- it should be easy to find and use.


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 08:48 AM

I agree with you, Dom. It is ideal to have these kits scattered around

so you don't have to worry about forgetting to bring a FAK with you.

The contents would have to be affordable enough to buy multiples of

so you can stash them in your home, car, workplace, take on vacations,

and so on if you really want to be prepared.

 

The idea is to not have to think about it until you need it,

and when you need it- it should be easy to find and use.

 

For the most part, the FAKs are budget friendly. Most of the supplies don't expire, and are sealed, such as gauze. Some items will expire, like the meds, and antibiotics will dry up. But even those are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased in small quantities. The idea is that quantity is equally as important as quality in the kits. 

 

Great topic Walrus!


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 10:04 AM

I saw this in a parallel thread - a tube of Crazy Glue.


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 05:18 PM

I agree with crazy glue, not only can it be used in emergency as liquid stitches, but its great for everything. Another thing i would recommend is something to make basic splints with. This could be as simple as planks of wood sanded to me smooth, or you could go as far as something like a sam splint: http://www.amazon.co...=sam splint,aps. This is great for immobilizing a wide variety of injuries. 


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 06:21 PM

Great idea on the Crazy Glue.

I agree about multiple kits, but I don't keep nearly the same amount of stuff in my EDC kit that I do in the house, or camping. We're talking about your "home base" kit, as it were.
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Posted 11 March 2015 - 07:33 PM

When I return home in a few days, I'll post what I carry in mine.  I keep it all in the Maxpedition Individual First Aid Pouch.  I should probably have it with me since I'm traveling, but room in my suitcase and carry on was at a premium, so I went with more gadgetry instead.   :)


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 09:02 PM

When I return home in a few days, I'll post what I carry in mine.  I keep it all in the Maxpedition Individual First Aid Pouch.  I should probably have it with me since I'm traveling, but room in my suitcase and carry on was at a premium, so I went with more gadgetry instead.   :)


Do you carry a scaled down one, out of curiosity?

Also, I love the Maexpedition first aid pouches.
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Posted 12 March 2015 - 06:44 PM

Do you carry a scaled down one, out of curiosity?

Also, I love the Maexpedition first aid pouches.

 

Somewhat scaled down.  It's definitely more for everyday injuries.  


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Posted 13 March 2015 - 08:29 AM

Someone needs to buy this:

http://www.countycom...grab&gokit.html


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#18 Chris Szaroleta

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 04:57 PM

Someone needs to buy this:

http://www.countycom...grab&gokit.html

 

That. Is. Awesome.

 

The knife alone looks incredibly badass!


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#19 Stupendous Walrus

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 06:37 PM

Cool Dom.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 10:59 PM

Someone needs to buy this:

http://www.countycom...grab&gokit.html

 

CountyComm is so cool; I just want to buy everything they have! 


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