Friday, November 14, 2014

My BOB First Aid Kit

Not actually Erin.
& is used with permission.
Following up on a post made several weeks ago where I talked about my in-home medical kit, this will be a photo exploration of the first-aid kid I have in my bug-out bag.

The base unit is the First Aid Only All-Purpose 299-piece kit, which I bought at my local Walmart years ago for about $20 but can be purchased from Amazon for about $19.50 and free shipping.

Here's what it comes with:

(75) 3/4"x3" Adhesive plastic bandages
(20) 3/4"x3" Fabric bandages
(30) 1"x3" Adhesive plastic bandages
(10) 1"x3" Fabric bandages
(4)   Knuckle fabric bandages
(4)   Fingertip fabric bandages
(2)   2"x4" Elbow & knee plastic bandages
(50) 3/8"x1-1/2" Junior plastic bandages
(1)   1-1/2"x1-1/2" Patch plastic bandage
(3)   Butterfly wound closures
(6)   2"x2" Gauze dressing pads
(4)   3"x3" Gauze dressing pads
(2)   4"x4" Gauze dressing pads
(1)   5"x9" Trauma pad
(1)   2" Conforming gauze roll bandage
(6)   Aspirin tablets
(6)   Ibuprofen tablets
(6)   Extra-strength non-aspirin tablets
(14) Alcohol cleansing pads
(15) BZK antiseptic towelettes
(6)   Antibiotic ointment packs
(2)   First aid cream packs
(3)   Insect sting relief pads
(2)   1/2"x5 yd. First aid tape roll
(1)   4"x5" Instant cold compress
(1)   Burn relief pack, 3.5 gm.
(1)   Sterile eye pad
(1)   Emergency blanket
(3)   2"x2" Moleskin squares
(1)   Thermometer, one time use
(10) 3" Cotton tipped applicators
(2)   6"x11/16" Finger splint
(2)   Exam quality vinyl gloves
(1)   4-1/2" Scissors, nickel plated
(1)   4" Tweezers, plastic
(1)   First aid guide

In my opinion, that's a pretty complete kit for a very good price. But I'm not done with it -- my incessant desire to tinker has led me to add things to it!  The idea here is to have a kit that will handle any discomfort or boo-boos that occur on a typical hike or camping trip.  More serious injuries are addressed with the Trauma Kit, which I will detail in a later post.
  • Medical shears
  • X-acto knife with extra blades
  • nail clippers/file
  • 10 safety pins
    (run the pin from one of them through the loop of the other 9 to keep them organized)
  • better set of tweezers
  • small bottle hand sanitizer
  • sealed plastic bottle of sterile 0.9% sodium chloride
    (mom brought some home after eye surgery and gave this one to me)
  • tube of Neosporin + Pain Relief ointment
  • tube of Bacitracin Zinc
  • tube of Blistex
  • tube of Cortizone 10plus
  • tube of Lotrimin antifungal
  • Blister Medic  (has both dressings and moleskin)
  • bottle of Gold Bond Body Powder, travel size
    (keeps feet dry AND prevents chafing)
  • small spray bottle of insect repellent with Maxi Deet
  • StingEze poison ivy relief spray
  • bottle of Afrin no-drip sinus spray
  • Breathe-Right strips
  • sheet of Benadryl ultratabs
  • sheet of Zantac 75
  • travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, & dental floss
  • Kanka SoftBrush Gel
  • Walgreens oral anesthetic paste with 20% Benzocaine
  • Halls cough drops
  • Smelling salt ampule
 As you can imagine, the bag is bigger now, but the zippers still zip and everything still fits inside. 

Did I forget anything?  Let me know!

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