First aid kit

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bushblade

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Hi all, recently took some pics of my personal first aid kit and thought I'd show them for those that are interested in such things :)

Its very small and lightweight, easily fitted in a pocket. I do have bigger kits but this one gets used most as its the one I end up carrying most.

The contents are based on my own personal experience of what I've needed to treat myself, Its not intended for treating others but does get used in that capacity if nothing else is available.





  1. Mr Bump cohesive bandage.
  2. Flat, wide roll of metolius branded climbers finger tape (zinc oxide).
  3. Roll of Duck brand duct tape.
  4. Victorinox classic: scissors, blade, tweezers, tooth pick, nail file etc.
    with safety pin.
  5. Povidone iodine in dropper/application bottle.
  6. Friars' balsam (tincture of benzoin) in dropper/application bottle.
  7. 10 tablets of ibuprofen 200mg
  8. 10 tablets of paracetamol 500mg
  9. 5 Caffeine/dextrose pills.
  10. zip lock bag containing; 4 savlon (cetrimide) wipes, 4 povidone iodine swabs, 6 ispropyl alcohol swabs.
  11. zip lock bag containg; 1 pack of 5 steri strips, 2 5cmx5xcm melolin pads,
    2 elestoplast cut to fit dressing strips, 3 waterproof elastoplasts, 1 large elastoplast dressing.
  12. Blister kit; 1 large strip of moleskin, 3 large compeed dressings, 2 medium compeed dressings.
  13. 2 packs of 5 gauze swabs.
  14. 4.5" by 7" Aloksak.


Its frequently accompanied by this kit; This is a back up to other kit carried so isn't my only fire kit or head torch carried.





  1. Tincture of Iodine in plastic cohesion dropper style bottle.
  2. Petzl e+lite.
  3. 10ml irrigation syringe.
  4. 4 1/2" by 7" Aloksak.
  5. 1 pair nitrile rubber gloves.
  6. Nalgene vial containg small repair kit: Tenacious tape, safety pins, needles and strong polyester thread.
  7. 1 roll of un-waxed dental floss and 2 sets of spare e+lite batteries.
  8. 1 pair of extended wear contact lenses.
  9. Spark lite firestarter and tinder (vaseline soaked cotton balls)
  10. Butane lighter with adjustable flame.


All comments and criticisms welcome :)

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Mastino

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Impressive. No-nonsense, practical & to the point. Looks like you work in the medical field.

Perhaps some 'crash' stuff can be added, like a pressure field dressing. My biggest worry when in the woods is a severe bleeding wound caused by axe/open fracture (although gauze+duct tape is a very good alternative...).
 
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bushblade

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Impressive. No-nonsense, practical & to the point. Looks like you work in the medical field.

Perhaps some 'crash' stuff can be added, like a pressure field dressing. My biggest worry when in the woods is a severe bleeding wound caused by axe/open fracture (although gauze+duct tape is a very good alternative...).
Yeah I do carry a FFD too if using large cutting tools or with a group.
 

TeeDee

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Impressive. No-nonsense, practical & to the point. Looks like you work in the medical field.

Perhaps some 'crash' stuff can be added, like a pressure field dressing. My biggest worry when in the woods is a severe bleeding wound caused by axe/open fracture (although gauze+duct tape is a very good alternative...).
Ditto... I'm not to concerned about the Headaches and occasional splinter but the possible big-bleed situation.
After all we do play with sharp-slicey things out in the middle of nowhere.

Good kit.
 

grantdan

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compared to my lage tin full of plasters and painkillers thats a very comprehensive and impressive first aid kit. well done in covering most possibilites. how about sterile eye cleaning fluid?
 

bushblade

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compared to my lage tin full of plasters and painkillers thats a very comprehensive and impressive first aid kit. well done in covering most possibilites. how about sterile eye cleaning fluid?
For foreign bodies in the eye?
I would just mix up some disinfected water and either use the irrigation syringe or add the solution to a zip lcok bag, pierce the corner with a needle then use that to direct the water into the eye.
 

Glydr

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Point Id like to mention in regard to the eye cleaning fluid. I had a night out bushcrafting a few weeks back, under a largish debris shelter with a tarp hung inside that as extra shelter, in the middle of the night my mate wakes up and goes to sit up, his boots were right by his head next to him and he cant see them in the dark. He ends up somehow putting his eye onto the corner of his boot tongue, right into the coloured part of his eye, woke up the next day with a weeping red itchy eye, total freak accident and one we wernt prepared for, lucky we was only out for one night. I meself once had a midge land on my eyeball while in isle of skye once, had to get a mate to just touch it off with his little finger. Eye stuff is a good idea to carry
 
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Martyn

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Hi all, recently took some pics of my personal first aid kit and thought I'd show them for those that are interested in such things :)

Its very small and lightweight, easily fitted in a pocket. I do have bigger kits but this one gets used most as its the one I end up carrying most.

The contents are based on my own personal experience of what I've needed to treat myself, Its not intended for treating others but does get used in that capacity if nothing else is available.





1 Mr Bump cohesive bandage.
2 Flat, wide roll of metolius branded climbers finger tape (zinc oxide).
3 Roll of Duck brand duct tape.
4 Victorinox classic: scissors, blade, tweezers, tooth pick, nail file etc.
with safety pin.
5 Povidone iodine in dropper/application bottle.
6 Friars' balsam (tincture of benzoin) in dropper/application bottle.
7 10 tablets of ibuprofen 200mg
8 10 tablets of paracetamol 500mg
9 5 Caffeine/dextrose pills.
10 zip lock bag containing; 4 savlon (cetrimide) wipes, 4 povidone iodine
swabs, 6 ispropyl alcohol swabs.
11 zip lock bag containg; 1 pack of 5 steri strips, 2 5cmx5xcm melolin pads,
2 elestoplast cut to fit dressing strips, 3 waterproof elastoplasts, 1 large
elastoplast dressing.
12 Blister kit; 1 large strip of moleskin, 3 large compeed dressings, 2 medium
compeed dressings.
13 2 packs of 5 gauze swabs.
14 4.5" by 7" Aloksak.
That's a very good first aid kit, I like it a lot. It's tempting to put too much in them "just in case" but that is small and well rationalised. It's a good model. The only things I would add, would be a photon torch, a pair of nitrile gloves and an optional 4" bloodstopper or Israeli dressing for when using sharps/axes etc. Very nice kit.
 
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bushblade

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Thanks Martyn, yeah I do carry a field dressing too when sharp tools are involved.
Like you say I could just add..... but then it wouldn't be so easy to carry.

This one I can carry in my pack, be it day hike or over-nighter, then easily slip into a pocket when away from the pack, with a ffd if using cutting tools.
 
Impressive. No-nonsense, practical & to the point. Looks like you work in the medical field.

Perhaps some 'crash' stuff can be added, like a pressure field dressing. My biggest worry when in the woods is a severe bleeding wound caused by axe/open fracture (although gauze+duct tape is a very good alternative...).
If you are worried about bleeds then try this dressing - it does small and large wounds, burns and also has an extra roll of material for either pressure or packing large open wounds.

http://www.boundtree.co.uk/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=934

I carry one in my pocket when I go out as a just in case.
 

IMOM

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I see you have doubled up on the Iodine might be a good idea to get one of those little eye wash sticks as a replacement ,the last thing you will want to do is start mixing up a solution and setting up your syringe with one or both eyes shut. :)

Also an FFD is a very versitile bit of kit and if its the later elasticated type even easier to put on yourself ,however you dont need to be using knifes and axes to end up having major bleeds ,open fractures from falls and tips will bleed and a sticky plaster wont do alot to stop this.

As you said this is your personal kit and each to there own,just some friendly advice

PS: having some "Friars' balsam (tincture of benzoin) in dropper/application bottle." is seriously hard core and the use of is now considered Barbaric in the military nowadays. so top marks !

I know when I have had it applied to my feet it was like dancing on the fires of hell !
 

bushblade

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I see you have doubled up on the Iodine might be a good idea to get one of those little eye wash sticks as a replacement ,the last thing you will want to do is start mixing up a solution and setting up your syringe with one or both eyes shut. :)

Also an FFD is a very versitile bit of kit and if its the later elasticated type even easier to put on yourself ,however you dont need to be using knifes and axes to end up having major bleeds ,open fractures from falls and tips will bleed and a sticky plaster wont do alot to stop this.

As you said this is your personal kit and each to there own,just some friendly advice

PS: having some "Friars' balsam (tincture of benzoin) in dropper/application bottle." is seriously hard core and the use of is now considered Barbaric in the military nowadays. so top marks !

I know when I have had it applied to my feet it was like dancing on the fires of hell !
Hi, thanks for that. Yes I do carry a ffd (new israeli type) too.
The povidone is primarily for first aid, the tincture primarily for water purification. I usualy have a small bottle of saline anyway as I wear contact lenses.
I don't use the friars' balsam for blisters, I'm not that hardcore :yikes: I use it as a topical adhesive for dressings, as an antiseptic dressing on its own on minor cuts, for mouth ulcers and as a decongestant mixed with hot water and inhaled.

All the best

Will
 

Ahjno

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Will,

What bottle do you use for storing your (contact lenses) saline in please? As I'm also visually challenged ;) and have some difficulties finding a good bottle (that isn't to big ...)

Thanks!
 

bushblade

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Will,

What bottle do you use for storing your (contact lenses) saline in please? As I'm also visually challenged ;) and have some difficulties finding a good bottle (that isn't to big ...)

Thanks!
Hi, I just use a 60ml travel bottle of Amo complete. If you can't find them in the stores try asking your optician if they have any sample bottles they would kindly donate to your cause.