My First Aid Kit

7:23 a.m. on February 25, 2014 (EST)
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In another thread about grams, a couple people asked me to post some videos of how I took weight off my pack. That thread has wandered so many places (good wandering!)  I thought I would post them here.

The first vid is under 2 minutes and focuses on reducing packaging that adds empty weight to the pack:

And this is my take on a well-balanced, UL First Aid kit. I understand there are ways to go lighter, but this is my choice...."Hike your own hike!"

9:34 a.m. on February 25, 2014 (EST)
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The videos are great, keep them coming.  Nice job of finding simple, readily available containers for repacking creams and the like.

8:37 p.m. on February 26, 2014 (EST)
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I was out snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountains today with a guy who use to teach backcountry camping courses at UCLA. I showed him my FAK, and he was really impressed with it. At first, I thought he was just being polite, but at the end of the day, he brought the subject up again and restated that it was a quality kit.

So...everyone has their opinions, but it was good to hear from a "professional."

11:37 p.m. on March 6, 2014 (EST)
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One thing to consider to add is Tagaderm. It was developed for burn care, but it is excellent for any open wound, including blister care.

I also have used straw lengths melted closed when I am being a gram weenie to carry ointment.

And the strangest item I won't leave without is 20% Anbesol gel. Not only is it good for mouth issues, It works amazingly well on mosquito bites!

2:05 a.m. on March 7, 2014 (EST)
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Smart call on the Anbesol - never would've thought of it, but makes complete and total sense now! Not a terrible thing for a thru-hiker to have, either...rarely if ever do you see dental care represented beyond the 'ol brush/paste/floss (if that). 

6:56 p.m. on March 7, 2014 (EST)
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Nice kit Goose, I finally found the time to watch yer vid.

It is rather similar to my kit!

10:04 p.m. on March 7, 2014 (EST)
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Adventure Medical makes a nice 3.5oz dental  kit with just about everything you would need for a dental emergency. I always carry one with me on hikes and Camping

12:47 p.m. on March 8, 2014 (EST)
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+1 on the Tegaderm... these really are a game-changer!

I also would recommend anyone to carry an irrigation syringe, very light, very useful.

6:20 p.m. on March 15, 2014 (EDT)
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nice job on the fak video. yours weighs a ton next to mine! but then I'm just day hiking now. I have the adventure dental kit, on multidays since I have fillings. its got temp filling material, which would come in handy should I lose one.

10:58 a.m. on March 20, 2014 (EDT)
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I want to thank you G00SE! I really love the idea of using the contact lens storage jars... Now if I can just find the kind with Hello Kitty logos... jk?


11:07 a.m. on March 21, 2014 (EDT)
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HA! HA! HA! I'd totally go with Hello Kitty if I could find them.

11:56 a.m. on March 21, 2014 (EDT)
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First of all, there's a ton of personality in your vids.  It makes me want to see them to the end just to know what whacky thing happens... I wouldn't want to miss out!

As to the FAK, it's clearly well thought through.  Thanks for sharing G00SE!

7:39 p.m. on March 21, 2014 (EDT)
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Great video Goose, I keep stuff in my contact lens cases too. Still looking for something to put the magic beans in though.


7:24 p.m. on March 22, 2014 (EDT)
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I am just starting out.  Thank you for putting together the video.  I got to see everything as you went through each section.  I also liked that you gave a reason for your supplies.

8:36 a.m. on March 23, 2014 (EDT)
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@Mike- Magic Beans fit nicely in an empty chap stick tube.

@Sweetpea- Thanks for the props. If you check my YouTube page I have some other videos like this. Please subscribe!

11:55 p.m. on March 24, 2014 (EDT)
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Informative stuff, Goose. I'd caution anyone from using contact lens cases to hold liquids, however, as they will leak - I'm hiking this entire coming season with eyeglasses that have Transitions lenses because of the leakage. Also a little more UL by not having to carry all the contact lens paraphernalia. Ointments and toothpaste should be fine, though. Thanks for posting this!

12:15 p.m. on March 26, 2014 (EDT)
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Forgot to thank you, too, Goose - we've owned a Scentsy for probably a couple years now, and the scent's starting to fade. Using it as a firestarter? Fantastic way of re-purposing what otherwise would be plain 'ol trash.

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