First Aid Kit

8:03 p.m. on August 12, 2013 (EDT)
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833 grams/1.8 lbs. I'm clearly no UL, and I take mother nature very seriously. Here is the break-out of my first aid kit, I'd like to hear from you in regards to improving this part of my rig... thank you in advance!!!

Sea To Summit eVent dry bag/freezer bag interior

Various pills w/cotton balls; ibuprofin, aspirin, heavy duty antibiotic, heavy duty pain relief, antihistamine.

Ace bandage

emergency blanket


signal mirror

Duct tape, waterproof bandage tape, leukotape on bottle

Kit itself



Triple antibiotic

Stretch gauze

Bic Lighter

Leatherman Micra

Splinter Out

Fish hook

Razor blade/safety pins

Excedrin Migraine pills

After Bite insect bite treatment


Famatodine/Acid reducer

Water purifying tablets


A few small & regular size band-aids, fabric & regular

Alcohol/alcohol free wipes

Nasal strips

Several large pieces of moleskin

Large compress wound dressing

Several sizes of gauze pads

Several sizes adhesive band aid pads

Butterfly closures

Fingertip band aids

Knuckle band aids

Thermarest repair kit

Needle, thread, buttons

non-sterile latex gloves

basic first aid book

I intend on getting a hold of an irrigation syringe...

9:21 p.m. on August 12, 2013 (EDT)
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Water proof band aids are great, they will stay on all day, Zinc Oxide ointment.  I'm not a expert buy maybe a Wilderness Red Cross class or two.

11:05 p.m. on August 12, 2013 (EDT)
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A few years ago I added tweezers to mine after a cactus splinter got stuck in my lip (long story). Last trip I had a tiny deer tic in a place no man EVER wants to find a deer tic. If not for the tweezers, I'd have had to go to an ER for removal (never would have lived that down).

10:42 a.m. on August 13, 2013 (EDT)
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  • Try swapping the Ace bandage for veterinarian's tape. Lighter and it doesn't need clips. 
  • The tourniquet seem redundant - I always have a belt or strap of some kind I could use. 
  • That sure looks like a lot of bandages and medical stuff - it seems unlikely you'd ever be in a situation where you'd need that many bandages or gauze pads. I carry an Adventure Medical Kit .5 UL version, which provides everything I've ever needed in terms of bandaids and basic medical supplies. It even has duct tape, and I just top it off and add a few extras as required. 



  • The only thing I don't see, which is part of my kit, is a shelter. If I'm not already carrying a siltarp, I'll toss in a dollar-store poncho or plastic painter's tarp. Either one makes a decent emergency shelter. 
  • Love the McMurdo, but I'd carry it somewhere more accessible, like on the outside of your pack or on your belt. 
11:36 a.m. on August 13, 2013 (EDT)
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I might throw in an epi pen, if not for you, then for someone you encounter. Aside from skinned knuckles and knees, this is the thing that seems to get used the most.

12:54 p.m. on August 13, 2013 (EDT)
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My kit is heavy on gauze and tape rather than specific bandages with extra duct tape for spots the medical tape doesn't want to stick.  Never used anything but some moleskin one time, alcohol wipes on a few scratches and of course the Vitamin I but the first aid kit is a good place to tuck my fishing tackle for easy access.

One thing I don't see on your list Munro, unless I missed it, is some sort of  diarrhea treatment. I've never had to use it but I freshen up the supply in my kit once a year. Can literally be a life saver if someone comes up short in the back country.

8:36 p.m. on August 13, 2013 (EDT)
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that's the kind of kit you would carry for a group, not just one person. I do carry a suture, good for reattaching pack straps and fingers...

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