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I’ve been realizing that my prepackaged EMS first aid kit is a lot of dead weight, so recently I’ve just been putting a few things in a ziploc bag to save weight and not have to sort through a lot of junk. But, I think I don’t have enough stuff now - a few 8” pieces of strengthtape, moleskin, a bottle of benzoin tincture, and Q-tips, all for blister care, a few bandaids and some gauze, a small pair of scissors, medical tape, and not much else. So I guess I need to find a happy medium and put together a kit that will cover my needs for the likely injuries such as smaller cuts and foot care, without leaving me completely helpless if I or another hiker should ever suffer a more serious injury. All without carrying a full-size pack of gear like the army medics did.
One thing I’m planning on doing is replacing the heavy (and breakable) bottle of benzoin tincture with swabs. Just bringing strengthtape or leukotape is another, since it sticks much better than medical tape and in the case of strengthtape it really stretches so a little does a lot. 2x2 gauze squares weigh next to nothing and have many uses, so I may leave the moleskin at home in favor of gauze tightly taped in place with strength/leukotape for blisters. Same goes for replacing bandaids. Alcohol pads, maybe iodine/betadine swabs, a few pair of rubber gloves, and a couple quick clot pads for stuff that’s beyond bandaids & gauze. Is there anything anyone would add or leave out?