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Homemade First Aid Kit

There are plenty of pre-packaged first aid kits out there but, here are some good ingredients that should go in most kits for most types of hikes. Keep in mind that the longer the hike, or the larger the group, the more safety gear you should bring.

by: Jason Stevenson

  • Tweezers
  • Safety Pins
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Antiseptic Towelettes
  • Wound Closure Strips
  • Moleskin or duct tape for blisters
  • Bandaids
  • ACE bandage
  • Bandanna (for splints)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine
  • Gatorade powdered drink (emergency electrolytes, energy)

Also, for a survival/first aid kit:

  • Signaling device (whistle, mirror)
  • Safety Matches/fire-starter
  • Mylar blanket

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Oct 13, 2012

I found a great resource...
To build your own custom first aid kit:<br>
You can start with and empty metal or plastic kit or a nice First aid bag or first aid pack, then you may continue adding individual items until you have exactly the items you would like in your custom kit! It's fast & easy! Here are my favorite links to do it online, and discounted!<br>
<li><a href="">Empty Metal Kits</a></li>
<li><a href="">Empty Plastic Kits</a></li>
<li><a href="">Empty First Aid Bags &amp; First Aid Packs</a></li>
<li><a href="">Individual supplies to fill your First Aid kit</a><br>

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Aug 16, 2012

I've used gorilla glue for closing small cuts mainly from dry skin. It works especially good where the band aids don't stick. Just be careful after a few days cause it does hurt when peeling it off and the area will be a little irritated.

Jul 19, 2012

Krazy Glue was used by NASA aboard the Later Apollo Mission for closure of wounds in weightless enviroments.

The Dude
Apr 12, 2012

The new standard for laypeople may be compression only CPR, but that's with a 6 minute time for emergency responders to arrive.

This man would not have survived on compression only CPR.

Apr 07, 2012

Marci, you may want to go back and re-read that article. It plainly states that compression only CPR is acceptable.

Marci Trana
Mar 25, 2012

See most recent method on CPR here...

Marci Trana
Mar 25, 2012

You still need to do CPR breaths! TB, Please do not give advise on life threatening changes to CPR if you are not trained. This is serious and could mean death for someone. YOU MUST STILL DO THE BREATHS!!!!

Nate B., SF Bay Area
Mar 13, 2012

Super Glue vs. Dermabond:

Super Glue or Krazy Glue (~$1/bottle, ~5yr shelf-life when kept in 'fridge) is ethyl-cyanoacrylate, a short chained (and therefore less stable) form of cyanoacrylate (this means it is more toxic and irritating to the skin).

Dermabond (~$28/application, 2yr shelf-life) is 2-Octyl-cyanoacrylate, a long chained (and therefore more stable) form of cyanoacrylate (less toxic and less irritating to the skin).

Also, Super Glue is not necessarily sterile, whereas Dermabond must be.

Being the cheap-bastard that I am, I'm probably going to go with the Super Glue. Hopefully I never have to use it for a laceration in the wilderness, and if I do it will probably only be one time in my life and I can put up with the irritation/toxicity.

Good abstract/article:

Dermatol Clin. 2005 Apr;23(2):193-8.

Cyanoacrylates for skin closure.

Eaglstein WH, Sullivan T.

Cyanoacrylates (CAs) were not widely adopted for medical use until recently because of lingering concerns regarding the initial tissue toxicities of the short-chain CAs. The medium-chain CAs, primarily butyl-cyanoacrylate, have been widely used in Europe and Canada for several decades and have gone a long way in dispelling any lingering concerns about tissue toxicity. The newer, longer chain CA, octyl-2-cyanoacrylate (2-OCA), now has been approved for multiple uses in the United States and has achieved widespread acceptance by the medical and lay communities. The current authors believe that this is probably only the beginning of the use of 2-OCA and other CAs in cutaneous medicine. This article discusses the use of CAs in their original cutaneous use as glues for the repair of lacerations and incisions and in their more recent use as dressings for the treatment of abrasions and wounds.

Asa Foley
Jan 23, 2012

After busting up my ankle, kit was in the car, started carrying fiberglass cast cloth, just wet and apply, let dry. Lite, cheap, easy, strong.

Jun 29, 2011

You can stop major bleeding with black pepper or cayenne. I'd choose cayenne because that will stop bleeding fast (I have experienced it first hand) and cayenne will also help a person with heart attack because it will dilate the capillaries in the chest enough for blood to flow - while you head for a hospital.

May 22, 2011

No need for a cpr mask anymore. updated studies show straight compressions are all that is needed.

May 05, 2011

I have been hiking aand camping for several years, I also do cary a sam splint in my bag as well as an instant glutose gel and an inhalor and a disposable cpr mask. I've come across quite a lot of medical problems on the trails in Arizona and it helps to be prepared for an emergancy you might have personally, a friend of yours or even a hiker on the trail

Camille 28
Apr 05, 2011

SAM Splints are one of the best items to have in a kit, and recommended by most wilderness professionals. They can be used for everything from splinting unstable injuries of all sizes to stabilizing head and neck. Also, never underestimate the power of a diphen medication such as Benadryl--this actually can be a lifesaver if given directly after exposure to an allergen.

Dec 07, 2010

p.s. another item i never go without is a clotting agent like celox. its been used by the army for years and has the ability to stop severe hemorrage quick . it is cheap and easy to use and requires no training to use.

Dec 07, 2010

As a emt i would like to offer a little known tip. Always pack a primatene mist inhaler . its active drug is a bronchodilator and can also be used as a med for a allergic reaction in a case of bee stings or even food reactions. of course if you know you have severe reactions the best course of action is to see your doc and obtain a epipen , but this is a great "just incase"item.

Sep 09, 2010

Not to downplay the seriousness of hypothermia or infections, but what about the really scary stuff like bear attacks and crushed bones? As caretakers for a fly-in hunting lodge in Alaska, my girlfriend and I had access to morphine. Neither of us is a doctor. Does anyone out there know the rules about carrying such stuff?

himy jimmy
Jun 22, 2010

by the way im gay

himy jimmy
Jun 22, 2010

hi i think that i would put this glue stuff all over my body and i mean all over my body even in that 1 private region and then i would feel amazing

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