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Nick Macek
(nick.macek) - F
First Aid/Repair/Survival Kit List on 03/24/2008 20:50:40 MDT Print View

I'm trying to get as light as possible, and my 1st Aid Kit is a bit traditional. Can you please look over and leave tips on saving weight or if anything needs to be added. If I would need to learn any skills to use any advice given, you don't have to teach me them, but if you could tell me what they are it would be helpful. Also, if anyone can inform me on the 1st Aid uses of Duct Tape, I would be very thankful.

(1) 1/2 Sheet of Paper, 5.5" x 8"
(1) Sewing Needle
(1) Tube of Blistex, Trial Size
(1) Length of Leukotape, 32"
(10) IB Profrin Pills, 200mg.
(1) Signal Mirror
(1) Button Compass
(2) Pieces of Moleskin, 2" x 3"
(1) Length of Duct Tape, 2" x 12"
(1) Length of Duct Tape, 3/4" x 36"
(1) Flosscard, Floss in Business Card
(4) Band-Aids, 3" Long
(2) Butterfly Closures
(2) Gauze Pads, 2" x 2"
(1) Aluminum Tweezers
(2) Safety Pins
(1) Gauze Pad, 3" x 3"
(2) Sting-Eze Pads
(2) Neosporin Packets
(1) Knuckle Bandage
(2) Alcohol Swabs
(2) Razor Blades
(1) Golf Pencil
(1) Firestarter Kit, In Film Canister
(1) Emergency Blanket
(1) ZipLock Bag

Total Weight: 5.00 ounces

Matt Brodhead
(mattbrodhead) - F

Locale: Michigan
re: First Aid/Repair/Survival Kit List on 03/25/2008 06:31:04 MDT Print View

The only thing I would bring would be the compass. But that's just me. I think a first aid kit is something that a person has to fine tune. You probably won't ever use some of the stuff, but you like to have it because it makes you feel prepared. It's all in the mind.

Edited by mattbrodhead on 03/25/2008 06:34:09 MDT.

Matthew Robinson
(mcjhrobinson) - F

Locale: Waaay West
First Aid Kit on 03/25/2008 07:08:05 MDT Print View

unless you really use moleskin i would take that out and use duct tape for blisters. Also i would just bring one type of duct tape. I took out all my band-aids because I never wear them or they fall off too easy. Also the gauze is not REALLY necessary. Lastly the Neosporin and Sting-eze can go. I don't know the weights on those but they seem to be mostly small items, but like the other poster said some items just make you feel safer/comfortable which is very key (i never go anywhere without my multitool with photon attached). Overall that sounds like a good kit to me. aloha

Nick Macek
(nick.macek) - F
Thanks... on 03/25/2008 11:30:33 MDT Print View

Thanks for the info so far...

When using duct tape as moleskin, do you just tape over the blister, add a couple layers of tape, or what. Just curious.

john flanagan
(jackfl) - F

Locale: New England
re: 1st Aid Kit on 03/25/2008 12:42:25 MDT Print View

My own is similar with these notes. Of course, this is a highly personal thing that sparks endless discussion without any real concensus - in the end, carry what you're comfortable with and those things that you value for convenience (an example from my kit being tiny foldeing scissors)

Core kit
(1) small pc of waterproof paper - I use a small square of baking parchment
(as many as needed) Anti-inflammatories + pain med naproxin and tylenol which can be used together effectively
(2) Pieces of Moleskin, 2" x 3"
(1) Sewing Needle
(4) Band-Aids, 3" Long
(1) Aluminum Tweezers
(2) Gauze Pad, 3" x 3"
(2) Neosporin Packets
(1) Length of Duct Tape, 2" x 36"
(1) Firestarter
(1) ZipLock Bag

Repair stuff carried on longer trips
(2) Safety Pins
(1) Flosscard, Floss in Business Card
(1) small tube of McNett seam seal

I don't have but think is a good idea
(1) Signal Mirror


For longer hikes I add:
Blister pads (bandaid) because they work so well
Small folder scissors for shaping blister bandaging

I'd eliminate because it's redundant with gear I carry anyway (I might put a few back for day hikes)
(1) Button Compass (use regular compass)
(1) Emergency Blanket (use regular shelter)
(1) Golf Pencil (use journal writing implement)
(2) Razor Blades (use small scissors or knife)
(2) Butterfly Closures (use duct tape)
(2) Gauze Pads, 2" x 2" (just carry 2 3x3)
(1) Length of Duct Tape, 3/4" x 36" (tear wider tape to width)
(2) Alcohol Swabs (use puracell carried for washing hands before meal prep)

I'd eliminate because I (personally) question the value:
(2) Sting-Eze Pads
(1) Knuckle Bandage

You asked about the use of duct tape. I use it to cover hot spots before blisters form. Hold moleskin in place after blisters form (I generally pad a blister with moleskin before taping over it...). If needed I'd use it for splinting.

Edited by jackfl on 03/25/2008 12:43:13 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: re: 1st Aid Kit on 03/25/2008 14:39:04 MDT Print View

Jack, what do you use to write on the baking parchment?

john flanagan
(jackfl) - F

Locale: New England
RE writing on baking parchement on 03/25/2008 14:58:44 MDT Print View

John - pencil or ballpoint pen both work and are immune to water.

Nick Macek
(nick.macek) - F
Update:: on 03/27/2008 15:38:00 MDT Print View

Thanks for all your help... I just weighed my updated kit and its between 3.5 - 4.0 ounces! All depends on if I take my allergy pills which I need in the Southwest (Cottonwood trees are hell).

--Nick--