First Aid Kit Ideas
So in being part of this community for awhile now, I've noticed that a lot of us Tom Bihn folks seem to have a little first aid kid that they keep with them in their bags. It varies in size, from the mini pouches to the 311 bag, but a lot of you seem to have those items "just in case."
So my question is, what do you carry when you want to have a first aid kit.
I should note that I've gained interest in this for a cabin trip that me and the significant other are going on. Just to be prepared.
Any thoughts/ideas are appreciated.
In my gym bag and at work I have a small OP with band-aids, neosporin, alieve, tums, a few lactaid pills, a few decongestant pills, a few allergy pills, chapstick and a hair rubberband. In the car, I've got a generic bag with band-aids, neosporin, tums, lactaid pills, decongestant, allergy meds, alcohol swabs, cortizone lotion, a small burn cream, some gauze pads, a few plastic-wrapped q-tips and cotton balls I snagged from a hotel, a travel pack of wet-ones wipes, chapstick, a travel size tube of sunscreen, and a hair rubberband.
Yes, the chapstick and hair bands are odd, but I'm always needing and always losing those items so I tend to stick extras in any bag that stays in one place. And I'm constantly restocking those 2 items! The lactaid pills are obviously for my lactose intolerance and because I refuse to give up cheese. In the car kit, I have Claritin that I take every day for allergies, but I also have benadryl because I seem to be developing allergies and a randomly rapid pace.
My first aid kit for traveling includes several bandaids, a couple of pieces of pre-cut moleskin for blisters, small pill packets with naproxen sodium or ibuprofen tablets, one with a few sudafed tablets, one with a few immodium tablets, and one with a few antacids; also a tiny eyeglass repair kit, a sharpish pair of tweezers, some sealed packets of insect repellant wipes if I'm going to a mosquito-rich area, and a small jar of aloe vera gel in case I don't use my sunscreen application right and get a bit burned. (I also add one of those free hotel-sewing kits,too.) The whole thing fits into a small pouch, weighs practically nothing, and is worth its weight in gold when I need it...
My first aid kit is rather basic: adult, children, and infant ibprofuen and LOTS of band aids with the Neosporin already on them. Of course, I have eight children and so band aids tend to magically solve a myriad of problems. I keep this stash in a small cordura pouch in my everyday carry bag, whatever that bag happens to be on any given day (I like to switch it up frequently :) ). During the summer I have a bottle of sunblock in each vehicle but I don't carry that with me unless I'm headed to the pool or the ball diamond for the day.
I do this, too, and was rather wondering why other posters didn't mention using this. Of course, there is a more limited lifetime for the band aids stocked this way, but it always seemed better to be prepared this way.
Originally Posted by Tlacltme
For me, it depends. I just put one together in a small OP for an international trip I am soon to take and it includes--Benedryl, immodium, Tums, bandaids, Neosporin packets, alcohol swabs, q-tips, anti-itch cream, Tums, ibuprophen. All things I have used or wished I had with me on trips in the past. I find that a useful guideline for what to bring.
I don't do this ... because I've never heard of such a product!
Originally Posted by moriond
We're a bit behind on the mod-cons here in the antipodes.
My (daily) first aid kit is a organiser wallet - for a trip I add the appropriate items in a in the 3-1-1 organiser thingy. (a great little bag).
I always pack an Adventure Medical Kit Smart Travel kit in my main bag. I've removed the first aid booklet/information and replaced it with a space blanket and added additional allergy meds. I also have a "boo-boo" kit that is always on me in my everyday bag that consists of various sized bandages w and w/o Neosporin, cleansing wipes, sheet of moleskin, forceps/tick remover and a flat roll of duct tape; all contained in a waterproof Dryflex zip bag. It's old and used so I've restocked it with the items I use the most, it's now sold as the Pocket Medic.