outdoor first-aid kit

  • Get Out!

    It is Springtime - and Summer is right around the Corner.

    Get out - see the world. Explore Nature.

    Some tips while you're at it:

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  • Bad-Ass Survival Gear

    AssWhat does that mean? A laden wild donkey with conformity issues?

    Perhaps.

    Anyway... Experts collaborate to make some of the most awesome Survival Gear available - then we offer it to our readers at discount. That rocks.

    Survival Expert Doug Ritter
    Consultant for the Pocket Survival Pak

    • Publisher and Editor of Equipped to Survive
    • Board Chairman and Executive Director of the Equipped to Survive Foundation
    • Leading authority in the areas of survival and survival equipment and supplies
    • Has personally interviewed nearly 120 survivors of aviation, marine, and wilderness survival episodes to gain insight into essential survival
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    A pocket survival kit that really could save your life! The Pocket Survival Pak™ contains a collection of survival tools for when .... read more & buy
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    Outdoor and Survival Expert Expert Christopher VanTilburg, M.D.
    Medical Consultant and Contributor

    • Mountain Rescue Volunteer
    • Author of seven outdoor first aid and survival books
    • Editor-in-Chief for Wilderness Medicine, the official magazine for Wilderness Medical Society
    • Contributing Editor Backcountry Magazine
    • Contributing Editor Columbia Gorge Magazine
    • "Ask Doc Wild" Columnist National Geographic Adventure

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    Disaster, Survival, Preparation

    Survival Gear: Disaster, Emergency Preparedness, Camping & Survival Supply
    72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Supplies for Earthquake, Hurricane, Tornado, Twister, Nuclear Disasters, Wilderness Survival & More… C.E.R.T. & F.E.M.A.
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    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
  • Autumn Outdoor Safety

    Leaves are changing, wind is rising, what a great time for outdoor adventures!

    Whether you're a camper, a hiker, a fisher, or a hunter, Fall brings us out into the backwoods and trails. Wilderness. This means wild. No matter how experienced you may be, this still means danger. Be equipped for those exigencies that may occur. It's easy, and it's the type of shopping that can appeal to even the most avid-anti-shopper.

    Some of our recommendations:

    Outdoor Protection/Preparedness

    And of course, any and all products by Adventure Medical!

    Here are some great outdoor and camping safety articles, and some excellent product review videos:

    Bugs abound outside... Whether you prefer DEET or more Natural Insect Repellants, There are great choices:

    Check out the toughest on Bugs... Ben's 100® MAX Tick & Insect Repellent:

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    How about Natrapel 8-hour:

     

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    Remember to protect your clothing and gear with Ben's Clothing and Gear 6oz Continuous Spray with Picardin:

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    Going Fishing? Check out the Adventure Medical Steelhead Sportsman Kit:

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    Camping or Hunting? See the Adventure Medical Grizzly Sportsman Kit:

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  • Adventure Medical Kits: Watch our Video about the "Day Tripper"

     Adventure Medical Kits:  the "Day Tripper"

    Image of The Day Tripper First Aid Kit by Adventure Medica The Day Tripper First Aid Kit by Adventure Medical

    The Day Tripper is designed for adventurers who demand professional quality medical supplies even on shorter trips. Perfect on fast-and-light daylong treks or ambitious overnights, this kit has the same premium features - including advanced wound cleaning and closing supplies, a wide array of dressings and medications, and Dr. Weiss's Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine - as the larger kits in the Mountain Series in a very compact package.

    Kit contains enough first aid and medical gear for 1-5 people for multiple days. WATCH THE DAY TRIPPER BY ADVENTURE MEDICAL VIDEO DEMO BELOW

    The Day Tripper (by Adventure Medical Kits) is designed for adventurers who demand professional quality medical supplies even on shorter trips. Perfect on fast-and-light daylong treks or ambitious overnights, this kit has the same premium features - including advanced wound cleaning and closing supplies, a wide array of dressings and medications, and Dr. Weiss's Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine - as the larger kits in the Mountain Series in a very compact package.

    Kit contains enough first aid and medical gear for 1-5 people for multiple days.

    Ideal Uses:

     - Backcountry Skiing
     - Backpacking/Hiking
     - Camping
     - Car / RV / Camper
     - Day Hiking
     - Family Outings

    Features:

     - Antiseptic wipes and butterfly bandages for closing small wounds.
     - A wide array of medications to treat pain, inflammation, and common allergies.
     - Nitrile examination gloves plus biohazard disposal bag.
     - Die-cut Moleskin plus tincture of benzoin adhesive to protect against the hiker's #1 injury.

    Contents:

    Bandage Materials
    (5) Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
    (3) Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
    (4) Bandage, Butterfly Closure
    (2) Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2
    (2) Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4" x 4", Pkg./2
    (2) Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterlie, 2" x 3"

    Bleeding
    (1) Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe
    (1) Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"

    EZ-Care organization helps you find what you need when you need it. EZ-Care organization helps you find what you need when you need it.

    Blister / Burn
    (1) Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (11 pieces)

    Fracture / Sprain
    (1) Bandage, Elastic with Velcro, 2"

    Instrument
    (2) Safety Pins
    (1) Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps

    Medical Information
    (1) Comp. Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine

    Medication
    (2) After Bite Wipe
    (2) Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
    (2) Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2
    (2) Diamode (Loperamide HCI 2 mg), Pkg./1
    (3) Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2

    Wound Care
    (4) After Cuts & Scrapes Antiseptic Wipe
    (2) Alcohol Swab
    (1) Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2
    (1) Syringe, Irrigation, 10 cc, 18 Gauge Tip
    (1) Tape, 1" x 10 Yards
    (1) Tincture of Benzoin Topical Adhesive
    (3) Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use

    AMK reserve the right to add, substitute, or delete items if necessary

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    Comprehensive Guide By Eric A. Weiss, M.D. The most up-to-date information on wilderness & travel medicine Comprehensive Guide
    By Eric A. Weiss, M.D. The most up-to-date information on wilderness & travel medicine
  • Ten important items for outdoor first-aid kit

    When you’re outdoors and away from civilization, a minor injury could become a problem. Small cuts, abrasions or blisters can be an inconvenience. However, there could be an instance requiring immediate attention. Carrying along some essential items in an equipped first aid kit can save the day or possibly someone’s life.

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    The Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” relates to outdoors men and women having the necessary gear at hand to meet an emergency should one happen. A simple first-aid kit containing the proper items will help in attending to most first-aid requirements when outdoors.

    There are many commercial first aid kits available for a modest price. Some kits offer a wide variety of supplies for minor emergencies afield. There may be some items users will want to add to fit a specific outing. Read about what to consider when buying a ready-made Camping First Aid Kit.

    “First aid kits can be customized to fit the situation,” said Glenn Wheeler, a licensed EMT and outdoor enthusiast. “Specific items can be added to off-the-shelf kits that go beyond the basic essentials.”

    1. Gloves: A few pairs of latex-free medical gloves are always an essential item. The gloves help protect you and the patient in a medical situation. Emergency gloves prevent contact with cuts and blood. They can be quickly removed and discarded for easy clean-up.

    Also, the gloves may come in handy if having to work on a greasy engine or field dressing game. Most kits usually contain at least a pair, but it is a good idea to throw in a few extras.

    2. Methods to summon help: In today’s world cell phones are common and have service even in some remote areas. Before heading out make certain the battery is fully charged and the phone is operational. Program the phone with emergency numbers for police, forest rangers, conservation officers and a nearby hospital.

    Two-way radios can be used between groups or even some emergency agencies. The Coast Guard and some marinas monitor the emergency marine channel. One issue with radios is the range is limited by terrain.

    3. Fire starters: Matches may seem out of the ordinary for a first-aid kit, but remember this is an outdoor kit. Use a waterproof match holder or plastic zip close bag to store the matches and keep moisture out. There are also fire starter kits that can be used in the place of matches.

    A fire can serve many purposes during an emergency. An injured patient can be kept warm near a fire to help reduce the stress on their body. After dark, the light from the fire can guide rescuers to your position.

    4. Paper and pen: Two other items usually not found in a first-aid kit are a pen and paper. These are used to write down important information about the patient’s injuries. It is a good idea to make notes about the injured person as to any allergies, medical history or other factors related to the injuries.

    “Make notes as to what you have done to the patient,” Wheeler said. “Give this information to the paramedics when they arrive to save time.”

    If you have contacted a hospital write down the instructions they give you relating to needed first aid for the victim. This will also help the EMT’s know what treatment has been given.

    5. Antiseptic: Hand sanitizer and/or antiseptic wipes is an important item for any first aid kid. The hand sanitizer can be used to clean up your hands before and after dealing with an injured person. The antiseptic wipes can be used to clean minor wounds and scratches on the victim. Both of these items are available in small containers or in single use packets.

    6. Basic medications: Simple over-the-counter medications can be used to help relieve pain, fever, swelling and itching. These are not prescription medications but some simple drugs to help the injured person. Individual packets of aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen can help with fever and pain.

    Also, some diphenhydramine (Benadryl) will help relieve itching or an allergic reaction. If a person has a severe allergy, they many want to visit their doctor for en Epi-pen just in case. Some OTC allergy or sinus medication could also be needed for minor symptoms when outdoors.

    Antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin is handy for cuts, scrapes and blisters.

    7. Adhesive bandages: No first-aid kit would be complete without some Band-Aids. The simple, yet effective self-adhesive bandages are quick and easy to apply. Cuts, burns, insect bites, blisters and other minor contusions can be covered with the strips. Pack in several sizes from small strips to larger pads.

    Gauze pads and rolls can also fall into this category. The pads can be used to clean wounds and placed over cuts to help stop any bleeding. Rolls of gauze can be wrapped around larger wounds or used to immobilize broken bones.

    8. Tape: Usually a small roll of medical tape is included in most commercial first aid kits. However, there may be times when a stronger tape is required. A few feet of duct tape can be unrolled and rolled back onto itself. This takes up little room in the kit and can have many uses in an emergency.

    The duct tape can cover bandages to keep them waterproof. The tape can be torn into strips for holding splints in place or as a splint for fingers.

    9. Medical shears: These are specialized scissors also known as EMT shears. They can cut through just about any material. The scissors may be required to cut away any clothing to expose an injury. Also, the shears are used to cut gauze pads, tape, rope or small limbs to make a splint.

    10. Plastic zip close bags: Small sized zip close plastic bags have an unlimited uses in first aid. They keep the gauze and dressing fresh, dry and clean. The bags can be filled with clean water and a corner cut to irrigate wounds.

    Also, the bags can be labeled for quick identification of items in the first aid kit.

    Wheeler also suggests reading through a first aid guide before trekking off into the outdoors. Each person should familiarize themselves with some basic first aid knowledge and know what is in your kit.

    Charles Johnson is the Anniston Star’s outdoor editor
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