05/13/2018 / By Zoey Sky
A first-aid kit is something that you always want to keep in your survival gear, even if you dread ever having to use it. If you want to keep your pack light, you can prepare a basic first-aid kit so you have something to treat minor cuts and scrapes.
While you can get various kinds of prepackaged medical kits, most of them often contain items that you may not need. The best thing to do is make your own first-aid kit so you can include items that suit your personal preferences. (h/t to GearJunkie.com)
The list below includes items that ER doctor and adventure racer Jason Quinn has in his backcountry kit. Dr. Quinn notes that his kit, while sufficient for addressing minor injuries when cycling, doesn’t contain that many things to begin with. Feel free to add items to this list:
You can add the following items if you still have space in your first-aid kit:
When choosing a container for your kit, get something light and durable so the items inside can stay intact even when you’re cycling or hiking in all sorts of weather.
If you ever suffer major injuries or if you see someone who requires immediate medical attention, keep the patient hydrated, warm, and keep pressure on their wound to avoid fatal blood loss.
Another item you can add is some superglue or tissue adhesive and a suture kit. You can use these items for lacerations that must be closed immediately to avoid infections. A CPR mask and nitrile gloves can also prevent infectious exposure.
You can also read up on natural herbs that have medicinal uses so you can still treat any injuries even if you lose access to your first-aid kit. This is a vital survival skill that can ensure your survival when in remote locations. (Related: Build your own first aid kit with natural remedies.)
You can learn more about the other items that you may need in your first-aid kit at Gear.news.
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