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Old 04-08-2015, 05:19 PM   #1
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First Aid Kit, what's in yours?

Hello friends, need to put together an emergency first aid kit and was wondering what all we should have. Besides band aids, can you tell me what else you recommend please ? Thanks, Dave and Kathy
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:30 PM   #2
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Besides the band aids we carry very minimal medical supplies:
- mosquito anti-itch
- Pepto Bismol
- acetaminophen, aspirin
- Listerine mouthwash, (antiseptic - better than wasting good Vodka).
- Medical Insurance Card and charged cell-phone
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:36 PM   #3
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Just go out and buy a first aid kit and your favorite drink, that should get you by. Works for me. (Seriously)
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:43 PM   #4
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I keep a roll of Duct Tape near the kit ... really ... once or twice I've done a really stupid thing and needed to tape my "booboo" RIGHT NOW. Super glue is nice to have also.
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Benedryl (can save your life in case of unexpected severe allergic reactions) aspirin (can save your life in a heart attack or stroke)and immodium (you'll think it can save your life). Blood stop, bandages for compression and a little chart of pressure points in case of severe bleeding.

Anything else is optional.
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:26 PM   #6
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A few "tools" usually come in handy,


- a good pair of tweezers
- a pair of "medical" scissors


As well as some "wrap" type dressing...


- gauze pads
- ACE wrap
- medical tape


and some antibiotic dressing ... i.e., Neosporin type stuff.
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Eye drops, and hydrogen peroxide added to other suggestions.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:59 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone for all the things to have along for first aid and medical emergencies. I will make a list and go shopping before we start our summer travels.
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The DW was on a CERT team before she retired, so our 1st aid kit is somewhat complete. Among the 'normal' items that one would find in a well stocked 1st aid kit we also have are a burn blanket, blood clotting agent and we also have an AED that travels with us.
What one has in their 1st aid kit, should reflect with their level of 1st aid training is. Being that we 'boon dock' a lot of the time, and do so with a number to people, we tend to train a little more then some.
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:52 PM   #10
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As a retired Firefighter I bring the old Jump Kit with me. It has all the above plus some SAM splints, Cervical collars, Bp cuff, stethoscope, SPO2 meter. Pocket mask, ambu bag. Plus more. Just a quick side in the AED. I believe they should be everywhere but be careful by law in some states a script must be issued for it and it must be inspected and certified quarterly. Not just for municipalities but for everyone that has it. Not all states have Good Samaritan laws to protect you and those that do won't cover you if your equipment doesn't meet their standards of if it fails. I used to carry one until it expired and needed to be re-certified and that was cost prohibited.
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Also an important piece is a medication list and medical history for each person in your party. This can be a life saver
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:32 AM   #12
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Thanks again for everyone's ideas here. There are so many things to prepare before traveling. I hope this post has helped others review what they have and don't have. That's what is so great about this forum! Dave
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Honey.

Best natural antibiotic.

Visit a Boston Market eatery as they have real honey in the packets.

Kfc has honey sauce...

Works on cuts and real good on light burns.

And makes snak taste better if need be...
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We carry a couple of basic first aid kits. And my wife is a great one to have around in Medical Emergencies. She worked on a Aid unit, and was a Captain of a full time fire station.Now is a RN with a lot of Emergency training and experience. You and your spouse could take a First Aid and CPR course. I have taken several first aid and CPR courses in the military. But CPR has changed since I have taken it. So I do need a refresher course, I will look into it today. Cause I would hate for my wife to need assistance on the road and I couldn't do anything about it. I believe that the local hospital and or Fire Department would know where these courses are available.
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