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Old 07-20-2008, 12:25 AM
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First Aid Kit/Emergency Kit contents?

I'm looking to throw together a lightweight kit for the backpack. I figure that if it's light enough I will be more apt to keep it in the backpack. Any suggestions on what to pack? I'm talking more of a daypack vs. a week long backpack hunt, but I'd still like to keep it as light as possible.

Specifically, hunting in the Wy. mountains for Mule Deer. When we're chasing antelope I would throw in something for rattlesnakes and cactus.
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:55 AM
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I would throw in some band-aids, polysporin ointment, ace bandage, a few gauze bandage squares, bug bite stick (it looks like a penlight but but has anti sting medicine in it), immodium, aspirin, tums/rolaids, a small ice pack (the ones you crush to activate), and a small roll of athletic tape.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:42 PM
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I would buy a basic first aid kit and if you want specific coverages such as snake bite or anti-venom coverage, discuss this with your doctor. I remeber years ago I put together a first aid kit for a trip sailing to the Virgin Islands. Man I had everything you could imagine and felt like I could even fix broken bones. Whole thing was a joke. I spent a pile of money on everything and discovered everything could easily be covered on the primitive British Virgin Islands. It really becomes an issue of what to take and is it necessary. If you are going on a guided trip, they should have it all covered. Even if you are a doctor, troubles can develop that you do not plan on. Be reasonable and discuss things with a qualified doctor (or an Army medic who probably is best at knowing what is needed).
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:32 PM
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I'm looking to throw together a lightweight kit for the backpack. I figure that if it's light enough I will be more apt to keep it in the backpack. Any suggestions on what to pack? I'm talking more of a daypack vs. a week long backpack hunt, but I'd still like to keep it as light as possible.

Specifically, hunting in the Wy. mountains for Mule Deer. When we're chasing antelope I would throw in something for rattlesnakes and cactus.
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You can get a coglans first aid kit for $6 -then add a couple of 'aleve' tablets ,mini chap stick ,a small baggy w/ vaseline coated cotton balls -[tiny dot on your finger to wipe down a firearm-makes a good fire starter- etc. .
Get some water purification tablets [katadin].

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Old 07-22-2008, 10:20 AM
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Thanks! I plan on having a filter in the pack - although I will also have a 3l bladder. I know that I may be overplanning for only day trips from camp, but we will be camping over an hour from the closest town.....
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:08 PM
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Thanks! I plan on having a filter in the pack - although I will also have a 3l bladder. I know that I may be overplanning for only day trips from camp, but we will be camping over an hour from the closest town.....
Some folks like filters and some purification tablets.

I've used both and I like tablets.

Tablets are a lot less bulky and lighter.

Tablets are much easier to use. It takes a lot of work/pumping, often in awkward positons, to get a quart of water. You can spend time pumping water or hunting.

Filter pumps are susceptible to mechanical break down, tubes falling off, etc. and IMO more susceptible to contamination.

Filters get clogged.

And IMO chemicals are more reliable than filters in purifying water.

If you prefer a filter, I would recommend looking at a bottle with an in line filter and have a spare filter. A lot easier to use, but still some effort sucking the water out of the drinking tube.

JMO

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Old 07-28-2008, 10:31 AM
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From a Fleet Marine Force Medic Veteran......

The best thing to take for trauma would be heavy bandages. I really like bandages that have the straps for applying pressure to the wound without having to hold your hand on the wound. Just place the bandage and tie it down tight, but not too tight....

Next to that would be a non toxic super glue. This is up for debate because if you approximate a wound with it that is not cleaned out extremely well, it will eventually come apart and cellulitis will follow.

Ace bandages and sticks will make out all the splinting capabilities needed.

The worst thing to do is have a 1000 dollar med bag and know how to use 25 cents of it.

Stay basic.

Start the breathing, stop the bleeding, treat for shock
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