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What's in your first aid kit?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:26 am



Last month I featured a topic post, What's in your saddlebags?. This month I thought I'd ask a similar question: Do you carry a first aid kit? If so, what's in it?

I carry one of these, it's the same one we have given away numerous times in our monthly contest. I've added a few things to it as well.



That was, until I read editor Mark Hoyer's article in the August issue of Cycle World. He is a volunteer firefighter/EMT, and has obviously seen and treated many people on the road. He has a very good idea for what should be carried in a bike's first aid kit. His list:

  1. Four size Large non-latex gloves
  2. Blunt-nose scissors to cut clothing/bandages (get the best you can afford - they need to work)
  3. Tweezers
  4. Sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 in.)
  5. Roller bandage (3-inch-wide elastic/4-inch-wide stretchy gauze
  6. Antiseptic wipe packets/neosporin
  7. Adhesive cloth or plastic tape
  8. Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  9. Surgical/compress dressing (big, absorbent, cuttable)
  10. Tongue depressors (finger splints!)
  11. CPR barrier (look for an Ambu Res-Cue Key CPR Mask)
  12. Tourniquet

He mentions that "the last item may sound somewhat extreme, but if you are out there and face trying to control a serious bleeding situation for which other methods have failed, a tourniquet may be the one thing that saves a life."

He also mentions one other critical item: "Get training so you understand how and when serious interventions may be necessary." I think this one is the most important of all. You can improvise with a lot of things (sleeve of a sweater can make a tourniquet or pressure bandage, etc.) but if you don't know what to do in the first place, you might as well not have any of this stuff.

I would add one other critical item: water. I always carry at least a liter of water with me, more if it's hot and I'm going to be thirsty. You can cleanse wounds, fend off dehydration, and more.

So...let's have it. Do you carry a first aid kit? If so, what's in it?



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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:17 am

I've got the same kit because I won one here. I guess I should put it in the trunk.
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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby bjatwood » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:53 am

1 bottle of Templeton Rye Whiskey....strictly for disinfecting wounds, and in case I run out of GAS!! LOL

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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby canuck623 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:49 pm

I have everything listed there plus a small LED flashlight. I also go to a medical supply and get some large bandages that cover a 3 or 4 inch area. Extra scissors a knife and lots of gloves. I also am First Aid/CPR certified and I get it renewed every 2 years. It doesn't matter what you have if you don't know what to do with it.
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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby kwild » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:38 pm

I always carry and UMBRELLA. Yup an umbrella, when people have gone down sometimes they can't be moved or have to wait in the hot sun for assistance, or fixing their mangled bike. An umbrella comes in handy for a number of different reasons and that's why i carry one, rain or shine.
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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby canuck623 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:54 pm

kwild wrote:I always carry and UMBRELLA. Yup an umbrella, when people have gone down sometimes they can't be moved or have to wait in the hot sun for assistance, or fixing their mangled bike. An umbrella comes in handy for a number of different reasons and that's why i carry one, rain or shine.


Great idea. We have several of those ones that fold up small enough for a purse. Good idea for sure!!
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First Aid Kits

Postby 55savoy » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:18 pm

Don't really know where to submit this post, however it is applicable to all riders. I have carried my 1952 USAF acft./pilot's first aid kit for years. It contains tourniquets and some exotic liquids, scissors, etc.. I go thru it from time to time to be sure everything is still usable. Wouldn't be without it and hopefully will never need it. But at age 84+ and riding since 1948 I take no chances. Excellent topic, Mr. Admin.

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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby artgrantz » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:26 am

I made my own kit, just as Mark Hoyer did and have pretty much the same articles in it with the exceptions of the tournequet, cpr barrier, and finger splints.

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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby Keef » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:31 am

I carry pretty much what everybody said along with a pair of hemostats for clamping a vein or artery. And a couple of Suture's of different
size's for sewing one up. If needed.

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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby laceyr » Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:30 pm

Hi Folks
its vital that we all carry a basic first aid kit either if we need it or another biker, however I got worried when I saw that touniquets were mentioned. They are fantastic if rare situations when everything else doesn't work, however, if applied by an untrained and inexperienced person can actually increase the amount of bleeding therefore worsening the already bad situation. My humble advice would be not to carry or apply one unless properly traind to do so.
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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby Neil Robson » Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:53 pm

I have a small vehicle kit from Blackwoodsprotector in New Zealand Web site www.blackwoodsprotector.co.nz

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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby mariposadust » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:29 pm

Another item that can come in handy is women's sanitary napkins. Come in handy for those wounds and cuts that need a bit of compression. My new kit will have them added.

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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby canuck623 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:26 pm

In our Medic First Aid/CPR classes here the use of a tourniquet is mentioned but discouraged unless there is a loss of limb that needs to have the bleeding reduced. Pressure is the best way for any other type of wound that is bleeding badly.
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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:05 pm

canuck623 wrote:In our Medic First Aid/CPR classes here the use of a tourniquet is mentioned but discouraged unless there is a loss of limb that needs to have the bleeding reduced. Pressure is the best way for any other type of wound that is bleeding badly.


I have to agree, and I really should have made mention of this when I wrote the original post. There are a very small set of injuries that indicate the use of a tourniquet, and the use of one outside of those injuries can actually make things much worse. Amputation or uncontrolled distal arterial bleeding are a couple - when the alternative is bleeding out, and nothing else is stopping the bleeding, a tourniquet becomes a last-ditch viable option.

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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby bjatwood » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:06 pm

You folks must watch Grey's Anatomy!

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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby redial » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:15 am

What about paracetamol? And those 'mouth insulators' that are used to give mouth-to-mouth resusitation which also have a tongue depressor built in, (Unless the patient is someone you would like to know better!).
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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby pienchips » Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:21 am

Hi all
I went to a place that specialize in first aid kits and got a basic kit then added some extras -3-4 triangle bandages (great for arm slings, making leg splints ,wading , and a heap of other applications),anti-itch, disinfectant, eye cup to wash out eyes, eye drops, most important a mini first aid book cause I can't remember everything.
I have never used any of the big stuff but used for splinters, small cuts and anti-itch (we go camping with the bike a bit)
All this fits into a pack 8" X 6" X 3"(20cm X 15cm X 7.5cm).

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Re: What's in your first aid kit?

Postby jerigillam » Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:00 pm

I carry a small first aid kit with most of the items listed above, no tourniquet however. I also carry a snake bite kit because I like to camp in the boonies, plus I always have a spare tampon in the kit. Not for it's obvious use, or to aid in case of an injury, but they can be a lifesaver when you're have trouble starting a fire. Dip in into your gas tank, let it absorb for a minute or two. You'll have a fire in no time.


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