Outdoor First Aid Kit – Part 1

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Home Preppers DIY Outdoor First Aid Kit – Part 1
Published on July 2, 2016

An outdoors specific first aid kit. I take a look at some of the options for different types of outdoor related first-aid kits and then do an in depth review of the lightweight level 1 kit that I carry when hiking, backpacking, or fishing in the backcountry or wilderness. This particular kit weighs in at about 10 ounces and covers a range of uses from minor wound treatment… to bites, burns, and allergic reactions… to more serious trauma, until proper medical attention can be administered.

I’ve gotten a few questions on how I made the individual packets of ointments for these kits, so I’ve included a short “how-to” video on it… the link is below…



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  1. 99dave

    hey, i m seeing this video after about 2 years, it is still relevant, and will continue to be for the next 100 years easily. Just one observation though, instead of the duct tape, I would prefer taking a Leukoplast tape, or any of the zinc oxide covered adhesive tape of at least 2 inch wide, which u can easily cut thinner if needed. Also, in the meds, maybe 1 or 2 isosorbide dinitrate wud be useful for the "future" kind of thing! Fantastic vid otherwise.

  2. Awesome video, and good ideas. One question though, why is your pinky nail so long? No harm intended by that question.

  3. @Ebiczebulanious Thanks my friend. Really appreciate the tips on the Sodium Bicarbonate, I didn't know it had so many uses… it's in the kit now though. I do gotta keep the band-aids in here (I have kids… enough said? lol). Take great care….. -John

  4. Nice kit! I like your videos but ditch the Band Aids (Useless in the Outdoors) and make your own to fit with Gauze Pads (4 x 4-inch) and Johnson & Johnson First-Aid Waterproof Adhesive Tape
    Also add Sodium Bicarbonate – Antacid + 137 other uses from Tooth Paste to Foot Powder
    Tinactin Antifungal Cream
    Imodium -Anti-diarrheal

  5. @medicjimr Yeah, being a paramedic I'm sure you know your stuff alright! I'd be very interested to see what you carry along and your personal philosophy around this topic… I'm sure I could pick up some invaluable info. I guess my own (with what little formal training I have) is that first aid in the backcountry is kinda like an insurance policy… you buy what makes you feel most comfortable and affords you peace of mind. Thanks for the great input Jim!

  6. I used to carry allot of first aid gear being a paramedic but cut it down to about 8 oz If it's that bad and I am back in 10 20 miles anything that bad what I do really won't matter much by the time I get more help. Good job

  7. @CheddaFreeze101 I agree, I like to carry as little weight as possible too… I have a smaller version of this for solo use ( goes about 5oz.). Thanks Chedda!

  8. I wouldn't say it's "that bad"…. it does kill tissue cells in the wound to some extent, but also acts as an antimicrobial agent to effectively clean the wound (as well as irrigates the wound effectively). One benefit is it's ability to stop capillary bleeding quicker (think skin abrasions). The downside is the increase of scarring at the wound site, as well as slowing the healing of deeper, more serious wounds. So my rule of thumb is: good for scratches and scrapes, bad for deep lacerations.

  9. Is hydrogen peroxide really that bad? I normally carry it in my first aid kit.

  10. Thanks for all your good tips!
    CU around, Tim

  11. Good stuff. I like your little sealed ointment bags. I never thought about the burn cream that's a great idea. On to part 2…..

  12. We have something identical but with less things. We like to be as lightweight as possible when hiking with our hiking bag. Good video and good tips!!

  13. Yet another great video mate, some usefull tips for me there.

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