Now, although I've got a few scars on my fingers so far bushcraft has left me relatively unscathed (touch wood) and I'm looking to keep it that way. I do always have a first aid kit with me when I go out in the woods but I'm thinking of upgrading both it and my knowledge when I add an axe to the package.
Currently my first aid kit is in a white box with a nice red cross on it. This is pretty much essential - it needs to be in a visible colour in case used in poor light or dropped on the floor (I'm thinking neon might be fine too) which rules out a lot of commercial containers which are green. It also needs to be clearly labelled - you never know when someone else might need to use it. As such I'm looking for a new container.
The contents are pretty meagre - intended to patch up small cuts and slightly bigger ones.
- 1 Roll of gauze bandage (wide)
- 1 Roll of gauze bandage (narrow)
- some zinc oxide tape (about 12mm wide)
- 4 plasters (2 small, 2 large)
- 1 sheet of plaster to be cut to size
- 6 alcohol swabs (which I've just realised expired last month)
- 1 car plus tick remover
- I'm not first aid trained - a bit odd as I'm a school teacher (private education though). This will remain so for the forseeable future as all courses here would naturally be in Polish and my language skills aren't high enough
- Kit size - if the kit doesn't fit in a pocket then it is likely I will forget it or leave it at home at the vital moment
- Lack of knowledge - I've managed to patch up myself quite succesfully in the past by simply putting a dressing on a cut and then wrapping it on with a bandage. This is just about the limit of what I can do though! Any kit I build needs items which are easy to use or come with simple instructions
- The kit is intended to deal with cuts and other woods maladies, it is not a general first aid kit.
Resources for good commercial kits
Resources for learning about first aid and wound care
Advice on what I need to get
Posts telling me what you have, use or recommend
I'm going for a kind of minimalist approach. I did read one article which said a guy took tank tape and pain killers. His view was that his survival in the event of a serious accident depended on being found, not first aid so he went ultra minimal as any serious problems were too serious to worry about! A little extreme for me!