Knowing who you are going to be with is an important factor when you are putting together your EDC First Aid Kit. Whether it be time with the family and kids, or a weekend camping trip with the guys, a First Aid Kit that takes into account the people you are with is invaluable
The EDC First Aid Kit – Part 2
Knowing who you are with and what they may have or be susceptible to takes a very short time to prepare for but can be the difference between life and death. Knowing if they have recently gotten over a cold, are allergic to certain foods or plants, or any lingering health conditions such as heart trouble or diabetes can make your First Aid Kit almost bullet proof.
Now keep in mind, when preparing this kit, the more you know, the more prepared you can be – so it becomes crucial that people are open and honest (and better than that – prepared themselves). But sometimes you are dealing with kids and others you are dealing with adults who act like kids – it is always in your best interest to be prepared yourself.
Specific Medications – should be quickly available to anyone in the group in case of an emergency. Know about prescriptions and recommended dosages can be life-saving. Remember, you are not going to be able to give instructions when you are in the middle of a heart-attack or bleeding profusely.
In addition to doctor prescribed medicines, it can also be good practice to take candies, drinks, or tablets that are high in sugar. While this is ideal for someone who is diabetic, it is also good practice for anyone who may be getting to the edge of exhaustion.
Out in the wild there are a host of things you could come into contact with that could cause an allergic reaction – from plants to bugs, having the basics is good practice whenever you are going to be more than 30 seconds away from a hospital.
2 major items to keep with you:
EpiPen: Thanks to some greed induced inflation, Epinephrine delivery systems (not just brand specific EpiPens) have become cheaper and more readily available. You should keep one with you, and refrigerated at all time. Keep in mind, though, that EpiPens have only about a year life span to them. While still better than nothing, always good practice to keep up on the expiration date.
Benadryl: This should be a standard for just about everyone. If you are having a reaction, this is the go to of anti-histamines.
The only drawback of Benadryl is that it is going to make most people pretty tired. If you have to move to safety of an extended period of time, you are going to have to weight your options on when, how much, and if you are going to share the pink magic.
First Aid Specific Tools
There are a few other tools I highly recommend keeping in your First Aid Kit for all types of situations.
Chemical cooling pads: a variety of manufacturers make cooling packets of various shapes and sizes that are using activated by breaking, or opening and exposing to oxygen.
Zip Ties: almost unlimited uses for zip ties between splints and bandages. Trust me, you will find a use – even if no one gets hurt.
Medical Sheers: As I have talked about in plenty of other posts, having the right tools can make a huge difference – medical sheets are designed to cut fabrics that are close to skin. For safety and ease of us, get a pair and keep them with your First Aid Kit at all times.
Emergency Blanket: whether for heat or shelter, these are dirt cheap, ultra compact, and could save your life. No excuse not to have one.