Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pocket First Aid Kits

While the commercially available pocket first aid kits are great little items to have in an emergency or crisis, they can be enhanced by the addtion of a few simple items that will turn them into mini-survival kits. There is a lot of extra room in the small commercial pocket first aid kits that can be utlized to your benefit. The major trick in doing so is to think FLAT!

A great many items can be added that don't require much additional space if you try to use items that are small and flat. A utility blade, a small mirror, a disposable thermometer, a small solitaire maglite or led light, a safety pin, a mini-sewing kit, a pair of tweezers, a nail clipper, a small multi-tool or a Bic mini-lighter are just a few of the simple items that can be used to enhance a pocket first aid kit. Place the additional items in the bottom of the box and add the original contents on top and you are good to go! Toss in a package of individually wrapped ibuprofen and tylenol to give it a little extra first aid value. It's hard to believe that all these extra items will fit in that little box.

The majority of the little extras are things you have around the house already and the low cost of the initial pocket first aid kit (usually less than a dollar) make it very cheap and easy to assemble a great little first aid kit that can be carried in your pocket, purse or glove box of your vehicle.
Got pocket first aid?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Great post RW. I really need to get my EDC pack together. That would be a crucial part of any EDC.

Kentucky Preppers Network

riverwalker said...

To: matthiasj

The pocket first aid kits in my EDC pouches all have similar enhancements to go along with the other items in my pouches.


HermitJim said...

That's a good suggestion, my friend! I need to follow up on that!

Anonymous said...

Thats very cool. For me, a small tube of triple antibiotic and a couple of bandaids (ouchless if you like, lol) in a Mentos gum tube (rounded shape, about half the size of a corn dog) is pretty handy to carry. Could wrap exterior with more goodies, but the above will carry me through. Keep a SOG Crosscut in wallet, so no cutting instrument for me.

Again, nice kit.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 1:05

The main thing to remember is that having a small first aid kit available comes in handy in an emergency. There are probably countless combinations that will work if you just think about it a little. Great idea about using the Mementos tube! Thanks.


riverwalker said...

To: HermitJim

All my first aid mini-kits are simple survival kits in themselves.
Easy to put together and always handy. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

Thank you RW. Hey, in our area (Texas), having a GOOD set of tweezers is also a priority, our properties so full of prickly things. Maybe a tube of burn ointment as well - most injuries I get are minor cuts / scrapes and burns of some type.

Come to think of it, most of my outdoor injuries occur when either gathering cooking materials together or cooking it. I wish a good pair of tough gloves could be carried in this kit - probably cut down my injuries quite a bit.

Another thought occurs - that tape that sticks only to itself. Don't know the name (stick tape?), but its that wrinkly tape that is used very often when giving blood to tie off the gauze to your arm. That stuff could be wrapped around the outside of that gum tube. Handy stuff that is.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 6:20

A good pair of tweezers or a needle from a small sewing kit are a requirement, since just about everything has thorns or stickers.


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