Tactical first aid kit - how to complete a first aid kit?
Even if you feel confident in the woods and mountains, the unexpected can always happen. You can put your foot wrong, cut yourself heavily in the bushes, stumble, overheat or get cold. Other threats include food poisoning, insect stings and burns, including those caused by toxic plant secretions, such as Sosnowski's borscht. You don't have to wade through the wilderness to hurt yourself - to paraphrase the well-known saying: most accidents happen at a campsite. After cutting yourself with a knife or pouring boiling water over yourself, as well as after any other injuries, a properly selected and properly equipped first aid kit will be useful.
Bandages, medications, plasters – the contents of a tourist first aid kit
When completing the first aid kit, you should take into account the difficulties of the route, the specificity of the terrain and activities that will be performed on the camping site. You can choose everything separately, or - saving time - choose a ready-made travel first aid kit. From the complete package of medications and bandages, you can easily choose whatever you need. The most important things you should consider are:
- Bandages - they cannot be overestimated in the case of cuts and abrasions
- Scarfs for dressing wounds after burns
- Triangular scarf, i.e. a cotton sling to immobilize a limb
- Elastic bands for stiffening broken and dislocated body parts
- M, K and G individual dressings - for wound dressing
- Sterile compresses - absorbent, applied directly to the wound
- Scissors for cutting bandages
- Gloves - e.g. vinyl gloves, allow for first aid in a sterile manner
- Alcohol wipes for disinfecting wounds
It is also worth taking the NPC foil, thanks to which you can warm yourself in the forest after a long, exhausting and cooling walk or after wetting your clothes in cold water. When it comes to medications, it is best to choose proven or recommended preparations, not forgetting about painkillers, anti-allergic agents or saline, needed in the event of a foreign body getting into the eye. Food poisoning is also very common during trips - suffice it to say that it is better to take electrolytes for irrigation and anti-diarrheal drugs, such as activated carbon known for decades.
Tactical bag for medical supplies
Once you know how much medication and bandages you want to take, you can judge how much space they will take. This is the basis for choosing a large enough bag for medical equipment, which you can reach when you need a quick response. It depends on the type of first aid kit whether it will be at hand, because not all kits need to be put in a backpack or a car.
First aid kit on the belt - help is always at hand!
A popular solution among bushcrafters, survivalists, and also among people from the rescue and military environment is the Cordura first aid kit made by Helikon-Tex - it is a strong material that will not tear in the field. By fastening the bag on your hip, you can be sure that first aid is at your fingertips at the critical moment. The compact first-aid kit looks small, but inside you can find spacious fold-out panels, thanks to which the contents of the first-aid kit are properly organized.
Handy shoulder or pocket tactical first aid kits
JIf you are completing accessories for the MOLLE system, you will easily find a medical module attached to PALS straps. The tactical first-aid kit with a Rip-Away assembly is attached to a large Velcro, from which it can be quickly removed. Another solution are thin wallet-sized sachets - enough for basic medications and dressings that you will always have with you.
First aid kit for backpack
If you want to supplement the handy first aid kit with a larger one or you are looking for only a spacious backpack bag, it is best to pay attention to the tourist first aid kit with a white cross. Models included in the inventory are made of polyester or dustproof plastic. Watertight first aid kits with a rolled top fastened with a buckle are also worth recommending - they are useful accessories while kayaking, thanks to which you can be sure that your medicines will remain dry even after crossing the river or after the kayak capsize.
After returning, it is worth checking the contents of the first aid kit. If the drugs have been exposed to moisture, sunlight or accidentally crumble, they should not be thrown into ordinary garbage - appropriate places for the disposal of used drugs are found in clinics, pharmacies or hospitals, as well as in some offices. Before embarking on your next adventure, remember that drugs don't last forever - it's a good idea to check the expiry date and shelf life after opening the packaging.
Author: Tomasz Świgoń