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Do you carry a first aid kit? If so what is in it?
 

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Tacoma4.0 said:
Do you carry a first aid kit? If so what is in it?
Just basic "stop the bleeding" stuff. 3 large gauze, 2 extra large bandage, spore tape, 6 regular bandages, and neosporen.
 

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I also carry some of those alcohol wipes in case I run into some poison oak. Poison oak seems to love me.

Has anyone ever tried that cream that you put on beforehand which is spossed to stop the poison oak in case you touch it?
 

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Brave Soldier.

BS (Heh) makes a small first aid kit called the Crash Pack. It has all of the basics for treating minor cycling injuries. It is packed flat, in a waterproof sealed bag.
 

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I also carry some of those alcohol wipes in case I run into some poison oak. Poison oak seems to love me.

Has anyone ever tried that cream that you put on beforehand which is spossed to stop the poison oak in case you touch it?
I am also real sensative to the stuff. The company I work for, provides both Tecnu pre exposure preventer and the soap that stops the spread. I tried the pre exposure cream and didn't get any PO on me. I stopped using it after a while. I don't know if I was just lucky or didn't get touched by any leaves. I carry a small plastic bottle of the soap, just in case. I usually get a little on me and use the soap after I get home, when it starts itching. It seems to keep it from spreading. I've used it in the trail also and it seems to minimize the spread.

Once while exploring a singletrack along side a streambed, I went over the bars and landed right in the middle of a big bush of poison oak. It was summer and all my exposed body part were touched. I immediately jumped into the stream and sat in it. I rinsed my entire body off and then rubbed wet sand all over my exposed body parts and rinsed again. I didn't get any rash on my body.
 

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That's what I carry

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Just basic "stop the bleeding" stuff. 3 large gauze, 2 extra large bandage, spore tape, 6 regular bandages, and neosporen.
I also just recently bought a little mini spray can of instant skin. I haven't had a chance to use it.
 

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I usually carry a small one....

just the basics. 2 large gauze pads, 2 small pads, small roll of 1 1/2" gauze for binding and a small roll of surgical tape, a vacum packed emergency blanket (realatively small and very flat), plus a few bandaids for the smaller annoying bleeders. No neosporin or anything like that. 9 times out of 10 ointments etc. are harder to clean out of a wound than the dirt and stuff that gets into them. So it's better to wait until you get back and treat a wound more completely at camp, the trail head, or home, or worst case, the emergency room. I always keep a more extensive kit in the car or at camp. Usually on the trail a simple rinse with water from a camel back or water bottle will sufice until you get back. I don't react to poison oak or sumac (lucky I guess) so I don't need to carry anything for those maladies. The above listed items will handle every thing up to injuries that would require an evac. It's amazing how much bleeding you can stop or slow down with just the items I have listed. Anyway, keep it basic, light, and simple. You can customize to your specific needs for alergies, personal sensitivities, etc. A buddy of mine caries pretty much the same exact items in his seat bag, with the addition of a set of 4 emergency injectors. He's deathly allergic to bee stings. Also customizing to your area isn't a bad idea either. Ride where there allot of thorns? A small pair of tweezers might be a smart addition, things like that. Anything over and above what you can treat with this simple kit would most likely require an evac anyway, so hauling around more doesn't make much sense. Simple and basic is all you'll most likely ever need. Remember, this is a FIRST Aid kit, just enough to get you or someone else out for treatment of anything serious, or to temporarily treat minor stuff. Just my 2 cents.

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Tacoma4.0 said:
Do you carry a first aid kit? If so what is in it?
I carry one of those REi kits. Disinfectants, gause, bandaids, suture kit (not that I have the know-how to use it) and the brave soldier antisthetic abrasion juice stuff. I've used that on several occasions. Great stuff.

I also carry an emergency whistle in case I'm riding alone, 3' of duct tape around my tire pump for repairs or holding skin together, and a space blanket in case somebody I'm riding with starts to go into shock... or get stuck in the woods overnight.

All this stuff is pretty small and light. I packed it in my camelback and largely forget about it.
 

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I suggest put a first aid kit on all of your bikes. The only time I did not have it on me this summer was the one time I rode alone. Clipped a tree and put my SPD pedal into my ankle and acrossed a vein. I now have a small pack on both bikes with a couple bandages, spore tape and about a foot of duct tape. I ride mostly in a highly populated area, I would add more if not.

Another thing to think about is putting something like Gatorade in your car so when you are sitting waiting for someone to drive you to the ER you don't get nearly as light headed.

Doug
 

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Tacoma4.0 said:
Do you carry a first aid kit? If so what is in it?
I suppose the question that interests me is:
What have you used from your first aid kit, and what have you wished you had but didn't?

Downhilling at Fontana, a pedal came back and bit me on the calf. Puncture wound down to the white tissue. Yeah, probably shoulda gone to the ER, but didn't want to ruin a great day of riding. Irrigated it with water from the camelbak, cleaned it off with the bandana, packed it with neosporin, applied a large bandage, wrapped it with the bandana, continued riding. I went through several bandages, but it was OK. If I'd had the liquid latex, I could have closed the wound a little better.
(BTW, Mom, if you're reading this, I did a proper cleaning a couple hours later at the base of the mountain, repacked the wound, and re-bandaged it)

Riding at Noble Canyon (climbing the Indian Creek trail) I went over the edge and tumbled about 20 feet down a ravine. Came out with a few scratches and some pretty bad bruising. If it hadn't been July I would have been breaking out the space blanket, as I think I went into mild shock just briefly when my body cooled rapidly and HR slowed to accommodate the trauma. One of the guys had Ibuprofin. I should bring that too. I tend to need it. :rolleyes:

This is why I carry the things I do.

-sunny :cool:
 

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What have you used from your first aid kit, and what have you wished you had but didn't?
I've used most of the Brave Soldier stuff. I lost more skin than usual year.

Last year (or was it the year before?), I used the duct tape to splint Impy's thumb at Bear Valley when she wrenched it. She finished the ride.

I've used a bunch of the gause and band aids. Thank God I have not needed anything more. Knock on wood... keep it that way.
 

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The basics...

plus antibiotic eye drops (for the misplaced tree branch), cable ties, duct tape, matches, a couple of feet of picture hanging wire (will repair most anything) and a couple of maxi pads. The perfect trauma bandage - it soaks a lot of blood. The adhesive strip on the back comes in handy as well.
 

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Friends don't let friends crash head-first into a cholla cactus.
But if it happens, it's nice to have somce tweezers and a comb.
 

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I started bringing some bandage stuff along after I fell from a small bridge and stuffed a chain ring in my calf. I also carry a disposable lighter and a Swiss army knife that has tweezers and such. They don't use much space in the pack and you just never know. You could fall in a bad place and be there for the night.
 

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damion said:
BS (Heh) makes a small first aid kit called the Crash Pack. It has all of the basics for treating minor cycling injuries. It is packed flat, in a waterproof sealed bag.
Sam Splint and Brave Soldier Crash Pack is always in my camelback. The Sam Splint is a rolled wireframe splint that when unrolled and shaped into a trough, will serve as a splint for broken bones. I've had to replace my Crash Pack 3 times from using everything up. It seems I always come across someone that got in over their head.

For the out-of-the-way destinations, I also put together a full sized first-aid kit that will enable me to perform stitches, wound cleaning, eye care, burn care, hypothermia, poison oak, snake bites, bee stings, etc. I keep this in the car. I have an abbreviated one that I pack in my camelback when on all-day epics.
 

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What have you used from your first aid kit, and what have you wished you had but didn't?

The works and then some.
My mate wound up his leg when he crashed and his pedal didn't release. We were on day 2 of a 4 day "adventure" ride through Oz back country.
I cleaned his wounds, patched him up, fed him painkillers, made him splints from branches ...and our thermal underwear. Lashed bikes together into a walking frame and he limped to next settlement with an airstrip. (Note: He insisted on walking out).

Always carry a small St Johns first aid kit, with basics. Have remote-area first aid training too.
 
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