What you carry in your first Aid kit depends on its general purpose and your region of travel as well as your own knowledge and experience. I have found that commercially available First Aid Kits whilst fulfilling the most basic of needs, namely very minor injuries, they are seriously lacking in trauma kit and pharmacy products. Conversely, some specialised kits can be overkill for general purpose and can be prohibitively expensive. Consequently, I have decided to put together my own First Aid Kit based on my own needs and what I think is required for a solo overland motorcycle adventure in modest areas of wilderness.
As a general rule good EMT Kits follow the Advanced Trauma Life Support principal, otherwise know as the Primary Survey or the more commonly known acronym ABCDE (Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability & Exposure). Or simply the 4xB’s of triage: breathing, bleeding, breaks & burns… However, to sustain this a advanced first responder kit requires, for example, intubation and airway management equipment, resuscitation bags & masks, large bore cannulas for chest decompression treatment, infusion & fluid therapy equipment and cervical spine control. This is, of course, far too comprehensive for my own personal needs, my current level of training and expertise as well as my particular region of travel.
Moreover, a solo overland motorcycle adventurer simply does not have the luxury of space for this EMT or tactical type of kit. Instead, my own First Aid Kit focuses on minor cuts everyday cuts & bruises to intermediate trauma (with the exception of one or two items that cater for severe arterial trauma) and general everyday pharmacy requirements. It’s very easy to get carried away in the planning and preparation with an all eventualities mentality, especially when browsing something like the SP Services catalogue of emergency medical supplies. I’ve attempted to keep my own First Aid Kit as small as possible whilst also having the ability to manage most likely scenarios that I may come across as a solo motorcycle adventurer traveling through some remote regions, albeit most with fairly modern medical infrastructures.
Gloves, Israeli Dressing trauma dressing, HemCon (Haemostat) Dressing, Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT), Opsite Dressings, Sterile bandages, Adhesive Wound Dressings, Melonin Wound Dressing Pad, Burn Gel, Instant Cold Pack, Waterproof Plasters, Finger Bandages, Micropore Tape, Heavy Duty Tape, Hyperdermic Needle, Lighter, Tweezers, Scissors, Cyalume & Bandanna’s for triangular bandages.
Lempsip Cold & Flu Sachets, Rehydration Sachets, Menthol Throat Sweet Lozengers, Deep Heat Cream, Clotrimazole Cream (Anti-Fungal), Antiseptic Cream, Hydrocortisone Cream (Bite & Sting Relief), Eye Wash, Alcohol Swabs, Petroleum Jelly, Proplus Tablets, Loperamide Hydrochloride Tablets (Anti-Diarrhoea), Loratadine (Non-Drowsy Hayfever Relief), Lypsil. Pain relief ranges from, predominantly lightweight pain killers such as Paracetamol & Ibuprofen to a dew heavy weight analgesics including Cocodamol and Tramadol.
Finally O have in the kit an emergency green cyalume because your kit’s no good if you can’t see anything in the dark! The whole kit is in a zip up bag but as its not particularly waterproof so I put the xipped up kit inside this brilliant little 4L Pod Fist Fist Aid Dry Bag that I got from Facewest. This waterproof, roll top, dry bag is ideally sized and the well placed loop on the buckle means that when I arrive at camp I can conveniently hang it up for quick access if needed.