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Old 03-27-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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First Aid Kit Supplies

What is the best (least expensive) place to get first aid supplies?
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:30 PM   #2
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What is the best (least expensive) place to get first aid supplies?
Hi Troy,
It probably depends on what type of outing you need it for and what you want in it, but check out Mohawk Army & Navy in Latham (or Schenectady) if you haven't already. They have a pretty good variety of first aid kits.
I bought one of their smaller basic ones for a few bucks I think many years ago, which I bring along on (year round) general hiking & camping trips. I've kept it stocked with simple things like band-aids, gauze, mole skin, medical tape, disinfecting wipes, medication, whistle, etc which can be purchased right at the local pharmacy or grocery store. I've also added several things to the kit like dry matches, small roll of duct tape, safety pins, a couple toothpicks & Q-tips, etc.

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Old 03-27-2013, 05:51 PM   #3
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Make yourself a list for the contents of the type of kit you want to carry. You can find many such lists online. Then you have a couple of choices to build your own kit. Go to your local drug store/pharmacy, or Walmart if you so choose. You can probably find 95% of what you need. For the items you can't get there (sam splint, for example, is a must-have IMO), you can almost surely find every thing else on Amazon and the like.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:16 PM   #4
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The Sam Splint is a great idea, thanks Wldrns. I'll have to pick one up.
I do keep an ace bandage in my pack (doesn't fit in my first aid kit), but a packable splint like that should definitely always be in at least 1 or 2 backpacks per party.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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I bought my first kit by Adventure Medical Kits on sale. I have been very luck in that I have not needed to use it often. For refills I just get a big J & J kit at Target or CVS on sale for about $10 every other year. Meds expire and bandages get "funky" whe they get too old.
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If you're starting from scratch, I agree that an Adventure Medical Kits first aid kit, supplemented with a few extra items, is a good place to begin.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:28 PM   #8
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Do not forget the old standby Boy Scout neckerchief!!!

Also the web belt that could be unraveled to make string!
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If you're starting from scratch, I agree that an Adventure Medical Kits first aid kit, supplemented with a few extra items, is a good place to begin.
Those kits appear quite frequently for sale on steepandcheap.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:19 PM   #10
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The Adventure Medical Kits really offer a wide variety of kits. I'll be taking a Wilderness First Aid course this month, so I will wait until that is over to decide which one to get.

Thanks for all the info.
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The Adventure Medical Kits really offer a wide variety of kits. I'll be taking a Wilderness First Aid course this month, so I will wait until that is over to decide which one to get.

Thanks for all the info.
IMO, for anyone who hikes or backpacks regularly, having the WFA training is the single best "item" in their "first aid kit."
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I agree, my WFR training is the single best asset I have.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:16 PM   #13
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First Aid course comes first.
Then build a kit containing stuff you KNOW HOW TO USE.

For me, that comes from Walmart's health and beauty section.
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:55 AM   #14
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First Aid course comes first.
Then build a kit containing stuff you KNOW HOW TO USE.

For me, that comes from Walmart's health and beauty section.
I followed your advice and took a course offered by the Continental School of Beauty. My kit now contains mascara, eye-liner, lip gloss and nail polish.
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I don't hold the Adventure Medical kits in high regard. Some band-aids, a little gauze and a few Tylenol in a fancy case that takes up too much room. Nothing you can't put together yourself in a freezer grade zip-lock bag for 1/4 the price walking down the isle of your local pharmacy.

Good tweezers are priceless,
Q-tips
Butterfly stitches & or a small, unopened container of crazy glue.
Dental floss is priceless for more than just your teeth. Really strong emergency thread.
A sewing needle.
An unused/wrapped single edge razor blade can be useful.
I keep about an ounce of high grade Turmeric in a small bag. It stops even profuse bleeding almost immediately and is an excellent disinfectant. (Cayenne pepper will do the same, though you may prefer bleeding to death...) Consumed, it's an excellent anti-inflammatory.
A few dried clove buds. - Excellent antimicrobial. Stops Dysentery cold. Unbeatable for a toothache/abscess or infection.
A strong knowledge of local medicinal plants that can be foraged is also priceless.
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