Re: First Aid Kits
Wed, 2 Sep 1998 08:01:03 -0400
At 20:37 8/28/98 -0400, Malcolm T Hughes wrote:
>What I need are any experiences from my fellow scouters. What have you
>had in your first aid kits that you have never needed or that you would
>never leave home without? What are some of the unusual things that have
>proved useful in the past?
This is a place where many of us have things that could be said to be wives
tales, and others that are actually useful. Things which I find
indespensable in my scouting first aid kit (yes, I have multiple ranging
from the cheep white one sold by the BSA to a professional level) are the
Moleskin. I have had to use this more than once. When the scouts don't
heed the advice and hike with new boots, they need it. I too have had to
use it. Duct tape also works the same, but best if put on the heel at the
start of the trip.
Small Plastic Bag. I have had a few times when a scout started to
hyperventalate. The frist time this happened I had my FAK in an old, hole
ridden plastic bag. This worked great. Since then I cary a small bag
around my FAK to keep it dry and to use in case of emergencies.
I also suggest that you change you're personal fak into a survival kit.
This can be done easily with the addition of things such as emergency
blanket, iodine tablets, food (powerbar type), signal mirror, change.
Hope this helps. I made a store bought backpacking fak into a survival kit
about 5 years ago and have since used it often, and the things above are
things I have had to replace often, excluding the band-aids which we all go
Robert M. Lewis
B-25 Lyon Hall
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City