First aid kits for riding

Someone posted on about what first aid kits people use on their bikes.

Since I am the most OCD person on earth as far as being prepared goes, I feel like I have a pretty darned comprehensive supply that doesn’t take up much room. Here goes:

In the Givi tailbag at all times:

Aerostich Sportrider’s Kit

Comprehensive Guide
Infectious Control Bag
4X4 or 3X3 or 2X2 Gauze (8)
Bandage Scissors
Non-Adherent Sterile Dressing (2)
Splinter Picker Forceps
Surgical Scrub Brush
8 X 10 and 5 X 9 Trauma Pads
Providone Iodine Solution (1oz)
Comforming Gause Bandage 2″ or 3″ (2)
Butterfly Closure Strips
Elastic Bandage w/Velcro 2″ or 3″
Tincture of Benzoin (2)
Adhesive Tape (1/2″ or 1″) 10 Yards
Double Antibiotic Ointment (3)
Strip and Knuckle Bandages (10)
Antiseptic Towelettes
Cotton Tipped Applicators (2)
Motrin (4)
Antihistamine (2)
Nitrile Examination Gloves
Sting Relief Pads (3)
Antimicrobial Hand Wipes
Saftey Pins (3)
Accident Report & Pencil

I’ve also added a two person survival blanket.

On the XT225 at all times:
The above, enclosed in a waterproof first aid bag since it’s velcro’ed to the luggage rack.

In my tankbag at all times:
One of those travel first aid kits from the drug store (basically: cough drops, allergy tablets, handiwipes, bandaids, neosporin).

Extra bottle of ibuprofen, eye drops, chap stick, stick of sunscreen.

Adventure Medical Kit’s Pocket Survival Pak:

* Spark-Liteâ„¢ Firestarter – current U.S. military issue, waterproof, useable one-handed, over 1000 sparkings in tests
* 4 Spark-Liteâ„¢ Tinder-Quikâ„¢ – current U.S. military issue, waterproof, wax impregnated cotton tinder in zip-top plastic bag, each burns 2-3 minutes
* Fox-40® Rescue Howlerâ„¢ Survival Whistle – designed exclusively for this kit, triple frequency, exceeds U.S. Coast Guard and SOLAS specifications, bright yellow with dual mode lanyard hole
* Rescue Flashâ„¢ Signal Mirror, 2 x 3 inches (5 x 7.6 cm) Lexanâ„¢ polycarbonate with mil-spec style retro-reflective aiming aid for one-handed use, instructions on back, protective cover to prevent scratches while stored in the kit, lanyard hole.
* 20mm Survival Compass – liquid damped with groove to accept an improvised lanyard ring
* Duct Tape – 26 inches x 2 inches (66 x 5 cm), rolled around plastic mandrel, repairs, first aid, the ultimate repair and improvisation component, uses limited only by your imagination
* Stainless Steel Utility Wire – 6 ft. of .020 inch (1.83 m x 0.5 mm) mil-spec grade, stronger than brass, won’t get brittle in frigid cold, multiple uses
* Braided Nylon Cord – 10 ft. (3 m) 150+ lb. (68+ kg) test, won’t unravel, shelter building, repairs and much more
* #69 Black Nylon Thread – 50 ft. (15.2 m), 10.5 lb. (4.8 kg) test, repairs, fishing line, light duty lashing and much more
* Fishing Kit – 4 x medium Fish Hooks, 2 x Split Shot and 1 x Snap Swivel, in a clear plastic vial with cap.
* Heavy Duty Sewing Needle – will penetrate heavy materials, easy to grip, large eye for easy threading
* 4 Safety Pins – repairs, secure items to prevent loss and much more
* Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil – 3 sq. ft. (0.9 sq. m), make container to boil water, reflect fire heat and much more
* #2 Pencil and Waterproof Notepaper – 2 pieces 2.125 x 3.667 inches (5.4 x 9.3 cm), leave notes, memory aid, keep log
* #22 Scalpel Blade – stainless steel, in sealed foil packaging, more functional than a single-edged razor blade
* Kit Specific Illustrated Survival Instructions – authored by Doug Ritter, 33 illustrations, on waterproof paper, detailed, easy to understand, practical information
* Fresnel Lens Magnifier – 2 x 3 inches (5 x 7.6 cm), in protective sleeve, read small type in survival instructions if glasses lost, start fire using sun

It sounds like a whole lot of stuff, but the Sportsrider’s Kit is only 6.5″×4.5″×2.25″ and the Personal Survival Pak is even smaller at 4″x3.25″.

I also really recommend Backpacker Magazine’s Wilderness 911 book. It’s not excessive for anyone who rides more than an hour or two away from a metropolitan area — even on paved roads. It’s always a good idea to know how to make a split with available materials, or what to do with an unconscious riding buddy when you’re miles from a town.

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10 Responses to First aid kits for riding

  1. Jamie says:

    One thing that I do recommend carrying is a full size maxi pad. Aside from its intended use, when combined with a strip of duct tape, it makes a whopper of a band-aid. They don’t take up a whole lot of room when still folded in their plastic pouch.

  2. stephanie says:

    Wowsers! I tend to carry duct tape and jb-weld for the bike, hockey tape and advil for the rider…
    Given my medical and mechanical prowess, if it can’t be fixed with those I’m probably pooched anyway. 😉

  3. Michael says:

    Wow, that’s quite the load out. One thing that might be handy is a couple of feet of pretty hefty clear flexible vinyl tubing. For first aid, it makes a decent tourniquet as well as being great for getting fuel out of a motorcycle tank to help someone (or yourself ;)) that is out of gas. Also great for access to a very combustible liquid for starting stubbon campfires. 🙂

  4. carolyn says:

    Ah, good point, Michael! I do have some clear vinyl tubing (heh, the “what’s in your toolkit?” list is a whole ‘nother post) but not a couple of feet of it. Definitely not enough to siphon anything…I’ll up that length. Thanks!

  5. Scott says:

    In the case of an unconscious riding partner I think the answer is obvious:
    Berate them mercilessly about their apparent laziness until they wake up due to the burning shame. This treatment is also known to cure cancer. It’s a fact.

  6. sue says:

    By the time we’ve packed that lot, theres no room left for us- have travelled with a very small comprehensive pack for last few years- always packed in the same place in the same pannier on long trips:)

  7. Joy says:

    Great info on the first-aid kits. I carry a walmart $5 kit that is pretty basic. I will get some extra things and probably stuff them in there.

  8. This is a great list of first aid kits with lots of good info.

  9. Moist Wipes says:

    This is quite interesting and informative posting. Indeed most of the times we tend to miss one or two items of our first aid kit. This can be a good reference.

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