Someone posted on Sport-Touring.net 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:
Infectious Control Bag
4X4 or 3X3 or 2X2 Gauze (8)
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)
Cotton Tipped Applicators (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.
* 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-40Â® 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″Ã—4.5″Ã—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.