If You Aren’t Prepared for the Basic Medical Emergencies, You Could Be Setting Yourself Up For Disaster

by Jeremiah Johnson

We’ve been covering different medical equipment for the family to use either in their outdoor activities or in the event of a disaster. The focus of this article is the First Aid 2.0 Kit put out by Adventure Medical Kits of Oakland, CA. This is a self-contained kit that measures approximately 9” x 6” x 2”. It can potentially be stuffed into a cargo pocket, but would better fit within the exterior pocket of a backpack or bug-out bag.

The kit has an extensive (and for the price, impressive) list of contents, and here is an abbreviated summary:

Bandages, dressings, nitrile gloves, moleskin, instant cold pack, safety pins, antibiotic ointment, forceps, and scissors are some of the contents of this kit. It comes with a few basic medications: Ibuprofen (Motrin), Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), and Aspirin. The kit comes with first aid and survival instructions.

The kit is listed as containing enough first aid supplies to render first aid for up to 4 people. If you register your kit with the company, they will give you 25% off on a refill order of supplies. I reiterate what I’ve written in previous articles: the first aid kit is best utilized if you have some type of medical training under your belt. CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) courses are offered all the time in your local schools and colleges. It would behoove you to arm yourself with this knowledge.

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All in all, the kit has an abundance of supplies and comes enclosed in a sturdy case with a carrying handle. It is very reasonably priced, considering all it contains and will run you about $23.00. If you can’t find it in sporting goods or outdoor store in your locale, you can order it from Amazon and have it delivered to you.

The case also has a little bit of room inside of it. One thing you may wish to consider is a good first-aid field guide that covers your basic procedures, as well as things you need to know about when you’re out camping and hiking. You can stick that in the pouch and have it for a more comprehensive reference than the basic information that comes in the kit.

You can easily fit it in the glove compartment of your vehicle, under one of the seats, or in the trunk. If you bought the items it contained individually, it would probably end up costing more money than the price of the kit. Be safe, and take the time to familiarize yourself with everything in the kit before going out into the woods.


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