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Things to put in your First Aid Kit

Discussion in 'Information For Newbies' started by Patriot, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. Patriot

    Patriot Administrator

    Here is a list of things that you should think about putting in your First Aid Kit. First Aid Kits are one of those things that many people don't put a lot of effort into until they actually need one. The amount of gear in there should be dictated by the difficulty of driving you will do, the remoteness of the place you are going and the length of time you will be out for. Don't forget that if things do go pears, an ambulance may be quite a long way away, so having a few well chosen things in your First Aid Kit may save the day.

    Basic first aid manual (from Red Cross or St John Ambulance)
    Antiseptic fluid (Betadine, Dettol or similar)
    Antiseptic cream (Betadine or similar)
    Eye drops
    Assorted bandaids, strips/spots, wound closures
    Elastic or crepe bandages (for sprains and snake bite)
    Sterile gauze bandages (50 mm & 75 mm)
    Triangular bandages (to support limbs and hold dressings in place)
    Adhesive tape, cotton wool, tissues
    Scissors, safety pins
    Calamine lotion, Stingose or similar
    Pencil and note pad

    To that you can add many items

    Antihistamine tablets
    Itch/skin relief cream (for itch, bites, minor burns)
    Anti-diarrhoea tablets (or mixture)
    Gastrolyte - for treatment of diarrhoea
    Travel sickness tablets
    Andrews tablets, or similar, for indigestion
    Ear drops
    Temporary tooth filling mix to replace fillings, loose caps
    Nyal toothache drops
    Burn cream
    Cream/ointment for bruises and swelling due to injury
    Strepsils or similar
    Tweezers, splinter remover
    Rubber pointed eye probe, eye wash
    Methylated spirits
    "Airsplint" (for any broken limbs)
    Personal medication or tablets

    Hopefully you wont need to use any of this :)

    Thanks to Extremeofflimits

    Safe Driving

  2. Nickj

    Nickj 4x4 Earth Contributer

    Snake bite kit?

  3. timsam

    timsam New Member


    Snake bite kit would be covered by the crepe/elastic bandage and a splint

    As most of us travel with a fridge, carry one of those gel packs, or get an instant ice pack, Good for sprains and strains.


    GUTSHOT New Member

    YOU FORGOT VODKA...:eek:
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  5. extremelimitsoff

    extremelimitsoff New Member

    First Aid Kits

    The addition of a firts aid kit to your vehicle is important, but the kit needs to be appropriate to the trip and items contained therein should be indate and replaced when used.

    I did 21 years in the Army Medical Corps (Medic) and this is a topic close to my heart.

    First aid training is also very important, no use having a great kit if you cant use it when needed.

    Patriot Has put up a great list

    Mikeb001, 80lover96gxl and ozmidnight like this.
  6. goldrush

    goldrush Moderator

    I always keep matches or a lighter in my kit and a reflective foil "thermal" blanket can also come in handy. A friend of mine keeps sweets in his as some members of the family are diabetic and may need to up their sugar levels at times. It always pays to let the people you are travelling with know about any issues with your health so that they know what to do in an emergency.
  7. Zerrath

    Zerrath New Member

    Thanks for the advice Patriot. i will be sure to make a first aid kit as currently we are going out with little to no first aid supplies. Might not include everything in the list but sure will include most. Thanks again

  8. extremelimitsoff

    extremelimitsoff New Member

  9. extremelimitsoff

    extremelimitsoff New Member

    Need first aid training in Brisbane


    Peter Felton ex army medic with all the qualifications on 0411047407

    He can train individuals or small to medium groups

    Mention extreme limits offroad and he will look after you
  10. Ven

    Ven Member

    what unit mate?

    i did few years in 41st Infantry battalion as a rifleman.
  11. offspray

    offspray New Member

    Couger the bottle that is jokes aside fist aid kit
  12. extremelimitsoff

    extremelimitsoff New Member

    Hi there

    11 fd amb
    dsu rockhampton
    1 mil hosp
    1 fd hosp
    4 camp hosp
    11 fd amb
    6 camp hosp
    1 mil hosp
    2 hsb
  13. beast1

    beast1 New Member

    a first aid certificate
  14. lilo

    lilo New Member

    Thanks for the tips.
    Sounds like a big first aid kit box is necessary... cheers...
  15. goldrush

    goldrush Moderator

    Better to have a big kit and not need it than need something and not have it.
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  16. 4X4

    4X4 Moderator

    Remember to check the use buy dates on the contents.
    80lover96gxl likes this.
  17. x [Heels] x

    x [Heels] x New Member

    Yeah, good idea... lol... I don't have one of these yet...
  18. Dadios

    Dadios New Member

    Green ant bite tip. crush a panadol tablet ,wet it to make a paste then apply to bite , instant relief . This is good if you have young children that are screaming with pain.
  19. x [Heels] x

    x [Heels] x New Member

    Oh really... I HATE green ant bites >_<... Awesome tip!
  20. Grumpy

    Grumpy Moderator

    Hey there Stoney, I didn't think the snake bite formular using a splint was still in use, I thought it went out the window years ago? Being up to speed with the new changes being made to the way u administer first aid is another important thing as well. Also why don't U consider a thread for return service people on this site if u think it would be appropriate, I bet there are a lot of them out there that are into 4 wheel driving. CHEERS

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