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IFAK ideas for hiking

Discussion in 'First Aid Station' started by LaVillaStrangiato11, May 5, 2016.

  1. LaVillaStrangiato11

    LaVillaStrangiato11 Loaded Pockets

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    Hey guys and gals

    I'm trying to put together an IFAK for my newly-bought Hazard 4 Watson. I was planning on getting a pouch that could fit in one of the side pockets or if the pouch isn't too too big, it could go in the main compartment. So the pouch shouldn't be too big. The side pocket on the bag is about 13 inches high by 8 inches wide. I have an FR1 I used in my R12 as an electronic pouch for cords and cables and what not, but I want a more dedicated pouch for some basic first aid for my new bag for hiking. Saw a Vanquest Fatpack 5x8 and a Maxpedition one on Amazon. How would they do? Any more suggestions?

    Thanks a bunch!
     
  2. Timlugia

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    Some of those vacuum packed kits on Rescue Essentials will probably fit into it, or you could just settle with a Adventure Medical's TraumaPak
    If you are doing anything more than a day hike, I would recommend you to get two kits: one as a trauma kit, and another as a general first aid.
     
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  3. LaVillaStrangiato11

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    Oh OK thanks for the recommendation. I didn't even think about two packs with one trauma.
     
  4. Timlugia

    Timlugia Loaded Pockets

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    Yeah, most people try to fit both into one pack.
    But I found out it's easier to separate them: you can have trauma kit on outside pocket for easier access, and general kit in the main pack since they are not urgent.
     
  5. Burncycle

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    Separating them is the way to go IMO. Usually trauma kit on my person (cargo pocket, etc) and booboo kit in my bag.
     
  6. sungame

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    In my experience, the FR1 works just fine as a FAK for hiking and other outdoors purposes.
     
  7. LaVillaStrangiato11

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    Thanks a bunch guys!
     
  8. thekapow

    thekapow EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    remember SAM splint :)!
     
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  9. LaVillaStrangiato11

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    What's a SAM split? :)
     
  10. Timlugia

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    [​IMG]

    Currently I carry Hart wire splint from REI,
    it requires some padding, but significantly smaller rolled up than SAM.
     
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    thekapow EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    From REI
    SAM Splints are one of the simplest and most versatile pieces of first aid equipment available so at least one should be in every outdoor First Aid kit. A soft, malleable aluminium strip sandwiched in foam, the splints become fairly rigid once formed into a 3D shape, the more complex the shape, the more rigid they become.



    I have used them many times in my time in EMS, its super lightweight and easy to use, it doesn't substitute things like vacuum splints, but when it comes to "what can you stuff in a backpack", its a fantastic option.
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  12. LaVillaStrangiato11

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    Oh very good! Thanks guys. I'll definitely invest in one.
     
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    Sam splint for sure. I also carry a 6" Israeli dressing as I see it is a multi use item. I can use it for its intended purpose or I can use it as an ace wrap or if bad comes to worse an improvised TQ. Depending on how big of kit you are making you may put in a dedicated ace wrap. Sprained knees, ankles, wrists seem common on the trails. On also make sure to throw in Benadryl. If you are in the sticks and someone starts having an allergic reaction (bees, food allergies, etc) it can be a bad day. Getting benydrill onboard early goes a long ways. I see some people keep rehydration salts or Gatorade mix for electrolyte replacement for people who get too bad dehydrated. Not a bad idea if you are someplace hot. It seems like the majority of the time I am using my FAK its for someone else.