DB’s Words of Wisdom

by david on May 29, 2012

What to put in a first-aid kit is something that most hunters and outdoorsmen do not think about until it is too late to do anything about it.  I learned about first-aid kits at an early age.  First, from needing one on a frequent basis (I was an accident prone child), but, more importantly, I learned what to put in one from the Boy Scouts.  The Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared” has always served me well, and having a first aid kit is being prepared.  I carry two types of first-aid kits – a personal kit and a camp kit.  The first rule for my personal kit is it has to be small, small enough to drop in a cargo pocket of my hunting pants and light enough not to bother me while I am stalking game.  I always have it with me if I am going to be more than a few hundred yards from camp or the hunting vehicle.  The first two things in it are Band-Aids and an antibiotic ointment.  Next come two blister pads, a pair of tweezers, a few ibuprofen and antihistamine tablets, alcohol swabs, butterfly closures, and a few matches. With this small, light-weight kit, I can take care of most minor problems with relative ease and then continue hunting.  I can also handle other situations until I can get back to camp or the hunting vehicle.  Tomorrow I’ll tell you what I put in my camp kit.

See you in the veld,

David B.

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