We began by purchasing a pre-assembled first aid as a cost saving measure kit due to the amount of products (70 items) we could get for the $8.99 we spent. The included container is well built and of a small size, so we are planning on upgrading our kit, but using the box.
Though the kit came with adhesive bandages, we bought some flexible fabric finger band aids due to the fact that many of the injuries sustained by working on bikes or hitting the ground is done to the hands and digits.
A bottle of antiseptic is a must-use item anytime the skin is broken and blood is gushing. This small bottle was only $1.50 and a small dose will keep infection out of cuts, contusions, and road rash.
Sometimes fingertip bandages are not enough for the injuries sustained, so we stocked up on a small and medium finger splint incase we encounter any sort of severe sprain or break. A box of tubular gauze was also purchased to protect finger or toe wounds.
We then picked up a supply of 25 safety pins to hold together torn clothing or make a sling. We also bought a small set of scissors to cut tape or fabric. The included comb is also good for getting small shards of metal or wood and cactus quills out of the skin.
After we got rid of some of the many bandages the kit had, we laid out what we wanted to put in our essential kit. We also bought some triple antibiotic ointment in a small spray container to aid in healing as well as some lubricating eye drops to flush out the peepers if anything got in them.
Cloth and tender tape is a must for any first-aid kit. These can hold wet bandages in place or even make a T-shirt or a pair of socks a large bandage if cut to the correct size.
Speaking of splinters, we purchased a set of tweezers and a magnifying glass to better see and extract those bothersome penetrates.
As you can see with some Tetris-ing we fit everything we feel we would need for a roadside first aid kit into a small size, but your individual kit may vary. Being prepared is half of the battle and all of this can be bought at your corner drug store with ease. There is no reason why you shouldn’t have this on your bike at all times.
Last month in “Baggers Essentials,” we touched on what tools you may need if your bike was broken down and on the side of the road. This month we are going to discuss what is needed if you or your body encounters an accident while riding.
We put together a first-aid kit for anything short of calling an ambulance due to massive trauma, major bleeding, broken bones, or anything else you should dial 911 for. The kit we assembled was less than $50 and is small enough to fit along with all of your other necessary items stowed in your saddlebag, but with enough items to get you back on the road or to a place where you can get proper medial attention. B