First Aid First

Things are slowly starting to come together.  I ordered a few waterproof pouches for items such as maps, to put our cell phones in if we get caught in a down pour, and for our first aid kit.  The waterproof pouches I had been using are made by aLOKSAK, but the closure systems had long ago failed, rendering them pretty useless as waterproof pouches.

Since the new Coughlan pouches came in, I get to go through all our first aid kit, lay it out and weigh it up.

  • Latex Gloves
  • After Bite Prep Pads
  • Antiseptic Prep Pads
  • Burn Gel
  • Tweezers
  • Sterile Pads
  • Polysporin Antibiotic Ointment
  • Steri Strips
  • Moleskin
  • Band-aids of Various Sizes
  • Safety Pins
  • Benadryl
  • Reactin
  • Sudafed
  • Advil
  • Tylenol – for fever
  • Thermometer
  • Electrolyte Replacement
  • Azithromycin – for bacterial infection
  • Ace Wrap
  • Irrigation Syringe 10cc
  • Tape
  • Compression Wrap

After sorting everything I divided them into two groups.  Products that needed water protection and those that didn’t.  What I ended up with was all of the bottled products in one bag and the rest in the other.  Olivia and I may divide this up to distribute weight and space on the bikes since the bottles of Advil and Tylenol add some bulk unfortunately.

It adds up to over half a kilo of weight, which when you’re trying to shave every gram you can, is a lot.  First aid is something I don’t want to skimp on, so we will go with this for now and perhaps get rid of some things along the way.

For a further detailed breakdown, see the following LighterPack link.

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