• I use a series of 4 zip lock freezer bags marked with a strip of colored tape to indicate its contents. The bags measure up to 8.5 x 7 inches. Carefully squeezing out the air, when stacked they are less than 3 inches thick (and very light).
  • I carry them in a small back pack that measures approximately 10x11" (Jansport ½ pint on the left)1 or 12x9" (Camtoa on the right).1, 2 These easily accommodate the freezer bags and leaves plenty of room for extra layers of clothing, tools, spare tire or whatever else you may want to take on your ride. One can also use a bike rack bag3 or panniers4.
Here's what each zip-lock bag in the back pack holds (as well as some optional items or "carry-on's"):
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  • Yellow Striped Bag: The yellow striped bag contains medication and cleansing supplies.
    1. 4 chewable 81mg baby aspirin8 for use in individuals with symptoms of possible heart attack (chest pain, shortness of breath, chest tightness, pain radiating down arm or through to back, etc.). Administer all 4 immediately.
    2. 4 chewable 25mg Benadryl tablets9 (administer 2 if suspect, or previous history of, allergic reaction and hold other 2 for later if needed help does not arrive).
    3. Wound and hand cleaning material (large alcohol pads10 and towelettes11)
    4. Antibiotic ointment (small 0.5 oz. tubes)12
    5. Sting Relief Packet13 (optional)
    6. Biofreeze14 (optional) for swelling associated with sprain and strains (optional)
  • Blue Striped Bag: The blue striped bag contains additional gauze pads and band aids.
    1. Sterile pads of varying sizes including non-latex and non-sticking pads15
    2. Oval eye pad16 (optional)
    3. Band aids, large and medium size17 (small size are rarely necessary and optional)

Compact First Aid Kit
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Compact Emergency Kit:
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  • Finally, several other optional items:
    1. This includes a "space blanket" to keep an individual warm18 when necessary and a small baggies containing self-adhering gauze19 (Optional - to use to wrap gauze around a limp including head wounds) as well as a strong tape20 (strong and adhesive but can be torn by hand - optional but recommended) to use with gauze pads.
    2. One can also carry the chewable baby aspirin and Benadryl in a small pill case attached to your key chain21 to be available at all times along with a small mini ambu protective shield for those trained in CPR (see Key Chain Emergency Kit) .22

  • Note: Having the first aid materials available and knowledge of how to use them (See Emergency 101) is a key to rapid stabilization while awaiting paramedics. Sometimes all you can do is call 911, make sure the injured and other individuals are safe (from vehicles or other dangers) and do the best with what you have and what you know.

    Materials (suggested list) - The materials not linked can be obtained from CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens or other drug stores:
    1. Jansport half pint backpack  from Janpack (Optional)
    2. CamToa or Snowhale child's back pack  from Amazon.com (nice small pack that, once straps are adjusted, fits adults with comfort) (Optional)
    3. Bike Rack Bag Seat Cargo Bag Rear Pack Trunk Pannier  from Roswell at Amazon.com or rear rack with bag (the examples are only suggestions) (Optional)
    4. Waterproof Pannier Bag  from Disconano at Amazon.com or rear panniers with regular rear rack (these examples are only suggestions) (Optional)
    5. Infi-Touch, Steel Blue, Nitrile Gloves  9.5" Length, Powder Free, Hypoallergenic from Amazon.com
    6. Combine ABD pad  from SUPPLIES at Amazon.com or ABD pad, extra absorbent, from Mansune
    7. CELOX First Aid Temporary Traumatic Wound Treatment  2gm, 10-Pack, from Amazon.com
    8. 4 chewable 81mg baby aspirin from local pharmacy
    9. 4 chewable 25mg Benadryl tablets from local pharmacy
    10. Large Alcohol Pads  from McKesson on Amazon.com
    11. Hand Cleaning Towelletes  from Cats Tongue
    12. Small 0.5 oz. Antibiotic Ointment available from local pharmacy, drug store, Walmart, Amazon.com, and Drugstore.com
    13. Sting Relief Packets Sting Relief Packets (Optional) from Amazon.com
    14. Biofreeze  travel packets from HPMS Inc. (Optional)
    15. Sterile pads of varying sizes including latex free and non-stick from local pharmacy or drug store.
    16. Oval eye pads(Optional - one can use folded gauze pad and tape or band aids to hold gauze in place)from local pharmacy or drug store
    17. Band Aids, Large and medium from local pharmacy or drug store
    18. SOL Emergency Blanket  (Optional) from Adventure Medical Kits or Amazon.com
    19. Corban 3 inch self-adherent wrap  or Corban 1 inch wrap (Optional)
    20. Durapore Medical Tape  Silk Tape (Optional but recommended) from Amazon.com
    21. Compact Pill Case  from Cielo (expensive but compact, waterproof and recommended) or larger but less expensive 4pc Medium Size / MEDICAL ALERT - FIRST AID container PILL CASE Set from SE at Amazon.com
    22. CPR kit with Gloves  from the American Red Cross or Smallest CPR Mask + Gloves Keychain from SOLO wilderness first aid (Optional - for those trained in CPR or BLS)
    1. Emergency 101 Emergency first aid for the non-medical individual by Anthony Marchand, M.D.
    2. American Red Cross Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Treatment , American Medical Association, Random House, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4000-0712-7.
    3. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine (accompanying DVD), 18th edition, McGraw Hill, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-07-1748889-6
    4. Wildcare, Dr. Frank Hubbell, DO, Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities Inc., 2014, ISBN: 9780-615-98516-9
    5. Wilderness Medicine by William W. Forgey M.D. (Nov 6, 2012)
    6. First Aid, CPR, and AED Advanced, Emergency Care & Safety Institute, Sixth Edition, Jones and Bartlett Learning, ISBN: 978-1-4496-3505-3
    7. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th Edition by Anthony S. Fauci, Eugene Braunwald, Dennis L. Kasper, and Stephen L. Hauser, 17th ed., McGraw Hill - A standard advanced medical text book.
    8. Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine by Duff J. and Gormly P., 10th ed., Cicerone Press, 2007. ISBN: 13: 978-1-85284-500-1
    9. Backcountry First Aid , Tilton B., Falcon Press, 5th ed., 2007. ISBN: 978-0-7627-4357-5
    10. Merck Manual, Mark Beers, M.D. and Robert Berkow, M.D. (editors), Merck Research Laboratories, 7th ed. ISBN: 0911910-10-7 - Soft bound book addition of the site listed above.
    First Aid Videos:
    1. Basic First Aid Training HD  Excellent lengthy review from American Safety EMT given by John Klatt. A Must Watch!
    2. Intro to ProFirstAid Basic  A multi-part review for the lay rescuer from ProFisrtAid
    3. First Aid Lessons: Recovery Position, Bleeding, Bandaging and Burns  From Yavapai College instructor Cathy Schiller with good video on the recovery position.
    4. Everyday First Aid Short  excellent videos from the British First Aid
    5. When Seconds Count - Emergency First Aid Training  From American Safety EMT given by John Klatt
    6. Blunt Force Trauma First Aid  From American Safety EMT given by John Klatt
    7. How to Treat a Bleeding Arm Wound  and much more on Playlist. Be cautious of tourniquets and use as only a last resort. From MonkeySee.
    8. How To Use A First Aid Kit... What Your First Aid Course Didn't Teach You: Free Safety  From American CPR Training
    9. How to use an epinephrine auto injector  From MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    10. Maxpedition FR-1 First Aid Kit  From TheAmericanOutfitter
    11. Snake bite: first aid  From Junglecrafty
    12. First Aid Instructional Video  From HKgunner
    13. How to Use an Automated External Defibrillator  From Monkey

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    • Red Striped Bag: The red striped bag is for acute trauma associated with bleeding.
      1. Hypoallergenic Nitrile 9.5" Gloves5 that are strong and won't tear (for your protection from blood, biohazardous, contagious materials)
      2. 2 or 3 absorbent (ABD) trauma pads6
      3. 2 packets of Celox7 (2 gm each) for quick clotting only if continued pressure fail to stop bleeding
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    Bicycling, hiking and boating do pose dangers from poor road conditions and vehicles, poor trail or boating accidents. For those wishing to carry an emergency kit with the minimal of supplies and that occupies the least space, we will show you what to pack. One should also know how to use the materials and how to respond to emergency. See Emergency Response 101.
    • Your charged cell phone is the most important item you can carry in case you need to call 911.
    Now let's look at what to carry in your emergency pack:
    • Black Striped Bag: The black striped bag is empty to stow biohazard materials (left over cleaning gauze, debris, gloves) for later biohazard discard (consult your local rescue unit for appropriate discard drop off).