Whats in your First Aid Kit?

An ordinary first aid kit just won't cut it for a motorcycle kit.  The types of common injuries that bikers experience need a different balance of first aid content.  It is important to know the purpose of and how to use every item in your first aid kit - otherwise it is just taking up space.

Common Injuries for motorcycle riders are:
  • Major Trauma: head, spinal, and internal injuries
  • Fractures, bleeding, or amputation
  • Burns - sunburn and heat burns, exhaust pipe burns 
  • Eye injuries - things flying or blowing into the eyes
  • Cuts, abrasions, and scrapes - usually from hitting the road literally
Here are suggestions for the motorcycle first aid kit

  • A good compact first aid book
  • Antibiotic Ointment and wipes - individual packets (6)
  • Anti-microbial hand cleaner - waterless
  • Band-Aids - A variety of sizes and types
  • Steri-strips (butterfly sutures
  • Large combine pads
  • Large sterile gauze pads (5)
  • CPR Mask
  • Emergency Blanket - Retain body heat, for reflecting rain, or using as ground cover
  • Normal saline 10ml vials - doubles as eye wash and a wound cleanser
  • Instant hot/ cold packs
  • Burn cream or gel
  • Glow Stick
  • Heavy Duty Zip-Lock bags (Storage for discarded items containing body fluids)
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Non-deodorant Feminine Pads (Great for stopping bleeding - can be cut in half)
  • Other medications (e.g. Aspirin, anti-diarrhea tablets, anti-acid, antihistamine)
  • Triangular bandage - used for slings, padding, strapping limbs to body, splints
  • Elastic and crepe bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Mobile Phone
  • Soft waterproof cases tend to make the best storage mediums for all this stuff
  • A common practice is to use zip lock bags to compartmentalize these items

Courses such as First Aid or CPR are recommended.  Another recommendation is an Accident Scene Management course