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What goes in your offroad rig for support


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Here are some tips (always growing) of items to bring with you on your adventure

Carry multiple way to make a fire

Fire can be used to:

  1. provide heat
  2. cook and preserve food
  3. purify water & sterilize wound dressings
  4. act as a signaling device

There are several easy methods to start a fire that include:

  • Survival lighter
  • Matches (kept in a waterproof case)
  • Magnesium bar with built in flint and your knife. I like Doan Magnesium Starters because of the quality or Light My Fire Swedish Firesteel
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First Aid Kit

A water proof case or bag

DOCUMENTATION

  • Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine
  • SOAP Notes (or Injury / illness documentation forms)
  • Note book & pencil
  • List of drugs in the kit & expiration date
  • Copy of doctor’s order for prescription drugs carried in the kit

PERSONAL PROTECTION

  • 4 (at least) pair non latex Gloves (also put a set in each of the other sections)
  • Ear plugs
  • Purell hand sanitizer

TOOLS

  • Headlamp / Penlight
  • Watch
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • 60 cc syringe
  • Suction bulb
  • Oral / digital thermometer
  • Sterile scalpel blade
  • Fine hemostat x 2
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Sterile needles for splinters
  • Pocket rescue mask

WOUND CLEANING KIT

  • Tooth Brush - new
  • 2 4x4 inch sterile gauze dressings
  • 2 2x2 inch sterile gauze dressings
  • 1 small bottle of tincture of benzoin

WOUND DRESSING KIT

  • 2 4x4 inch sterile gauze dressings
  • 2 2x2 inch sterile gauze dressings
  • First Aid Cream
  • Neosporin
  • 1 2x2 mole skin for blisters
  • 6 band-Aids
  • 1 roll 1 inch flexible tape
  • 1 roll “vet” wrap
  • 1 small tube Providone iodine ointment
  • 1 small bottle liquid soap
  • 2 inch elastic bandage

ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK KIT

  • Epinephrine
  • 1 cc syringe x3 or Epi pen
  • 4 tablets Benedryl

LARGE WOUNDS / FRACTURES

  • Large Triangular Bandage
  • Xeroform gauze dressing
  • Sam Splint
  • 4 Diaper pins
  • 4” & 6” Ace bandage
  • Burn sheet (100% cotton t-Shirt fresh from dryer kept in plastic bag)
  • Large dressing (Sanitary Napkins / diapers work well)
  • Handful of big plastic cable ties
  • Duct Tape

MEDICATIONS – Nonprescription

  • Tylenol aka Acetaminophen (Pain, Fever)
  • Advil aka ibuprofen (Pain, Fever, Inflammation)
  • Aspirin (Pain, Fever, Inflammation)
  • Aleve aka naproxen (Pain, Fever, Inflammation)
  • Allegra-D
  • Imodium
  • Benadryl
  • Stool Softener (e.g. Colase)
  • Syrup of Ipecac
  • Liquid activated charcoalv
  • Cake mate
  • Dramamine (motion sickness)
  • Cough & cold preparations
  • Sun block
  • Chap Stick

MEDICATIONS – Prescription  (Talk to your doctor)

  • Antibiotic tablets
  • Antibiotic eye ointment or drops
  • Epipen
  • Prednisone
  • Abuterol Inhaler
  • Medication for severe pain
  • Steroid cream
  • Diamox (if going to altitude)

Tools & Replacement Parts

Replacing a universal joint

The tools and parts you’ll need for replacing a U-joint include:

  • New U-joint
  • Snap ring pliers or pliers
  • Flat blade screw driver to push the "C" clips off - a thin blade is nice
  • Big hammer
  • Block of wood to work on
  • Old socket that has the right OD (outside diameter) to fit inside the yoke holding the U-joint cap

 

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