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I only carry a few Band Aids and some alcohol wipes, but I'm thinking about carrying more. What do you guys/gals think is a good all around load out for first aid and fishing?

I would think bleeding and infection would be high on the list, but I have enough room in a pocket to carry some additional things.

What would you guys/gals suggest for a good pocket sized all around first aid load out?

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Honestly? Duct tape. Worry about infection after you get back to the bank. I cant tell you how many times I cut a finger at work, and I just taped it up and went back to work.

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Duct tape won't stop any bleeding though. Must be some kind of cloth or gauss under tape. 

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Lol, that is why I wear long sleeve shirts and thick blue jeans. Put enough pressure on it, place it on your pants, and let the denim soak it. Im fine with stains on my clothes.

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LOL. somehow I feel like "rub some dirt on it", "tussin", and "liquid nails" will win out.

 

 

 

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MediSpor first aid kit.

Tom

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Some helpful items in a fishing first aid pack would include:

Tweezers

One of those instant ice packs

Sunburn cream

Insect bite cream

Aspirin or Tylenol

 

 

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I'm a bank guy so don't carry much - I keep a small first aid kit in my fishing license pouch but it's pretty bare bones.  I carry one of those small disposable antibiotic ointment pouches (totally stolen from the company first aid kit), some insect bite cream, and a few bandages.  I figure that should cover any scrapes or cuts.  I recently added a high-decibel whistle in case of any major injury where a first aid kit won't do and I can't walk out. The lakes I fish have no cell reception and no boating/no boating most of the year, and a broken ankle or torn up knee would be bad news getting back to the car.

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I'm guessing that it would have to take the place of fishing gear? Nah. If I'm bleeding bad enough to stop fishing I should of turned the motor off to put the plug in. 

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2 minutes ago, Oufb90 said:

I'm guessing that it would have to take the place of fishing gear? Nah. If I'm bleeding bad enough to stop fishing I should of turned the motor off to put the plug in. 

No. I'm thinking that it would be small enough to shove in most any pocket of whatever one is wearing.

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The whistle idea is a good one. I'm pretty good with hiking but one spot I fish is almost a mile from the parking area and the spot has technically been closed for years now, but I'm friends with some of the mp's.( It's on an air force base) they let me fish because I usually carry out trash (which is why it is closed.). I was hooked up with a smallie and a rod I had cast out for cats and let soak started dragging to the water. I was climbing on very large rip rap and trying to get 2 fish on 2 separate rods and slipped and fell and broke both rods and thought I broke my leg for a couple minutes. After the pain and shock wore off I realized I could limp along and I got out with just a sprain. Could have been a really bad situation and if my leg was broke I'd trade half my tackle for a whistle in that scenario

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6 hours ago, Fun4Me said:

I only carry a few Band Aids and some alcohol wipes, but I'm thinking about carrying more. What do you guys/gals think is a good all around load out for first aid and fishing?

I would think bleeding and infection would be high on the list, but I have enough room in a pocket to carry some additional things.

What would you guys/gals suggest for a good pocket sized all around first aid load out?

So what could go wrong fishing from the bank?

You could hook yourself and need to remove a deeply imbedded hook.

You could fall and injure yourself and need help.

You could step into or onto hornets nest.

You could get bit by a poisionus snake.

What kind of first aid kit that fits into you pocket will help in those situations? Answer; cell phone and letting know someone where you plan to go and approximately when you should return.

You can remove a imbedded hook if you know how to do it using a shoe string.

Otherwise add Neosporin to you band aids if a good kit is too big to carry.

Tom

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Motrin at least 800mg

Benadryl good from bees to snakes

A few normal bandaids

A small tube of super glue

Neosporin small tube. 

This is a basic kit that is very versatile and small.

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As Tom pointed out, there are a great number of things that can go wrong in any situation. Those are exponentially worse if you have no way of summoning help you're unable to render to yourself so being able to get help is critical. Where there is no cell service there are satellite based options for getting help if there's no one around. The whistle is not a bad idea if there are people within earshot. 

As far as for what you're looking to do I think you're absolutely on the right track with cuts, punctures, etc. You need something to clean/sterilize as best as possible, stop bleeding, and then protect. I like iodine wipes, some kind of tape, gauze pads. Butterfly bandages are nice. They can temporarily act almost as stitches with a deep cut. I like having a multi tool as well. They're not the best at anything but they can do a little of everything. Benadryl and ibuprofen can save a day of fishing and don't take up much room.

The number one pocket for first aid is the one between your ears though. Knowing how to deal with potential medical issues and why you need to do what will allow you to improvise for a short time with relatively little in the way of supplies. 

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I like the ideas above for first aid, which is similar to what I carry in the boat. One item that while not directly for first aid is a hook cutter. I have a Muskie sized one in the boat and carry a bass hook sized one on shore in case the fish and I hookup on the same lure. You could cut the shank of the treble to release yourself from the bait and fish and deal with yourself later. I came close to having to do this once, but luckily I got unhooked before the barb sunk in, but man when that Smallie shook it hurt, can't imagine the pain had that hook been buried 

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flask of your favorite spirit....i only carry some tape because i'll deal with any injury later.  if it is bad enough for me to stop fishing then i probably should be going to the ER.

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I don't carry a lot of first aid items, but I do carry a lot of stuff that could be used for first aid in an emergency. Knife, lighter, several clean white cotton rags, and rope.  If it came to it I also have some small circle hooks, and small diameter braid in my tackle bag.

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2 minutes ago, Bankbeater said:

I don't carry a lot of first aid items, but I do carry a lot of stuff that could be used for first aid in an emergency. Knife, lighter, several clean white cotton rags, and rope.  If it came to it I also have some small circle hooks, and small diameter braid in my tackle bag.

if you are thinking of doing stitches, get some super glue instead.  saved me on many a climbing trip when i'd tear up my fingers.  

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I dont carry when bank fishing but have a full scale first aid kit in the boat. Luckily haven't had to use anything but a band aid or two in 7+ years but keep it in the boat just in case. I would stick to band aids, some gauze, and some ointment. Some ointment could let your treat a wound and stay and fish all day. I would also bring electrical tape, and a small pair of pliers cable of cutting a hook in case a treble hook gets loose and your alone. That way you can simply cut the lure instead of messing with split ring pliers trying to get lure detached from your body. 

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