I carry a medical kit. You should, too.
For several years I carried, stuffed in a small pouch in my messenger bag, a handful of medically-useful implements. A couple band-aids, a small baggie with ibuprofen, maybe an almost-finished tube of Neosporin.
As time passed, and I found that I could require some things more and more often (say, Claratin), I’d add these things to the kit.
Several weeks ago, I found myself in a (non-emergency) situation where having a broader set of medical supplies would have been useful. A switch clicked in my brain about this and I asked myself:
“Self, what would you do if, say, you were waiting for the train and someone stepped to close to it and got hit?”
And the answer, sadly, was “watch them bleed out and die.” I did’t like that answer.
So I started building a portable medical kit.
I am not an emergency medical technician nor do I pretend to be. Applying a tourniquet to the stump of someone’s train-amputated arm is pretty much the epitome of an extreme scenario here but who knows? I wasn’t a Boy Scout but I kind of dig the motto: “Be prepared.”
In addition to bandages (which I increased the stock of), I added several symptom-addressing medications (like theraflu packets, pepto-bismol tablets, benadryl, etc). I got some ace bandages. Flashlight. Multitool. Disposable gloves. 100 feet of wound paracord that JD made for me.
Did you know that Superglue is great for closing deep cuts? It’s like instant stitching.
I’m not finished building the kit. I need some haemostatic powder, for instance, and some scissors and tweezers, and a strip of rubber. But it’s a start.
My medical kit (mostly) fits into a small pouch that weighs about a pound (the flashlight, multitool, and paracord bring the entire thing to about three pounds).