I hope that you know the importance of having a blow out kit on your person whenever you are at the range. We previously discussed a basic kit that could be contained in the HSGI Bleeder Pouch. Blow out kits are serious gear for serious situations. A blow out kit can literally save your life but how will you handle injuries that are less than life threatening? Build a booboo kit.
A booboo kit is just another name for a first aid kit. It should be compact and comprehensive. Think about all the common little injuries and issues that you deal with when you spend a day (or days) outdoors, at the range, or in training. You will probably deal with things like headaches, cuts, burns, scrapes, stomach aches, blisters and more. These are all things that can ruin a day at the range and can not (and probably should not) be treated with the items in your blow out kit.
You will also find this type of kit to be useful when you are not on the range. You may want to add it to your hiking pack, your hunting pack, your vehicle, or even keep it at the office.
A basic booboo kit should cover the most common injuries you encounter. The following list will not be comprehensive. You will want to consider adding and deleting items as you see fit.
Cut Treatment – Band-aids, gauze, first aid tape, triple antibiotic ointment, butterfly band-aids, medical grade super glue
Medications – Pain relievers, antacids, anti-diarrheal, cold meds, allergy meds, anti-itch ointment
Sprains and Breaks – Ace bandage, SAM splint, chemical cold compress, triangular bandage (used as a sling), finger splint,
Burns – Burn gel, burn dressings
Sanitation – Hand sanitizer, nitrile gloves, cleansing wipes
Other – Tick removal tool (tweezers or dedicated tool), mole skins for blister treatment, snake bite kit, scalpel blades, glow stick, space blanket
In addition to basic first aid supplies in my home and vehicle, carry a Tactical Medical Pack with Quick Clot in my Maxpedition Jumbo bag daily:
After growing up and still living out in the “country”, removing ticks is a seasonal practice. I found a Tick Key at Cabela’s a couple of years ago, have used it on people and animals numerous times and it is the best tick removal too I’ve ever used. I now have several on hand:
I am going to have to try the TickKey. The “Tick Twister” comes highly recommended too.