Marc's WhiteWater Gear Reviews

First Aid

Sometimes medical care is necessary. If so, you need to carry the tools that fit your skills and to a level of injuries you can handle. I believe it’s best that each paddler carries a medical kit according to those criteria. The contents of a first aid kit needs to be checked every year for it’s expiration dates.

Being trained both as a field medic in the army (commandos) and as an outdoor first responder, my kit is composed to my level of expertise.

My WhiteWater First Aid Kit

My first aid kit is packed in a waterproof bag. This bag contains a venom extractor kit, a windlass tourniquet and a adapted First Aid Kit.
My kit contains:

  • Wound plasters 19×38 mm, 5 pieces
  • Wound plasters 25×72 mm, 5 pieces
  • Wound plasters 60×100 mm, 2 pieces
  • Trauma dressing 12×12 cm
  • Butterfly bandage, roll 1.25 cm x 1 m
  • Needle and syringe 0.6×25 / 5 ml, 6 pieces
  • Wound plasters 10 x 25 cm
  • Sterile compress 5×5 cm
  • Hydrophilic bandage 5 cm x 4 m
  • Suture & needle 75 cm/nylon
  • Blood lancet, 4 pieces
  • Vinyl gloves 1 pair
  • Alcohol wipes, 10 pieces
  • Trauma shears
  • Tweezers
  • Tick tweezers
  • Scalpel
  • Mouth-to-mouth shield
  • Safety pins
  • Immodium
  • Paracetamol
  • Epi-pen adrenaline-autoinjector
  • Glucagen Pen
  • Athletic tape
  • Small tampons
  • Finger Splint
  • Splint 36″
  • Laceration Kit
  • Blister plasters
  • Electronic thermometer
  • Oral Rehydration Salts Sachets
  • 2 Rescue blankets
  • Betadine
  • Silk fixation tape
  • Spray Plaster
  • 2x elastic finger plasters
  • 2x knuckle plasters
All packed in a 5 liter Dry Bag.

Individual First Aid Kit: IFAK

Fenix Protector Individual First Aid Kit: IFAK SF. This firm bag is very well designed with regards to practicality. The Molle part is firmly attached to my pack, whilst the tongue/velcro/buckled bag is easily detached for quick use. I use this when backpacking.

Pills: watertreatment, diarrhea, constipation, pain relief, etctera.
Sports tape, rescue blanket, disinfectant, tick tweezers, tweezers, scissors, betadine, blister patches, ORS, Alcohol wipes, bandages and plasters.

Tourniquet in Pouch

I use a Fenix Protector PO-162 radio pouch for storing my (generic) tourniquet.

SOL Escape Lite Bivvy

I allways carry an emergency bivouac sack. Presently this a Survive Outdoors Longer (SOL) Escape Lite Bivvy It is lightweight at 165gr and packs incredibly small. The fabric lets moisture escape and keeps rain, snow, and wind on the outside – all while reflecting your body heat back to you. If necessary it can be used as a liner to enhance the warmth of your traditional sleeping bag.