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  • A cold pack—kept in the fridge or freezer for bumps, swelling, bruising
  • Band-Aids or plastic strips in assorted shapes—for bleeding wounds
  • An antiseptic cream of your choice—for wounds
  • A digital underarm thermometer
  • A rescue blanket—to keep an injured person warm
  • Adhesive tape—to keep dressings in place and hold bandages together
  • Eye pads—for eye injuries such as cuts
  • Paper or Styrofoam cups—for eye injuries such as foreign bodies
  • Ampoules of saline—for flushing eyes and cleaning wounds
  • Gloves—to protect yourself
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

  • Splinter probes—to make removal of splinters easier
  • A light stick—for use in the dark to attract attention, for instance, when camping or bushwalking
  • Wound closure strips—good for holding lacerations together
  • Zip-lock plastic bags—for amputated parts
  • Safety pins—to hold triangular slings in place
  • Assorted bandages
  • A triangular bandage—a sling for arms or for splinting limbs (tie them or use them to apply pressure)
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Sterile gauze swabs—useful for everything!
  • Non-stick dressing—for grazes and/or minor burns until you get medical help
  • A combine dressing pad—pressure dressing for bleeding
  • Heavyweight bandages—pressure bandages for snake and funnel-web spider bites
  • A resuscitation mask
  • Freezing spray for ticks, e.g. Wartoff
  • Red-coloured hand towel
  • Timer
  • A first-aid and CPR guide

Information extracted, with permission, from A Life. A Finger. A Pea Up a Nose, by Sarah Hunstead (HarperCollins, 2017).

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