Everybody should carry a first aid kit (FAK) when motorcycling.  The goal of the kit is not to replace needed medical care but is designed and carried for assisting a person to get to a pharmacy or medical center for treatment.  My FAK has been used numerous times in the past; from the occasional Band-Aid need, to Tylenol, to being first on scene to horrendous motor vehicle accidents with serious injuries and fatalities.  Stopping severe bleeding and restoring breathing are critical and many times must be handled long before rescue personnel arrive.

No FAK is complete without proper training.  Doing the wrong things can more seriously injure an accident victim worse than not doing anything at all.  Using medical equipment such as airway tools should only be done by those who have been properly trained; advanced supplies such as tourniquets can be applied when major blood loss cannot be controlled by any other means but even then, the person applying the device should know the proper ways to use them and when it is necessary to release the pressure if emergency personnel have yet to arrive.

Many people do not carry any type of first aid supplies in the vehicles that they have or they have kits that were placed there by their vehicle manufacturer prior to purchase and the owner has no idea what is included.  In fact, many kits that have been sitting in the trunk during hot summers and frigid winters are worthless as the supplies have deteriorated way beyond their useful life.  If you have a FAK, inspect it twice a year…once in the spring and once in the fall.

The following FAK works for me.  What works for you may be totally different.  My kit was hand assembled and cost less than $200 when buying the items at one of the larger national grocery store chains.  Regardless what you carry, any items can be useful in an emergency situation and may help you or another person.

Items such as a seat belt cutter, emergency whistle, and other items that should be located near or with your kit are not shown below.

Item Size Qty
Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch 8″ x 7″ x 5.5″ 1
First Aid Red Cross velcro patch 2″ x 2″ 1
CPR Mask kit w/ protector valve Single 1
SAM splint 4.25″ x 36″ 1
Red tip tourniquet Normal, compressed 1
TK4 combat tourniquet Single 1
Quik Clot Sport clotting sponge 5″ x 5″ 50g 1
Celox hemostatic granules 35g 1
Israeli hemorrhage control bandage 6″ 1
Combine ABD pad 5″ x 9″ 2
Gauze pads 2″ x 2″ 5
Triple layer non-stick pads 3″ x 4″ 2
Non-adherent pad 2″ x 3″ 1
EpiPen Single dose 1
DentalMedic complete first aid kit pocket-sized pouch 1
Tylenol 2-pack 3
Advil 2-pack 2
Bayer aspirin 2-pack 2
Aleve 2-pack 1
Vick’s DayQuil 2-pack 2
Alka-Seltzer 2-pack 1
Blistex single pack 2
Oral pain relief – benzocaine single pack 2
Burn gel – lidocaine single pack 2
Antifungal cream – tolnaflate single pack 2
First aid and burn cream – benzalkonium single pack 1
Medi-Lyte electrolyte replacement 2-pack 3
Diamode diarrhea medicine single pack 1
Sting relief insect bite – lidocaine single pack 3
Antacid – calcium carbonate single pack 2
Pepto-Bismol 2-pack 3
Poison ivy/oak/sumac cleaners single pack 2
Alcohol prep pads single pack 5
Hand sanitizer single pack 2
Splinter out disposible tweezers single pack 1
Icepack single pack 1
Triple Antibiotic ointment 1 ounce 1
Hydrocortizone Plus cream 1 ounce 1
Hydrogen peroxide spray 2.0 fluid ounces 1
Visine Advanced eye drops 0.25 fluid ounces 1
3M temp-DOT thermometers 3
Non-latex gloves Pairs 3
Flexible fabric bandaids 3/4″ x 3″ 8
Bandaids Miscellaneous sizes 10
Medical scissors 1
Prestige Medical clothing shears 1
Metal tweezers 1
Gauze tape Rolls 2
EMT Pouch Current Weight 2 pounds 8 ounces

All of the above fits easily into the Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch except for the SAM splint and the CPR Mask which are stored separately in the same pannier.  Here’s a picture of the little amount of space all of the above takes along with a quick look with the Condor pouch opened up:

 

FAK 1

FAK 2