Preparation is everything when traveling. In the last year, more adventurers than ever took to the outdoors to escape Zoom calls and their own four walls. While the outdoors is one of the safer places to be during a pandemic, it can be a dangerous place if you are not prepared. Uncharted Supply Co understands that every outdoor enthusiast needs to gear up for their adventure and they have you covered with their First Aid Pro and the small but mighty Triage Kit.
It’s as if someone at Uncharted Supply Co went through my bag and put all the little first aid items into this perfectly packaged Triage Kit. With two young kids, I am constantly throwing in an extra bandaid or skin glue into my bag. Now, I just need to grab the Triage Kit and run out the door. The Triage kit fits in the palm of your hand and if there is no room in your bag for it, you can attach it to the outside of your pack. The carrying case is comprised of 30D double-ripstop nylon from military parachutes.
Inside the Triage Kit you’ll find Duct tape, baling wire, zip ties, safety pins, storm matches, space blanket, aspirin, bandages, blister gels, wound closure strips and petroleum jelly packets. This can get you through a rough hike and into the night, allows you to patch up minor wounds and stay warm until help arrives.
I wish I had this on our trip to Zion National Park last year. We had ventured off the beaten path and my littlest fell, scraping up his leg on the rough red rocks. I had only brought a couple bandaids with me but the wound required more than a small dressing and the wound closure strips would have been clutch in the moment. The only thing I ended up adding to this kit is a couple antiseptic wipes for wound clean out.
At the time of this article, the Triage Kit is on sale for $38.00. We recommend having one in your pack, car or on your bike for those unexpected times you need some basic first aid. Don’t forget the college kid in your life- this is the perfect little kit for them to have in the car or their dorm room.
First Aid Pro
As a first responder, I judge a lot of the first aid kits on the market. Many lack of quality supplies, applicable products and insightful organization. I wasn’t always so judgemental about a kit but a couple of years ago I witnessed a F250 truck in front of me overcorrect and roll not only his truck but his 22 ft. toy trailer while traveling about 70MPH on the freeway.
Grabbing my generic first aid kit and CPR rescue mask from the glove compartment, I approached the scene and began to stabilize the driver. Another passerby stopped and called 911 for us. The driver was very disoriented (as one would be) and while I was trying to triage him, I was asking the other witness to hand items like 4x4s, ace bandages and scissors from my own kit to me. Because the witness was very overwhelmed with the situation, he was fumbling through the kit, unable to locate what I needed and eventually just dumped the kit out onto the ground. Ugh. My gloved hands were contaminated with the driver’s blood so I didn’t want to dig through everything and cross contaminate all my supplies. The whole situation was a mess. Thankfully, EMS was on scene within about 7 minutes.
So, why do I now carry the First Aid Pro? Organization baby! Look at all those glorious labels. There is even a space behind the wound dressings for you to add your own products. I have been keeping my closure kit in the area with nylon suture, extra gloves, dermabond and aspirin tablets. I also switched out the pen for a ballpoint. I like to write heart rates, blood pressures, SpO2 and other details on my gloves or scrubs when we are working within a trauma scenario.
The back of the First Aid Pro is a MOLLE system so you can attach it to your pack or a belt (if that’s your thing). It is also compact enough to toss in a gym bag, weekend/carry on bag and store in your glove compartment.
My only problem with the supplies is the 30ml saline tube. To replace it, I need to order from another company and in larger quantities than I need. The saline compartment sleeve stretches so I can find something close enough at my local drug store.
The Frist Aid Pro from Uncharted Supply Co is available on their website for $60 and is worth every lifesaving penny. You will definitely be prepared for the unexpected with the First Aid Pro.
Here is the list of the included supplies:
- 20 x Adhesive dressings, sterile, individually wrapped
- Bandage shears, stainless steel
- Cotton gauze swabs, (3 in pack), sterile, 7.5cm x 7.5cm
- CPR Card
- First Aid Booklet
- Hypo allergenic adhesive tape, 25mm wide roll
- 2 x Nitrile gloves (1 pair in CPR KIT)
- Note pad (located at the back of the First Aid Booklet) & pencil
- 1 x SMART Bandage, heavy duty, 10cm x 2m
- 1 x Emergency Blanket
- Resuscitation face mask, disposable, incl 1 pair gloves & 1 skin cleaning wipe (in CPR KIT)
- 1 x Saline, sterile, 30ml
- 2 x Safety Pins
- 4 x Skin cleaning wipes, with cetrimide (1 with CPR KIT)
- Splinter probes, (5 per pack), sterile
- Triangular bandage, 96cm x 96cm x 136cm
- Tweezers, rust resistant with tip guard, stainless steel
- Wound closures (3 per pack), sterile
Weight: 1.3lb. . Dimensions: 6in x 8in x 3.5i. . Volume: 2.75L