Check your fire insurance. Your laws may not prevent it, but you may void your fire insurance if you store more than five gallons.
With the pandemic I’ve been spending a lot of time on trails around my house and a recent encounter caused me to change my own PFAK. I am not suggesting any of the priorities here (weight and lifesaving value) are wrong. But recently I met a couple in the woods where the young lady had twisted her ankle and was in serious pain, not shocky but not looking great either, with her male partner having to help carry her off the trail. They were close to the trailhead when I met them and refused help. But based on this encounter, and realizing that even with high boots an ankle sprain could put me in a bad situation I’d want cold and compression to deal with, I’ve subbed a 4” ace bandage (I had a 2”) and added a cold pack to my kit. The cold pack adds space and weight, and I wouldn’t take anything out of my basic kit but there’s room in my day pack. Here’s my thinking: is a twisted ankle more likely than a GSW most days in the woods? I’m packing it, and if the only service it does it to chill a beer when it expires and I replace it with a new one, I’m good with that.
Thanks, missed the Saran Wrap/plastic wrap—btw brand does matter, I wouldn’t use store brand plastic wrap.) I’m still going to say duct tape should be high on the list. Maybe not ideal, but if I had just gauze pads, Saran Wrap and duct tape I could bandage almost anything.
I’m going to assume that the #1 thing I’d put on this list (duct tape) is missing because it’s considered not just a medical supply. That said, duct tape should be on this list: it’s sterile (enough) it holds on any of the other bandages, it can be used to make wound coverage of every size, and like all the best emergency tools, there’s a lot of other uses. Second, as long as you’ve got duct tape I’d add cyanoacrylate (Crazy) glue which can be used in place of sutures, can reinforce butterflies, and again has a whole bunch of non medical emergency uses. Further, I’d ditch the chest seals in favor of Saran Wrap. Saran Wrap plus duct tape on three sides will do what chest seals will at much lower price, plus again much wider alternative utility. Like keeping flies off of bandages… last, I’d swap the immodium placement with the pepto bismol. Immodium just stops, while pepto cures. Having had dysentery a number of times, trust me, pepto is what you want to start with, immodium only if that doesn’t stop it fast enough.