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This list is divided into 3 sections: essentials, things most people will want to have in a complete kit (basics), and extras. People carry more or less from the third list depending on the specific action (is it raining or snowing? is it 100 degrees outside?), available space, and experience. Remember, an emergency situation is never the time nor place for your first experience with a new herb or medication. Give some thought to your bag itself (many people prefer shoulder bags since they allow quicker and easier access on the fly) and how it's packed (for example, what should be packed on the outside or on the top for easiest access? what must be kept dry?). The L (L superscript) denotes potential latex item.

The Essentials Edit

  • Personal drinking water
  • Saline or water for eye/wound flushing (sport-top bottle)
  • Gloves (non-latex nitrile or plastic)L
  • Gauze (sterile or clean 4x4s or 3x3s)
  • Band-aidsL
  • Tape (paper or plastic)
  • Bandana(s)

The Basics Edit

  • LAW: Maalox or other liquid antacid mixed 1:1 with water (sport-top bottle) Note: LAW is just as effective as clean water for tear gas/pepper spray decontamination. As these weapons are particulates, the use of antacid does not effectively treat any eye/mouth/nose exposure.
  • Roller gauze
  • Bandage scissors (blunt tip, like trauma shears)
  • Alcohol or povidone iodine wipes
  • Povidone iodine (water-based gel) or antibiotic ointment
  • Rescue Remedy and/or whiteflower oil
  • Energy bars (if you plan to give them out avoid peanuts and other allergens)
  • Candy ginger
  • Sugar (cake icing tube, glucose gel, or honey) for diabetics
  • Rehydration drink mix (e.g., dilute Gatorade, miso)
  • Suncreen (alcohol-based)
  • Tampons or pads (If you're part of a larger action with the potential for multi-day support or arrests that take longer than a few hours, pack pads over tampons. Tampons can cause shock if there isn't an opportunity to remove. Look for heavy pads/all day pads for the best option)
  • Notebook & marker
  • Duct tape
  • Safety pins
  • Paper and plastic bags

The Extras Edit

  • CPR face shield or mask
  • Sam splint
  • Ace bandage
  • Vet wrapL
  • Triangular bandage
  • Cloth sling
  • Mole skin (for blisters)
  • Tweezers
  • Tongue depressors (for finger splints)
  • Instant ice/heat pack
  • Tea tree oil or yarrow
  • Burn salve (like Ching Wan Hung)
  • Salve: Calendula, St. John's wort
  • Topical arnica
  • Homeopathics (e.g., sulfur, apis)
  • Cough drops
  • Epi-pen
  • Space blanket
  • Clean shirt in a sealed bag
  • Field guide
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Matches or lighter
  • Goggles
  • Emergen-C