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Biking Booboo
Kit for on-trail first aid

This kit is loaded with great stuff for those everyday biking biffs. Hard-to-find things like specialized bandages for knuckle, toe, fingertip, heel. Butterfly laceration closure strips. Big bandages for big scrapes. Medicine you might want on-trail. It's stuff you're likely to use. All tested and found useful by the world's clumsiest biker, who also happens to be an emergency-room doctor. 21 bandages, 5 medications, plus antiseptic cleaning packs.

All this good stuff is enclosed in a cheap zip-top plastic bag, with a small page of instructions. No expensive cloth bag, no clumsy plastic case, no cardboard box to break apart. The kit is featherweight light, and easily crammed into the side-pocket of your biking backpack. Stuff it in and forget it's there until you need it.

This kit has more than most $20 first aid kits, but is yours for only  $4.95.

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Quality stuff? You bet. These are the same bandage brands we use for our patients at Alta View Hospital and Cottonwood Hospital in Salt Lake City. Hey, just the Loratadine pill alone would cost you a buck retail. We don't skimp on the fancier and larger bandages. These specialty bandages are smooth, quality fabric so you can ride comfortably while wounded.
Why a zip-lock bag? There's no wasted space. Our kit has more stuff than the typical 6"x4"x2" backpacking first aid kit, but it goes anywhere. The kit can be stuffed inside your Camelbak, lying flat against the water bladder. It can be folded or rolled so it fits in the smallest side-pocket or wallet-flap. Stick it in your jersey pocket with your car keys. Or use one in your car's glove compartment.

Nothing complex about using it.
Just pull the bag out, stick your
fingers in and grab what you want.

There's information in the pack.
 Very similar to what's below,
but no pictures.

When you've popped your pills,
covered the blister, wiped the
blood, put it back. Simplicity.

Contents See our Bandaid Tricks page for helpful hints on using specialized dressings!
Loratadine (10 mg) Antihistamine. Generic equivalent of Claritin. Use for attacks of hay fever, itchy watery eyes from pollen, rash and itch of poison ivy, itchy insect bites and stings.
Acetaminophen (2 packets of 2, 500 mg) Pain reliever.  Generic equivalent of Tylenol, for pain relief.
Ibuprofen (2 packets of 2, 200 mg) Pain reliever/anti-inflammatory. For pain relief. May also provide some anti-inflammatory help for tendonitis or sunburn.
Bacitracin (2, 1 gm ea) Antibiotic ointment. After cleaning wound, apply to scrapes, animal bites, or punctures. Don't put on the areas of skin where the adhesive of your bandage must stick.
Hydrocortisone (1 gm) Corticosteroid cream. After cleaning skin, apply to itchy skin from poison ivy, stinging nettle, or insect stings.
Benzalkonium towelettes (2) Antibacterial wound cleaning wipes. After flushing with clean water, use towelette to clean scrapes and cuts. Also use to clean skin after contact with poison ivy or stinging nettle.
Toe covers (2) T-shaped adhesive-backed cloth cover. Surprisingly practical! Great for covering friction spots or blisters on toes during long rides. Rounded part goes over toenail and wings wrap around base of toe.
Fingertip hourglass covers (2) Hourglass-shaped fabric bandage. Cover fingertip cuts and scrapes; may be useful in other areas such as bridge of nose or tip of chin. Wonderful for covering friction blisters between the thumb and index finger. Also useful to cover heel blisters. Cover cuts on the underside of knuckles without wrinkling, by wrapping around finger.
Fingertip winged covers (2) Asymmetrical fabric round-winged bandage. Cover fingertip cuts and scrapes; may be useful in other areas such as bridge of nose or tip of chin. Can also be used to cover blistered toes.
Knuckle covers (2) H-shaped fabric bandage. Made for fingers. Great for cuts and scrapes over the top of the knuckle. Put the pad on the injury, and wrap the legs around your finger. Your joint can move without disturbing the bandage. Also very useful in curvy spots such as back of heel, tip of elbow, point of chin. The best cover for heel blisters -- and many other uses.
Patch covers (2) Broad fabric bandage, 2x4. For wider areas of injury such as scrapes on larger surfaces such as forearm or leg.
Winged large covers (2) Large fabric bandage with 4 wings, 3x3. For wider areas of injury such as scrapes on larger surfaces such as forearm or leg. Better for moving parts (like kneecap area) than a simple patch bandage.
Spot covers (2) Round bandage, 7/8. Cover punctures, small wounds in odd spots such as middle of the palm. Good for covering small hand blisters under your riding glove.
Strip bandages (2 large, 2 small) Traditional small-wound bandage. Larger bandage strips 1x3, small 3/8 x 1-1/2. We don't go overboard with lots of standard bandaids because you've probably got tons of them in your house. You want more, just throw in a couple extra from your own supplies.
Butterfly strip (2) Laceration closure. Use to draw the edges of a cut together. Clean thoroughly. Dry the skin. Stick one side securely on skin, 90 degrees angled to the direction of the cut. Place it so it will cross the cut at the small "neck" of the butterfly. Pull toward cut until the edges close, then stick the opposite side.
Non-stick pad (1) Wound dressing pad, 4x3". For larger abrasions on broad surfaces, for example thigh. Usually used with antibiotic ointment. Great for hip abrasions; use your biking shorts to hold the pad in position. On the ankle area, use your sock to secure the pad. For large shoulder or back scrapes, use a snug biking jersey or t-shirt to hold it in place while riding.

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