Re: [John Muir Trail] Re: first aid kit
- I agree with the use of superglue. I have a single-use tube in my pack for just that reason. I’ve sliced my thumb – almost cutting the end off, but with superglue, I was able to “fix” it and it has healed without the need for stitches and virtually no scar either. I was able to continue my hike and I have almost full use of my hand/thumb throughout. I wet my other finger and then I can smooth out the rough spots on the setting glue without the fear of sticking my two fingers together. It lasts for days and is easy to reapply if/when needed.MikeMike, if I were a scout master I would be taking gauze pads too. I took some along for many years never used even 1 so dropped it all together.Another idea is to take a tiny tube of superglue. Dual use for me. Regluing plastic teeth on partial denture, done that, too many nuts on trail, AND for wound closure. Did that once on myself and it worked better than I could imagine. Idea is to hold cut tgether and put a thin layer of glue along surface of cut line NOT down into cut. For me, a sheet metal cut 3/4" long entirely thru skin on hand, I could see tendons like strings in there, it was magic. Instantly bonded the cut closed. Even with use stretching it and only a loose band aid it stayed closed and healed fine.Note that I wouldn't dream of doing this on anyone else especially someone else's children! My experiment was opportunistic at home could have gone for stitches if it failed. But I would use it on trail if needed, very unlikely. It's only for clean slice cuts not abrasion like injuries or anything else.I admit I just love those specialized ultralight multi use items. Only a few of them but they are fun.Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Express™, an AT&T LTE smartphone
- The ESSENTIAL item is 'second skin' or any other antiseptic liquid bandage product (Walgreens carries them) to cover scrapes, cuts, blisters, burns, etc.
Also, let me plug for injinji socks to prevent blisters forming in the first place.