What’s In Your Tankbag? First Aid Kit Edition

What’s In Your Tankbag? First Aid Kit Edition

Do you carry a first aid kid in your motorcycle tankbag or luggage?

When traveling I always have some basics with me like bandages, bandaids, pain killers, and emergency contact numbers but I really don’t have anything that would be called a first aid kit.

What Do I Need?

What do you think are the basic necessities to carry along “just in case”?

12 Replies to “What’s In Your Tankbag? First Aid Kit Edition”

  1. To make it easy for me, I buy pre-made kits from Aerostich or outfitters like EMS, then supplement with anything addt’l I think I or someone else may need such as “sting-kills” and baby aspirin (for heart attacks). I buy a new kit every 3-4 years to keep things fresh.

      1. Tough to say. Fortunately, I’ve never had occasion to need anything but sting-kills, Advil, and maybe OTC stomach meds to treat myself. And I’ve never been the only person attending an injury victim; the few times I’ve been involved with injured persons there were others on the scene first and others with first aid kits. The way the world turns, I figure always carrying a kit will mean I’ll probably never need it.

        1. Well, I hope you continue never having to find out.

          I’m sad to say – Unfortunately I’ve been at the scene of some pretty ugly accidents that no amount of bandages would have fixed. They still haunt me 🙁

  2. No first aid kit but it is probably something I should reconsider….I spend all this time and effort carrying things to keep the bike going in case of a failure. Maybe it is time I put stuff in the bags for myself too.

  3. If you want to get serious about first aid, get a trauma kit. And then clear out a saddlebag because that’s how much room it’ll take to hold it.

    The reality is that a typical first aid kit won’t cut it at an accident scene. You’d need to prepare for severe trauma — and know how to provide the proper emergency care.

    FWIW, I’d buy a personal locator beacon before a trauma kit.

    1. I’m just looking for the basics not so much a trauma kit. As you said, some traumas require knowledge I just wouldn’t have anyway.

      But, being prepared for explosive diarrhea or maybe having an epi-pen on hand on the road is probably a good thing 😆

  4. Can one EVER be prepared for explosive diarrhea? 🙂

    There was an article in the March BMW magazine about this very thing that got me thinking about adding a basic kit, too. Especially since we’re out in the sticks so much.

  5. A beacon or just a cell phone is a good idea, if your conscious. Always tell someone your route and ETA. Anything you’d personally need; epi-pen, diabetic supplies, glasses, personal information, etc. are must haves. Sanitary napkins are absorbent, sterile, can be cut to size and cheap.

    You’re right, duct tape works on people but remember, it also has to be removed.

    Knowledge is your best tool. Take a comprehensive first aid class and stay up to date. You’d be surprised at what you remember in a crisis.

  6. What goes in our tank bag depends on the ferry crossing we have. If it is an overnight crossing then we have a sets of waterproofs for Ian and Guzzisue and a change of clothes each. The bag is then repacked to be the same as a short crossing. The waterproofs remain along with two Hi-Vis jackets, maps, spare gloves,cables for cameras, phones etc. A first aid kit is kept in one of the panniers (saddlebags) and a red cross is taped onto the outside of this.

    In all of our trips we have only had to call on the kit once when Guzzisue got bit. It is however something we would not travel without abroad.

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