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A flat FAK

I am a firm believer in the maxims “something is better than nothing” and “the best gear is what you actually carry”. In my opinion, this also applies to first aid kits.

I try to keep a first aid kit in all my frequently used bags and packs. From left: The Flat FAK, another rather flat FAK, my medium FAK, my largish sports and outdoors FAK, car FAK.

I try to keep a first aid kit in all my frequently used bags and packs. From left: The Flat FAK, another rather flat FAK, small, but thick FAK, my medium FAK, my largish sports and outdoors FAK, car FAK.

 

I have put together a rather large first aid kit (FAK), which I bring whenever I participate in sports or go off the beaten track. However, I also try to keep a smaller FAK in every bag that sees use more than every other week.

As with all every day carry gear, a first aid kit is a compromise between size and usefulness. And while you can buy really small FAKs, they are not always flat enough to fit in a given pocket. Luckily, you can always build your own, if you find the right container.

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The Flat FAK with an iPhone 3g and a Buck 110 for scale.

 

I have a couple of relatives who suffer from migraine, a condition I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. They rely on a drug called Maxalt Rapitab. Since migraine sufferers should carry their meds everywhere they go, this drug comes in sturdy, flat plastic boxes, which lend themselves to a million uses. The other day, the idea struck me. Why not use one to build a very small, flat and compact FAK/boo boo kit?

The flatness does of course come at a prize: it is not possible to stuff an Israeli dressing or even a roll of conforming bandage into such a flat container (I can fit both into even my smallest non-flat FAK). That makes the Flat Fak more of a boo boo kit than a true first aid kit, but as I stated at the beginning of this post, something is better than nothing.

 

The Flat FAK contains: Ibuprofen (400mg x 2), paracetamol (400mg x 2), antihistamin, wound dressing pad/compress (5x5cm), waterproof bandage/large band aid (5x7cm), papery medical tape, band aids (two small, two large).

The Flat FAK contains: Ibuprofen (400mg x 2), paracetamol (400mg x 2), antihistamin, wound dressing pad/compress (5x5cm), waterproof bandage/large band aid (5x7cm), papery medical tape, band aids (two small, two large).

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