A recent afternoon in the woods teaching backwoods skills to Cubs reminded me of the importance of my cuts kit!
I thought it would be a good idea to share the concept with other outdoors people and leaders.
It might also serve as a reminder to those who may have heard about the concept before.
The concept of a cuts kit is simple, something small and simple that you keep on your person to deal with the common minor injuries that we and others incur in the woods. Teaching people outdoor living skills and, in particular, to use cutting tools will, from time-to-time, result in injuries. So it’s wise to have something close at hand to deal with this.
A cuts kit is not a replacement for our main first aid kit, it’s complimentary to it. The important thing is to keep the cuts kit small enough so it can slip into your pocket and not be a hassle to carry. Mine goes into a thigh pocket on my outdoor trousers and I forget it’s there until I need it.
So what’s in my cuts kit?
- Nitrile gloves – 2 pairs;
- Aide memoire of emergency medical actions;
- An Aloksak (tough waterproof bag);
- Finger dressings;
- Plasters in assorted sizes;
- Antiseptic wipes;
- Gauze swabs;
- Celox (Blood clotting agent);
- Resuscitation face shield;
The Celox is for dealing with more serious cuts and as I haven’t been trained to use it on others I reserve it for use on me only.
The last item is clearly not for cuts but I like to keep the face shield in my cuts kit so it’s always close to hand. Hopefully I’ll never need it but I know where it is if I do.
Do you carry a cuts kit? If so, leave a comment below to let us and other readers know what you include in yours…
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