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Any trained / experienced emergency responders or hardened men in the tavern? :devilish:

In preparation for a month-long ride from Arabia to EU, I'm assembling a first aid kit / plan and could use some advice.

Actually, I already have a kit, and I've trained St John's Ambulance first aid course, and seen some use; so we're not starting from scratch - but over-confidence can be just as bad as under-preparedness, and so I'd appreciate someone to talk things over.

The situation is mainly motorcycle accident, but we could add in camping as well as more generic survival, too.

Basically, I'll be on the open road for 30-ish days, on my Burgman, and would like to be as self-sufficient as possible.

I'm not thinking of discussing setting broken bones, or anything like that - I'll be solo, but on well-traveled roads; so I reckon someone will throw me into the back of a pick-up truck and drive me to the nearest doctor for serious stuff.

Instead I'm interested in self-care as much as possible, prevention preferably, or patch up and keep going, if possible.

I've read First Aid Kit what are you carrying and where ? and looked over the usual youtube videos, such as:

From preventing sunburn, dehydration, diarrhea, constipation, I dunno... gonorrhea LOL, to how to deal with minor scooter spills and wild camping issues, such as wild dog bites, to the more serious possibilites of hard crashes, what would you be thinking of if you were planning a 10,000km / 6,000 mile ride across Arabia?

I might be missing something obvious, and your comment could be a great help.
 

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All I would say is ride as safe as possible and within your limits and avoid riding when seriously tired.
Take a very good first aid pack and most of all make sure you have the very best in travel insurance.
Looking forward to reading about your adventure.
Thanks, good point on the medical coverage - I have a top plan, courtesy of employer, so once in hospital all is good from that side of things. My focus is the prevention and the on-the-spot self-care.

Absolutely right on the riding when tired... that's the number one issue to avoid. Glad you raised it. I'm thinking 3-4 hours a day, and that's it. Morning rise, pack camp, and ride till lunch. Then tourist stuff and nap, scout out camping site.

Also a good reminder on defensive riding... I try practice that anyways, but let me add a few more extra shiny stickers to help be noticed, thannks for prompting the idea (distracted drivers from behind are my worst fear... ahead of me, I trust myself to see them and take appropriate action - but from behind, they really scare me. Some dude speeding, with his left foot up on the dash and his right finger up his nose...that's bad news for a scooter! And don't even get me started on how many I see on their cell phone!!!)

All kidding aside, I've lost several friends and attended to families who have lost people to road crashes here :(

Preparation H added to list!! helps with motorcycle monkey butt, too!

EDIT: actually, if I may expand on the defensive riding, because it's important. I'm an older guy, with a lifetime of riding experience in all sorts of weird countries - you know my best defensive riding strategy? You'll like this... it is to appear and be seen to be 'the crazy one' on the road LOOOL seriously. Most drivers are wary of motorcycle riders, who over here have the reputation of racing and riding erratically - and so I take my full lane, confidently, and swerve a little here and there every so often (on purpose), and look like I might do something stupid at any moment... and the cars give me a wide berth :cool: I'm 100% serious.

Of course this doesn't help against the distracted drivers, as mentioned above...
 

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Thanks all - great discussion and useful tips, all duly noted.

In terms of self-care at the scene of the mishap, what might you predict?

I'm not thinking of plunging straws into my trachea to keep breathing, or anything Hollywoodian - just straight up you're on your bike whistling along one minute, and the next some car has side-swiped you, or cut across, or braked suddenly, whatever... and you swerve off at speed, or maybe brake but whack into the car, or lose balance and scrape along tarmac for a bit - what can be done during the time you wait for care to arrive, or if care is not quite required and you figure you can patch yourself up and keep going?

What would you need, what would you do?

Assuming ATGATT, of course.
 

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Cling film and petroleum jelly - and not just for party night.

petroleum jelly is good for sealing cuts, grazes and abrasions. Keeps germs/dirt out until it can be washed and carries the dirt away when washed.
Not sure if clingfilm is recommended but I was grateful of it to keep clothing and muck off gravel rash until it could be dealt with properly
Didn't know this - thanks.
 

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Nothing I love more than diversions! ;)

I can see how petroleum jelly / vaseline seals a scrape perfectly, but how do you wash it out afterwards? It's waterproof, or close to it - doesn't it just stick onto the wound?

I never would have thought of smearing it on just because I can imagine the pain of trying to remove it afterwards...

Does it dissolve in soapy water?
 

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prossett , pics of your assembled First-Aid Kit will be nice….

I followed Dave_J ‘s advice and got a used like new Mercedes Benz First Aid Kit for less than $10 … and it still has room for more stuff.
Yes, you're right - that would have served as a good starting point...

Here is my current pack, previously for kayaking, now thrown into the front right shelf of the Burgman - for "later" development.

Well, now is later :)
Plant Flower Fluid Flower Arranging Gas


Inside... sugary oaty snack, foil survival blanket, and Opinel 5 pocket knife, and "kayaking" first aid kit.
Luggage and bags Bag Material property Font Houseplant

Inside the kit: tweezers, small scissors, anti-hystemines, muscle fatigue pain killers, a spray-on disinfectant, a spray-on bandage, some gauze tape, 4mm/2.4" gauze roll length 6m/157" , 4x gauze swabs, and assorted plasters (mostly for hands, fingers from paddling).
Table White Plant Flowerpot Eyewear


Needs some development... plenty of room in the pouch.
 

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Thanks all - very useful discussion.

A quick re-cap so far. Considering adding:

- petroleum jelly (vaseline) and cling film - for covering skin scrape wounds, aka road rash

- trauma bandage, aka Israeli bandage - for managing heavy bleeding

- ACE bandage wrap - for immobilizing joint sprains, and general movement

- immodium tablets - for if I gets the runs...

In a separate bag, the day-camp bag, there are hygiene/convenience items, such as sunscreen, insect repellent, large bio-degradable wet wipes, etc. And with the riding gear I'll have a bandana and gloves, as well as riding boots, jacket, pants, and helmet. On my wrist will be an ID bracelet with contacts.

Also had another conclusion, which connects from an earlier discussion about communications: having the one cell phone with 2 SIM cards (one local for data, the other international for emergency calls) is not sufficient as it would be mounted to the handlbars, serving in daily use as navigator. In the event of a crash, it might be shattered or far away or easily pinched by curious bystanders who could quickly gather. That would leave me without comms (embassy, ambulance, activate family, etc.)

So, better have a secondary phone with the international SIM, on my person, in a shatterproof case - that way whatever happens to the main phone/navigator on the handlebars, there will always be this back-up phone for emergency calls.

Any other tips or pointers?
 

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Quack! :D

The lifestraw is a good suggestion, and worth adding to anyone's kit.

The reason I didn't jump on it is the environment I'll be riding through. Very arid, with no surface water, not even duck ponds. Dick ponds may be available, or so I've heard...

In most of the Middle East, to find water you need to dig down deep - and know where to dig. And have children you can tie a rope around their feet to lower them down to do the digging... So instead I'll be carrying 5L of water, on the scooter, in addition to my regular drinking bottles.

Actually, in a survival situation, you'd be best off trying to collect morning dew off shrubbery, so a large plastic sheet would be the way to go. Still, we're talking harvesting a few sips, not enough to live on.

However, given the real scarcity, shops and houses are always ready to offer drinking water to anyone. Some even set up chilled water dispensers outside their houses, so people can have a sip as they walk past. Every public building or mosque has water, too. And you can almost bet every car on a long trip will be carrying a few bottles, if not a spare gallon in the trunk. Truck drivers, certainly.

As long as the desalination plants keep working, all is good.
 

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Thank you - all are good points of advice and of great support as I consider the best way forward.

I think the best way in which I can express my gratitude is to make sure I post daily or as often as possible during the trip itself; so that, in a sense, just as you all have helped with the preparations, also you will join in the trip :cool: even if vicariously.

Much appreciation.
 
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