First off, thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and to Andy from Pale Spruce for supplying these awesome kits to have this contest. I’ve gotta say, we have enjoyed reading through all the comments and it was hard to pick just one for the grand prize…
But before we announce the winners, I would like to say again that a First Aid Kit (AKA: FAK) is a very important part of any backpacker’s (or outdoorsman’s) set-up. There are a number of reasons why, but here are some of the reasons from the comment’s listed on the initial giveaway post:
- Rolled ankle
- Broken collar bones
- Bike wrecks
- Cuts, scrapes & bruises
- Stuck with fish hooks
- Ripped off toenails
- Bee stings
- Chainsaw and/or axe injuries
- Sea urchin spines stuck in hands
So, as can be seen, there is a wide range of things that can go wrong, and having a FAK is the first step in dealing with these accidents. As far as what exactly to take in your FAK is a personal thing, but here is a list of things also mentioned in the comments to help deal with some of the above injuries:
- Antibiotic cream
- Duct tape
- Athletic tape
- Tylenol PM
- Ear plugs
- Burn cream
In addition to having a FAK, there are 3 very important things to remember:
- Restock your FAK as needed. I have come to simply restock my FAK once I get back home from a trip when my memory is still fresh as far as what items I used out of the kit, and also so that I know it’s ready to go for the next trip (however, this does not stop me from looking it over before leaving for the next trip either…)
- Keep your FAK organized. If pieces are here and there, it will make it hard to track down an item when you (or others) may need it. I have to small 4 x 5 inch Loksaks, one with all of my FAK items and the other with my survival/repair items. Both of these Loksaks are kept together, always, and the contents inside are easy to get to.
- Keep your FAK readily available. When the need arises, you don’t want to have to dig to the bottom of your pack to look for it.
So, anyway, time to get on with the winners…
After reading through all of the comments, we decided that the winner of the StayOutThere Kit (with the additional Survival Kit) is Don Milligan. Here is the comment that Don posted:
A few years ago my son Logan and I were fishing, day hiking from a base camp on Tonto creek in Northern Arizona, the site has recently (2012) been closed to campers due to repeated bear attacks.
After having our fun for two days & nights as usual we had to return back home to Phoenix and started to break down the camp and pack-up for the drive back.
As we were finishing up we both took out some Dr Pepper’s and sat down for a break and chat with a group of retired women that were out testing their brand new self contained RV that was parked right next to us, you see while we were out hiking and fishing we gathered some wild berries for the ladies and they became instant friends with us and wanted to share their food with us.
After awhile all of this female attention was getting a bit much so we exchange a knowing glance and said at the same time “lets get the heck outta here”.
While we scramble to get the last bit of gear into the car we left our soda’s unattended a that was our mistake. My son grabbed his soda took a big swig and let out a holler, what we didn’t realize it that bees had flown into our sodas, he was stung right smack in the middle of his tongue and instantly it started to swell so I broke out my trusty med kit to save the day with some antihistamines as I know the epinephrine part of it helps the symptoms and since it was on his tongue I was worried his throat would close.
Problem: My med kit didn’t have any antihistamines as we had used it before for allergies and I didn’t restock.
Good thing we had been nice to the ladies next door to use they had been watching the whole time out of their humungous RV window and came to the rescue, and before I could get to town his symptoms were gone.
Moral of the story, carry a kit, restock it and be very nice to your neighbors.
For the second place winner we entered all the rest of the names into a cook pot and my daughter drew out a name. So, the second place prize of the GetOutThere Kit goes to Steven Jarvis (and his “magic bandaids”).
BUT, Andy has also decided that he will offer a 25% discount towards the purchase of any of his safety kits in which he sales on his site, Pale Spruce. To get the discount, simply add any kit to your check out cart and then enter “STICK” into the coupon code box. This coupon will be valid until the end of January!
So, thanks again to everyone and congrats to the winners. I will try to contact both of you to request your shipping address and try to get these out in the mail either tomorrow or Monday (depending on when I get your addresses).
Thanks again everyone!
Disclaimer: The safety kits which were given away in this contest was provided to me free of charge by Andy from Pale Spruce.