The Guide I's array of different contents are contained within the carry case. The carry case is bright blue in color and features reflective piping for higher visibility in low-light conditions.
The zippers are the sealed type to minimize water ingress and possible contamination of the contents.
The Guide I 's carry case is subdivided into five major subcompartments: Tools, Essentials, Personal Protection, Medications, and Trauma.
The Guide I's outer compartment includes the more commonly used subcompartments (Tools and Essentials). The exterior of the carry case is labeled to this effect.
The Tools and Essentials items are contained separately from the primary compartment by design. This design helps to maintain the integrity of the primary compartment (which contains the Trauma, Medications, and Personal Protection items) after repeated use and to protect those items against contamination or inadvertent loss. This is a very thoughtful design, because it is the Tools and Essentials that will be used the most frequently. For example, the Essentials subcompartment contains many commonly used items such as antiseptic toilettes, sunblock, Moleskin, Spenco 2nd Skin, and so on. In this fashion, the Trauma and Medication items are left inside the bag where they will remain cleaner.
When accessing the primary compartment's contents, the carry case may be flipped inside out for for easier access to the Personal Protection, Medications, and Trauma items.
The bottom of the primary compartment also features elastic loops for customizing the Guide I.
The elastic loops differ in size to secure items of different size. The large loops will easily secure a small bottle of contact lens solution.
The small loops are very suitable for holding items like this Pelican Products VB3 LED Utility Light and SureFire 3P Utility Light, both essential items for every first aid kit. The Pelican VB3 may be clipped to a shirt or jacket pocket, as well as to the brim of a hat for hands-free illumination of patients and work areas. The SureFire 3P emits a very powerful beam of light that could be useful removing ticks or splinters. Both utility lights are powered by lithium batteries, which have a 10-year shelf life and do not self-discharge or leak like standard alkaline batteries.
Also very suitable for first aid kit use is the Black Diamond Ion Headlamp. This all-LED headlamp is so light and small that it can go anywhere and there is never a reason not to leave it in the Guide I. Like the Pelican VB3 and SureFire 3P, the Ion is powered by a lithium battery, so you can count on it to work when you need it, even after prolonged storage.
These are but some of the customizations possible with the Guide I and are not intended to be comprehensive. Each user will customize his own Guide I to his own needs.
The Guide I 's carry case is subdivided into five major subcompartments: Tools, Essentials, Personal Protection, Medications, and Trauma. The contents of each subcompartment are sorted by type so that they are easier to find in an emergency. Each sub compartment is color coded and labeled for quick identification and easy access. The particular contents of each subcompartment are listed below.
The Tools subcompartment contains the following implements:
- Digital Thermometer
- EMT Shears
- Splinter Picker Forceps
- Scalpel with four (4) #11 Sterile Blades
- Mayo-Hager Needle Holder, 5" Size
- Three (3) Safety Pins
- 20cc Irrigation Syringe
The contents of the Tools subcompartment are easily viewed through the clear plastic walls.
Items for sterile applications are packaged in sterile packaging.
Also included in the Tools subcompartment are a supply of easy-break tabs. These tabs may be affixed to the zippers of the Guide I's compartments and subcompartments to give the user notice that a particular compartment or subcompartment has been opened and may have been used, and therefore needs to be checked for cleaning and restocking. The easy-break tabs may be broken easily without tools during an emergency.
The Essentials subcompartment contains the following items:
- A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine (3rd ed.) by Eric A. Weiss, M.D.
- Three (3) Patient Assessment Forms
- Three (3) Moleskin
- Three (3) Molefoam
- Two (2) Nitrile Examination Gloves
- Eight (8) Antibiotic Ointment
- 30 SPF Sunscreen 30 SPF, 1oz. Tube
- Zinc Oxide Sunblock, 1oz. Tube
- Antimicrobial Hand Wipes
- Infectious Control Bag
- Twelve (12) Antiseptic Towelettes
- Four (4) Spenco 2nd Skin
- Four (4) Non-woven Adhesive Knits
- Eight (8) Non-Adherent Sterile Dressings
- Ten (10) 4x4 Non-Sterile Dressings
- Ten (10) Wound Closure Strips
- Tincture of Benzoin
- Twenty (20) Strip & Knuckle Bandages
As with the contents of the Tools subcompartment, the contents of the Essentials subcompartment are easily viewed through the clear plastic walls.
All items for sterile applications are packaged in sterile packaging. Also held in the Essentials subcompartment are:
Study A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine when you receive your Guide I. Remember that the first rule of medicine is "First, do no harm". The Guide I's contents are designed for outdoor professionals with Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) certification, and contains many advanced implements. If you do not know how to use the advanced implements, don't. However, the implements do not take much space and are there in case somebody in your group is qualified to use them or you eventually receive the proper training on how to use them. Studying A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine is not a substitute for proper first aid training, but it is a good step in the right direction and you should study it when you receive your Guide I.
The Personal Protection subcompartment contains the following items:
- Laerdal Pocket Mask
- Eight (8) Nitrile Examination Gloves
- Four (4) Antimicrobial Hand Wipes
- Two (2) Infectious Control Bags
The contents of the Personal Protection subcompartment are easily viewed through the clear plastic walls.
Always protect yourself when administering first aid. This is especially true when administering first aid on persons whom you don't know.
The Medications subcompartment contains the following items:
- Tender's After Burn Aloe
- Two (2) Oral Rehydration Mix
- Twenty (20) Acetaminophen 500mg
- Twenty-four (24) Ibuprofen 200mg
- Twenty (20) Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25mg)
- Twenty (20) Aspirin(325mg)
- Ten (10) Cold Medicine
- Fourteen (14) Diotame (Bismuth sulfate)
- Fourteen (14) Alamag Antacid
- Ten (1) Diamode (Immodium)
- Eye Wash
- Glutose Paste
- Cavit Dental Filling
- Four (4) Pill Vials
- Six (6) After Bite Sting Relief
- Two (2) Povidone Iodine Solution
The Medications subcompartment is situated beside the Personal Protection subcompartment and shares the the same design, with transparent walls to make the contents within easily visible.
The transparent walls plus the yellow cover with "MEDICATIONS" in bold lettering let the user find the proper medications easily during an emergency.
If desired, the Guide I's carry case may be flipped inside out for for easier access to the Personal Protection and Medications subcompartments' contents.
The Trauma subcompartment contains the following items:
- SAM Splint
- Two (2) 8x10 and/or 5x9 Trauma Pads
- 2" Elastic Bandage with Velcro
- 3" Elastic Bandage with Velcro
- Ten (10) 4x4 Non-Sterile Dressings
- Four (4) Non-Adherent Sterile Dressing
- Four (4) Conforming Gauze bandage (3")
- Two (2) Triangular Bandages
- 1" Adhesive tape 10 Yards
- 2" Adhesive tape 10 Yards
The Trauma subcompartment features red color coding to designate that it is to be used for the most serious applications.
The Trauma subcompartment is further subdivided into compartments to keep the contents organized better.
Like all of the other subcompartments, the Trauma subcompartment features clear plastic walls to reveal the contents within and making finding particular items easier.
If desired, the Guide I's carry case may be flipped inside out for for easier access to the Trauma subcompartment's contents.
No first aid kit, no matter how extensive, comes complete with everything. The best first aid kits have been customized to the user's particular requirements and applications. However, two items we highly recommend for every Guide I are the Black Diamond Ion Headlamp and Pelican Products VB3 LED Utility Light. Both are essential items for every first aid kit. The Ion may be strapped to a head, hat, or helmet. The VB3 may be clipped to a shirt or jacket pocket, as well as to the brim of a hat. Both utility lights offer hands-free illumination of patients and work areas, and both are powered by lithium batteries, which have a 10-year shelf life and do not self-discharge or leak like standard alkaline batteries. Even after prolonged storage inside the Guide I without use, they will work when you need them.
Also highly recommended for the Guide I is a Benchmade Rescue Hook. On the left is the Model 5 Rescue Hook; on the right is the Model 6 H2O rescue Hook. The differences between the two Rescue Hooks are size and color. The Model 6 H2O Rescue Hook is larger and features a high-visibility insert in case the tool is dropped underwater or in poor lighting conditions.
Though the Guide I's carry case and packaging of its contents are designed to minimize water and dirt contamination, the Guide I should be kept as clean and dry as possible. We recommend storing and transporting your Guide I inside a Pelican Protector Case.