Accidents happen

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Destination / Outdoors

Hunting / Sailing / Fishing / Hiking / Birding

December 08, 2005|By CANDUS THOMSON

Have a safe holiday, and the rest of the year, too.

But if you happen to run afoul of something sharp or if you lose a battle with gravity, be ready to doctor that cut or bump with a first-aid kit.

Red Cross kits, made by Johnson & Johnson, come in three sizes, depending on the type of travel and activity you pursue. The "Safe Travels" kit ($9) contains 40 items and easily fits under the front seat of the car or in the glove box. A mini-kit ($3.99) slips in a bike bag or tackle box. The "Ready Organized" kit ($15.99) handles more serious bumps and lumps.

The kits are available at drugstores and supermarkets.

For the more serious outdoorsmen and women, Adventure Medical has a series of kits to handle everything from the mundane to pre-emergency room emergencies. The "Weekender" ($59) is a good choice for the family, while the "Paddler" kit ($59) adds a few survival items to the medical supplies and seals the whole thing in a clear waterproof dry bag. The "Pocket Medic" ($7) a 3-inch by 4-inch waterproof pouch, is perfect for a fishing vest or fanny pack.

Adventure Medical kits are sold online or at major outdoor retailers such as REI or Eastern Mountain Sports.

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