When your family is ready to embrace mountain biking in all its glory despite risk and consequences, a first aid kit is mandatory. It doesn’t matter if you’re out on paved trails with a tyke in a bike trailer or riding single track in the backcountry. You never know what will happen on the trails. Certainly, a well-stocked kit, like the MyMedic MyFAK (First Aid Kit), is a necessity.
A First Aid Kit For Mountain Bikers
The MyFAK comes in two different versions – basic and advanced. Certainly, this kit is a great choice for mountain biking families, NICA coaches, and hikers. We own the basic version, which includes items for repairing wounds, like liquid skin, gauze rolls, and bandages in various sizes. Additionally, it has a splint and a CPR shield.
We have had to use the kit to attend to a few small injuries since we received it during the summer. In addition to a couple of small cuts and abrasions on NICA team rides, the largest injury we used the kit for was a large cut on a rider’s shin. We happened upon a dad who was riding with his daughters in Park City and one of the women had a cut on her leg. Their small peel-and-stick bandages were not doing much to get pressure on the wound. To stop the bleeding, they ended up using a medium-sized gauze with tape from our MyFAK.
What You Get With The MyMedic MyFAK
This first aid kit for mountain bikers contents leave you prepared for many small injuries. Firstly, the MyFAK includes “specialty items” like a thermometer, shears, and a penknife. Secondly, it also boasts as topical items, such as lip balm, antibacterial ointment, and saline solution. Thirdly, this set includes the traditional band-aids, tape and gauze. Finally, it includes medication like over-the-counter painkillers, Benadryl, and even Pepto-Bismol. Importantly, there’s one interesting difference – a survival rescue blanket and a rescue whistle are also included. This means that should someone in your ride group end up getting separated from others while on the trail, there are a few things in this handy kit to help protect them until help arrives.
|1||Emergency Pressure Bandage | 4 in.|
|1||Emergency Pressure Bandage | 4 in.|
|2||Liquid Skin® | 5 gram|
|1||Secure Strips | 0.25 in. x 3 in. | 3 per pk.|
|2||Curad® Antibacterial Bandage | 2 in. x 4 in.|
|4||Curad® Antibacterial Bandages | 1 in. x 3.25 in.|
|2||Curad® Antibacterial Knuckle Bandage | 1.5 in. x 3 in.|
|2||Curad® Antibacterial Fingertip Bandage | 1.75 in. x 2 in.|
|2||Curad® Antibacterial Knee & Elbow Bandage | 3 in. x 3 in.|
|4||Gauze Pad | Sterile | 2 in. x 2 in.|
|2||Gauze Pad | Sterile | 4 in. x 4 in.|
|1||Gauze Roll | Conforming Stretch | 3 in. x 12.3 ft.|
|2||Burn Gel | 3.5ml|
|2||Pepto-Bismol® | Upset Stomach | Antacid|
|2||Tylenol® Extra Strength | Headache + Fever + Pain | 500 mg ×2|
|1||Benadryl® | Allergies | 25 mg ×2|
|3||Advil® | Pain + Fever + Inflammation | 200 mg ×2|
|1||Survival Rescue Blanket|
|1||Surgical Tape | Waterproof | 1 in. x 2.5 ft|
|1||EMT Shears | 7.25 in.|
|1||Thermometer | Digital|
|1||Tweezers | Stainless|
|2||Nitrile Gloves | Large | Black|
|1||Elastic Bandage | Velcro | 2" x 4.5 yds.|
|1||Splint | Finger | 1.75 in. x 3.75 in.|
|1||Triangular Bandage | Woven|
|2||Oral Pain Relief|
|2||Hydrocortisone Cream | Skin Irritations + Allergies|
|2||Sting & Bite Relief|
|2||BZK Towelette | Antiseptic|
|2||P.A.W.S.® | Hand Sanitizer|
|2||Alcohol Prep Pads | Large|
|2||SalJet Bullet | Sterile | 30 ml|
The MyMedic MyFAK Is Easy To Take With You
Surprisingly, the MyFAK First Aid Kit is small enough to fit inside of a hydration pack. It measures a compact 4 inches by 6.75 inches by 7.75 inches and weighs a little less than two and a half pounds.
There is no reason not to carry this extra-sturdy nylon (600 Denier nylon, for the record) kit around. For this purpose, it’s designed with handy D-rings so that it can be attached to a strap, as well as a useful handle. Undeniably tough, it’s also water-resistant. Another positive aspect – this pack comes in several different colors, so that you can match this first aid kit for mtb families to a bike.
Final Thoughts On The MyMedic MyFAK
Overall, the MyFAK First Aid Kit is extremely handy and includes many things that might be needed while on the trail. For this reason, it has just become habit to carry it with us when we ride. Because its contents are too important to leave behind. Given that its size and weight don’t interfere with our long trail rides. Finally – as the saying goes, it’s better to have a first aid kit like this and not need it, than it is to need it and not have it.