Check List for First Aid
One hot-water bag, good for all pains and aches,
and a comfort when one is chilly.
One package pure ginger pulverized or ground, to
make hot ginger tea in case of chill, pains in the
bowels, or when you have met with an accidental
ducking or are wet through to the skin by rain.
Never mind if the tea does burn, ginger always
stings when helping one. Be a good sport, take
One box of charcoal tablets for dyspepsia or
One package bicarbonate of soda (baking-soda);
good for burns, sprinkle well with soda, see that
the burn is completely covered, then cover lightly
with cloth, and do not disturb it for a long time.
One bottle of ammonia well corked. Tie the cork
down firmly in the bottle (Fig. 32); a flannel
case or raffia covering will protect the glass
from breakage. Good to smell in case of faintness,
but care must be taken _not_ to hold it _too near_
the _nose_, as the ammonia might injure the
delicate membranes, as would also smelling-salts.
Safer to move the bottle or cloth wet with ammonia
slowly back and forth near the nose. Good also for
One roll of adhesive plaster. Cut into lengths for
holding covered ointment or poultice in place, the
strips criss-cross over the poultice, but are not
attached, the ends only are pressed on the bare
skin to which they firmly adhere.
Two rolls of 2-1/2 or 3 inch wide surgeon bandages
(not gauze) for general use where bandages are
One small package of absorbent cotton.
Two mustard plasters, purchased at drug store;
good for stomachache.
One package of powdered licorice to use as a
laxative. Dissolve a little licorice in water and
drink it. To keep the bowels open means to ward
off a host of evils. It is even more essential
that the inside of the body be kept clean than it
is to have the outside clean. To this end make a
practise of drinking a great deal of pure water;
drink it before breakfast, between meals (not at
meals), and before retiring. If you do this, you
will probably not need other laxative, especially
if you eat fruit either fresh or stewed. Fruit
should form part of every day's fare. _Keep your
One tube of Carron oil, to use for burns or
One small bottle of camphor, for headaches.
One small bag of salt--good dissolved in water, 1
teaspoonful to 1 pint of water, for bathing tired
or inflamed eyes, often effects a cure. Good for
bathing affected spots of ivy poison, good for
sore-throat gargle, also for nosebleed; snuff,
then plug nose. Good for brushing teeth. For all
these dissolve salt in water in proportion as
One white muslin 24-inch triangular bandage, for
arm sling or chest, jaw, and head bandage. A man's
large-sized white handkerchief can be used; never
bind broken skin with colored cloth.
One bottle of fly dope, warranted to keep off
pestiferous flies and mosquitoes. All these may be
kept in one-half of a linen case of pockets, your
toilet articles in the other half, and the case
can be opened out and hung to the side of your
tent or shelter.