Backcountry First Aid
Posted: 7/5/2018 to jprussack @ instructables.com
The Goal. Show how to build the lightest, highest value first aid kit that isn't a burden to carry.
Cost. Most materials are easily found at a dollar store or can be gathered in a short period. Expected cost is <$5.
Time. Only the time to gather materials.
Creativity. You can get more creative in how you gather these items. Everyone should consult a physician before taking medication. The riskiest element I added to my kit is a prescription pain killer. Also good to have for a extended travel are general antibiotics.
Posted: 7/23/2018 to jprussack @ instructables.com
The Goal. Take an item I always carry when traveling -the pillow - and make it even more useful.
Cost. No hard cost. A few materials that were in surplus... conference lanyards, threat, a pillowcase from hosting on airbnb.
Time. The modifications took about an hour. I had pulled the sewing machine out to create my lightweight pack a few days earlier and enjoyed the chance to start another project.
Creativity. Sewing has always come natural to me. Doesn't hurt that I have a mother who taught us to sew before starting elementary school. The real art of this project is finding simple ways to make such a versatile item more useful. It would be easy to simply tie a knot around each corner of the pillow case.. this makes things simpler so that I'll actually put the case to use.
Posted: 7/16/2018 to jprussack @ instructables.com
The Goal. Create a lightweight pack comparable to the Sea2Summit model I've been unwilling to purchase since finding it on the trail in 2014. The Sea2Summit pack costs less than $40.
Cost. Typically I would start with a found or thrift pack but this item was a birthday present from Jess and cost $16 at Aldi.
Time. The modifications took about 2 hours. I was excited to have a reason to use the sewing machine and hadn't in nearly 3 years.
Creativity. Sewing has always come natural to me. Doesn't hurt that I have a mother who taught us to sew before starting elementary school. The real art of this project was finding ways to use the limited materials and reinforce the existing structure of this lightweight pack.