When it comes to riding motorcycles, whether that be dirt bikes, adventure bikes, Harleys, or any other type of bike we all know that the first principle is always safety. Even if that safety is not for yourself you might be riding in a group with your friends like you would on your dirt bike or an adventurous trail ride and you never know when a safety kit or first aid bag might come in handy.
While we usually ride with a tool bag we often neglect some of the core essentials that you would find in your typical everyday medical aid kit. You might even think that a simple bag of plasters and a roll of duct tape might be good enough but the reality is when an emergency strikes it’s always best to be prepared no matter what the situation is.
Throughout my days of riding I’ve run into numerous situations where somebody has injured themself in a non-life-threatening way, but I’ve even had an experience or two where we have had to airlift a fellow rider out of a dangerous situation.
I remember one specific incident where we were riding through the mine dumps which is full of soft yellow sand best ridden after heavy rain where you get maximum traction and peak enjoyment. On this particular day, we adventured deep into the dunes towards some of the very steep inclined hill climbs. Admittedly I’ve never actually made it to the top of one of these hills because they are so massive but some of the other guys in our group were a lot more skilled and eventually made their way to the top.
One particular rider in our group cruised his way up to the top of the climb until he reached the steepest part of the hill and ended up looping his bike in spectacular fashion sending his bike catapulting up into the air which eventually rolled its way down the hill. While the bike made it down relatively okay besides for a few scratches, bent handlebars, and a snapped brake lever, the rider wasn’t quite as fortunate.
During the entire spectacle, my buddy Marko actually flipped and did at least two backflips before landing awkwardly buckling his knees and tearing the ACL on both of his legs. Now your basic first aid kits won’t be able to do much in this situation but nonetheless, this is just a clear example of how fast things can go wrong, and it’s always best to prepare for the unexpected.
Simple injuries can happen even faster. On multiple occasions, guys have cut their fingers while working on their bikes accidentally sliced into the skin with a pair of side cutters while making adjustments to cables and wires on the bike. In this situation, all you really need is a good role of medical gauze to wrap the injury and a bit of duct tape to keep the gauze in place.
During another ride in the Rocky outback mountains, I remember being so exhausted after reaching halfway up the rocky climb that I decided to take a break, I pulled over and sat among the rocks while I waited for the rest of the group to catch up with me. While I was waiting with my buddy something you’d never expect happened.
While we were sitting there panting deeply trying to catch our breath we took off our helmets and lay them aside so that we could cool down. To enjoy the ride and capture some of the memories, we took a slow walk down the mountain with our phones and GoPros to capture some epic footage of our fellow riders. A few long minutes later when everybody had made their way to the top I walked back to my bike, grabbed my gloves, my neck brace, and my helmet to get ready to make my way to the end of the trail. After I put my gloves and my neck brace back on I reached for my helmet and upon reaching for my helmet and lifting it up, a bright green snake fell right out of my helmet.
To be perfectly honest I’m not entirely sure what kind of snake it was but nonetheless, I did s*** myself. I can only imagine what would have happened if I put that helmet on while the snake was still in it. I probably would have s*** myself twice. This is just another clear example of how something so unexpected could go so incredibly wrong. If that snake was venomous that could have been a serious life-threatening situation.
Now obviously most medical aid kits won’t once come with all different types of anti-venom and supplies that you could use in case of emergencies like snake bites, tick bites, or any other kind of wildlife attacks but being prepared for the unexpected is key. Things can go wrong and things do go wrong.
So when you looking to buy a medical aid kit for your dirt bike or for your adventure travels you really don’t need to go for one of those huge medical aid bags that you might expect an emergency professional to carry to a crime scene, but you should have at least got the basics to cover up any cuts or even just help brace a broken bone.
During another incident I was competing in the roof of Africa hard Enduro qualifying race, I had big intentions of making it right to the end and finishing well. To my complete disappointment, within the first 10km of the race completed I had a small oopsie.
To this day I’m still not exactly sure what happened, I’ve watched the GoPro footage over and over and it looks completely ridiculous. Needless to say, in this incredibly small little accident at slow speeds, I fell awkwardly with my hand outstretched and somehow managed to break the scaphoid bone in my right wrist. Obviously, I did not know this at the time, nor did I have any type of medical equipment other than a few trays of painkillers which came in very very handy.
I don’t recommend taking as many painkillers as I did especially when you’re out in the mountains on a dirt bike, but it certainly did help me get back to base camp. Ever since that day, a tray of strong painkillers has always been with me in my bum bag.
Most of the time it’s much easier just to buy a first aid kit or a medical bag, but there are few key items that you should always make sure that you carry with you at all times.
Essential list of medical supplies:
- Medical scissors
- Burn ointment
- Sting ointments
- Roll of duct tape
- Small strong splint
- Space blanket
- Alcohol swabs
- Water filter
Most of these items will already be included in a medical bag set but if they’re not, it’s no big deal just to pick up a few loose ends and throw them into your bum bag.
If creating your own medical aid kit from scratch is not something you’d like to do and you would like to save yourself the hassle by just getting a hold of already made medical aid kits which I strongly suggest, here is my list of go-to medical aid bags for motorcycle riders dirt bikers and adventure riders.
TOUROAM TACTICAL EMERGENCY FIRST AID KIT
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This is a really neat military-grade medical aid kit for motorcycle riders that comes complete with 39 different pieces of medical equipment that could come in handy in a wide range of situations.
The bag itself is created from really tough nylon which is waterproof. It has a double zipper and folds out into three different sections making it super easy and quick to find any type of equipment that you’re looking for.
This bag is also completely detachable with rip away velcro straps. This means that you can actually attach this directly to your bum bag or to your hydration bag or to any other parts of your body or bike without worrying about getting caught on any branches or annoying catch points that could otherwise cause a bit of a tricky situation. The bag also has a 90-day warranty no questions asked so if you’re not happy with what you get you can always return it.
Taking a look inside the bag you’ll find a whole range of really important medical equipment. From Israeli bandages to splint rolls, emergency tourniquets to prevent any blood loss. You even get a space blanket in case you get lost out in the mountains during a cold night (this has happened to me).
You’ll also get a pair of trauma scissors that will cut through your riding pants or jacket. An emergency whistle in case you get lost in the mountains and you get adhesive bandages, a face-to-face shield, alcohol pads that would be very useful for cleaning out any type of cut and stings.
The TOURAM brand is well-known for their first aid kits and survival kits. The range features medical kits that have 12 pieces, 39 pieces, 53 pieces, 99 pieces, 139 pieces, and even 282 pieces. While a 282 piece medical bag will probably be a little bit cumbersome for dirt biking, the 39 piece tactical first aid kits should have all the gear you would need in case of an emergency.
SURVIVEWARE SMALL FIRST AID KIT
This Surviveware small first aid kit is ideal for any motorcyclist that does not have a lot of space to store an emergency bag. The kits really small with measurements of 5.5×7.5×3.5 inches which makes it ideal for anybody that’s riding dirt bikes, adventure bikes or even for your road commuters.
If space is still a concern, rest assured this bag also features the straps and snaps that are detachable and can be fixed to your person, to your CamelBak, your chest protector, your number board, besides your sissy bars, your backrest or any other place on your motorcycle. There really is no excuse to not carry one of these.
What’s incredible is that there are over 3000 five-star reviews on Amazon. This pretty much means that a sh*tload of people are using this medical bag and there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be using it too.
Packed into this little sucker are 100 essential supplies for any type of off-road expeditions that you might find yourself doing, not just riding bikes. The bag is waterproof with 600D polyester material and the inner liner is also protected from water damage with its laminated pouches.
The inner sleeves of this bag are also very neatly organized which is very important in survival situations where there’s no time to be looking and digging through a bag for one particular piece of gear that could potentially save a finger or even a life.
This bag is approved by both the FSA and HSA as a survival first aid kit so you know if you’re buying this you’re buying quality.
It’s incredible that this bag weighs in at less than 1 lb and packs so much medical equipment. Inside you’ll find a set of six 6-in adhesive bandages,s butterfly closures, a whole range of different types of gauze and swabs, a CPR pad completes with instructions, a range of bandages, a space blanket, nitrile gloves, safety pins, splinters, triangular bandage, tweezers, a whistle, and a few other odds and ends.
As with the previous bag, a really handy feature is the advanced molle snap system which basically means that you can strap this bag to any parts of your person or your riding gear.
SWISS SAFE 200 PROFESSOINAL PIECE FIRST AID KIT
The Swiss Safe 200 piece first aid kit is really more of a complete survival bag than a basic medical aid kit. It’s slightly larger in dimensions and slightly heavier than the previous bags but it also comes complete with a lot more safety equipment.
This medical kit is more tailored to adventure riders that intend to spend time out in the wild camping along the rivers or hiking in the mountains. It comes complete with a fire starting rod, a wire saw, fishing line, and a mylar blanket for those rough and cold nights out in nature.
With 200 pieces of medical equipment, you’re guaranteed to have something that could help in just about every single survival situation.
The set comes in dimensions of 7.5 x 2.5 x5 inches and weighs in a 12.1 Oz. So it’s not the smallest but it’s certainly got the most packed into it.
PRICARE MINI FIRST AID KIT
The Pricare Mini First Aid Kit is ideal for any motorcycle rider that has limited space and storage. This makes the Pricare first aid kit ideal for dirt bikers and trail riders where backpacks and other carry on storage bags are often not used or very limited. This bag has a total dimensions of 6.2×4.4×2.1 in and weighs only half a pound.
The bag is made of waterproof material so there should be no worries about getting through any river crossings. It also complies with international medical certifications and standards which means that you are getting a high-quality medical aid kit.
Inside this bag you’ll find just about everything that you’ll need. It comes complete with 95 different pieces of medical equipment like adhesive bandages which come in a variety of different sizes – a total of 35 different adhesive bandages. A bunch of different types of circular, triangular and knee bandages, sterile gauze, medical scissors, tweezers, tape, safety pins, cotton swabs, alcohol pads, burn cream, sting relief, gloves, and even a whistle.
Even with this bag being so small and compact, there is still space to include some of your own medical and emergency gear like a lighter, fishing wire, and even a wire saw and a space blanket.
All in all, this Pricare first aid kit comes complete with everything that you might need in case of an emergency while out riding motorbikes with your friends or even alone.
For many guys out there I’m sure we’ve heard it over and over and over and over again, safety is always a primary concern and should always be considered when riding motorbikes.
I know every single time I go out to ride my dirt bike my mother tells me to ride safely, don’t be silly, and ride smart. But in all honesty, I’ve actually only recently started riding with a medical aid kit which is something I should have done a long time ago. The small medical aid kits are compact and easily fit inside either my bum bag or my CamelBak so there really is no reason not to ride with one. Thankfully it hasn’t come in too handy other than a few plasters and pieces of gauze, hopefully, it stays that way.