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Hypothermia first aid

Before my Maine trip last weekend, I asked for everyone's first aid essentials -- and thanks again for all your responses.

Here's some feedback. We used the bandaids and the duct tape (thanks Nick!). The duct tape also came in handy for securing flapping cartop carrier straps.

We also picked up a new hypothermia 'must' from a Maine outfitter. This outfitter's guides always travel with a couple of thermos flasks of hot water and packets of hot chocolate for hypothermia emergencies -- even though the guides must be able to get a capsized client out of the water in 90 seconds to qualify for this organization.