In Meduno, Italy in May 2012 at the first leg of the British Nationals, a few female pilots were discussing this, having a bit of a laugh and a comparison of the various things each of us would not fly without. Other pilots joined in the discussion and it soon became apparent that three of us were the only pilots in the competition to have any kind of safety kit whatsoever. On numerous occasions I have had the pleasure of being able to help fellow pilots either at a comp., on launch or after landing using some of the things I carry. But as I may not be there on the day you fly ;-) , best you start thinking about it yourself.
In one of my previous BLOGS entitled "My Competition Equipment", in the photograph showing all my gear, you can see in the middle some of my first aid kit. Over my 5 years of paragliding, where the majority of that time has and is spent fly mountain terrain and mostly alone, I think I've just about got this little First Aid kit "nailed".
And since Guy Anderson's recent ordeal, I've even added a few additional items: a foldable rubber recipient (to collect water if I run out), a clothes peg (not sure why but thought it may be a useful item), and a teaspoon (in case I need to dig!).
At this point, I think it is important for me to detail exactly what my kit contains; it could help you or other pilots decide on what you want to put in yours.
1 x foil blanket
1 x foldable rubber tupperware type recipient
1 x sachet of 2 self-activated handwarmers (lasts up to 7hrs)
1 x sachet Lemsip for colds
1 x self-adhesive elasticated bandage
1 x regular bandage
1 x sachet disinfectant handtowel
1 x roll tape
3 x plasters
2 x sterilised swabs
(2 carabiners (I've taken these out as you can use the ones on your glider. I carried these spare following a tandem pilot on take-off who couldn't launch for lack of them!)
1 x wooden clothes peg
1 x teaspoon
4 x small metal links
1 x sewing kit
1 x multi-tool
1 x pair scissors
1 x wind-up LED flashlight
Length of cord
1 x gas lighter
1 x battery (for the SPOT)
Food (as bare minimum I always at least have a high protein fruit strip)
SPOT device and smoke flare
The only item I would also add but one which I havent yet got, is a plexi reflective mirror.
SO, all the above items (apart from the Flare and SPOT) fit into this little blue nylon bag (the pen is for scale purposes but I always have one in my flight deck anyway) and once packed away, it looks like this: Amazing!
It measures 16x11x4cm.
It weighs 665grams.
It could save your life.
REMEMBER: ballast up with a First Aid and Emergency Kit, first. PLEASE!