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I have an anecdote for you! Hopefully this will serve as something of a cautionary tale.

I met up with my friend Kelly at karaoke for dinner and singing Friday night, and she had invited 2 of her friends. While we were eating, one of her friends managed to cut her toe.

You will remember that I am a preparedness-minded individual. I carry this bag- http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/68599 with me on the daily as kind of a hybrid purse/go bag loaded with possibly helpful items, including a mini survival kit, a small multitool, a flashlight, a Zippo, a mini pry-bar, pens, moist towelettes, a hobo tool, and earplugs, among other things. I affectionately refer to it as my zombie bag.

One of said items is a first aid kit that I made myself. It's small, fits in a waterproof bag that easily slides into a cargo pants pocket. When her friend cut her toe I naturally decided to offer assistance.

Out comes the zombie bag. Out comes the first aid kit. I start pulling things out, and as I'm doing this I watch my friend's eyes start to get wider and wider, because there's some decently effective things in there, most of whch would be considered overkill to people not into preparedness. Small containers of both iodine and hydrogen peroxide, alcohol swabs, a few tablets each of some common OTC meds, gauze, non-adherent pads, adherent pads in both medium and large, and actual bandages.

The one thing I didn't have? Actual Band-Aids.

Kelly's friends didn't laugh, but only because they'd just met me and were trying to be polite.

If you are a preparedness-minded individual, I highly recommend creating at least one of these kits; you'll be glad you did. Just don't forget the Band-Aids.
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