What should be in your essential bandaging kit?

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Depending on the reason for bandaging, you’ll need a couple of other materials other than the bandage itself in your kit.

Supergroom Alan Davies gives us a low down on what must-haves to include in your essential bandaging kit.

As a rule of thumb, a leg bandage should always consist of at least two layers (padding and bandage), with wound bandages requiring a third layer (wound dressing). 

Wound dressing

If a wound is present, the contact layer should be a wound dressing such as a sterile, non-adherent gauze pad.

When bandaging a wound also first ensure that the leg is clean and dry and that the wound has been thoroughly cleaned.


The middle layer consists of a soft, absorbent padding to cushion and protect the limb, and to evenly distribute pressure applied by the bandage. Roll cotton, sheet cotton, and combine cotton (also known as Gamgee) are excellent padding materials, as are cotton or quilted wraps, which can be washed and reused.


The outer layer consists of the bandage itself, which secures the other layers and provides compression. Bandages come in a variety of materials, including fleece, cotton, and polyester knit bandages with Velcro fasteners, as well as flexible cohesive bandages (Vet Wrap). 

Make sure the bandage is between four and six inches wide, as a narrower bandage can result in pressure points and constriction of the limb.


Apply the right tension – the bandage should be tight enough to stay in place but not so tight as to restrict blood flow.

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