Sherpa Tip: Equine Vet Wrap in First Aid Kits

by Todd Walker

Sherpa Tip: Equine Vet Wrap in First Aid Kits

I first discovered this flexible, self-adhesive bandage as a handle wrap for my sledge hammers 4 years ago. I needed grips for the handle to do a workout called Shovelglove. If you’ve never tried swinging a stick with a 12 pound hunk of metal on the end for 20 minutes, it will have your entire body begging for mercy!

Sherpa's Quick Survival Tip: Equine Vet Wrap

A six and 12 pound Shovelglove tool

We keep Co-Flex in our medical supplies even though we don’t own horses. On a recent tick bite to my upper buttocks – they seem to find the most inaccessible spots for attachment – I applied my usual plantain spit poultice with a band-aid 3 times daily. The problem with this is that the adhesive from the band-aid irritates my skin. And no, I don’t have a hairy butt! That’s probably too much information right there.

Sherpa Tip: Equine Vet Wrap in First Aid Kits

First Aid items in my bushcraft kit

For those with sensitive skin or you’re covered in Cro-Magnon body hair, this tape is the ticket! A non-latex version is available as well.

Tape with Benefits


Co-Flex functions like an Ace bandage without the metal clips, velcro, or safety pins. I applied plantain to the bite with a small gauze pad and secured it with two wraps around my hips. *No Pics to Document* You’ll have to take my word on this one. The bandage did roll at my waist while bending but held the pad in place for most of the day.


It performs well on body parts that don’t bend. But the flexibility allows you to wrap an elbow or wrist to hold a bandage securely. You can apply enough compression without constricting the limb.

Sweat and Water Resistant

It won’t turn loose fording a river or while sweating profusely in a sprint to escape zombies. This alone is reason enough to stock up.

Abrasion Resistant

Adds a layer of protection for wounds. It’s durable stuff!

Trading Theory for Action

FYI: If you store a roll in your first aid kit, you’ll need to find a way to prevent compression. I had a roll of camouflaged Co-Flex in my bushcraft kit that had been smashed, compacted, and abused. I needed it to wrap up my tick bite poultice. I tried to find the end to peel but it had turned into a solid lump of tape. Even slicing through to the next layer to start the roll yielded no results.

Sherpa Tip: Equine Vet Wrap in First Aid Kits

I split through the continuous mass to the cardboard core. Aha! This could be repurposed for fishing bobbers (floats), an improvised pillow for someone with a tiny head, elastic cordage, etc., etc.

Got any other ideas on using this multi-purpose kit item?

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8 thoughts on “Sherpa Tip: Equine Vet Wrap in First Aid Kits

  1. Brian

    I would like ti no contents of first aid kit and more about ” plantain spit poultice ” ?


  2. Britt

    I was an athlete and have been using the “self-grip athletic tape” for years. Could you tell me what the difference is between this and the equine stuff?


    • Sorry, I’m not familiar with that athletic tape. I taped many ankles back in my coaching days but with the sticky stuff. Does the self-grip athletic tape work well for supporting joints?


      • Britt

        It works about as well as an ace-bandage, not as well as plain tape. It’s also an excellent substitute for guaze rolls, just use a guaze pad and wrap with this. Especially for children, they are so squirmy nothing stays on well. You’ve seen the stuff if you’ve had blood drawn recently, it’s the colored stuff they wrap around your elbow after covering the needle prick with a cotton ball.


      • Oh yeah. Know what you’re talking about now. They used it for my wife’s chemo treatments. Thanks for the info!


  3. Mike Forbes

    I compress all my vet wrap to save space. Before vacuum packing, I place wax paper under the end and fold it back on the roll, then pack


    • Great tip, Mike! I think the problem with the camo roll pictured in the post was that it was not only compresses but old and exposed to summer heat too many times. I’ll pass your tip on to folks.


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