Bring Your First Aid Kit When Heading Out For A Hike
Exploring the great outdoors is a favorite pastime for many people around the world. Unfortunately, many of those who decide to go trekking forget to prepare properly. Whether hiking alone or with a group, there is always a chance of getting lost or injured while out in nature. One misstep can lead to a sprained ankle, and one wrong turn can lead to separation from the group. Even a chance encounter with a wild animal can quickly turn into an emergency situation. This is why it’s vital that everyone to carry at least a basic First Aid Kit.
Our First Aid Kit contains the following items, also recommended by the CDC
- A plaster of different shapes and sizes
- Medium, large and small gauge sterilized gauze dressings
- Crepe rolled or triangular bandages
- Safety pins
- A digital thermometer
- Non-alcoholic cleansing wipes
- Spray or cream used to relieve stings and bites
- Antiseptic cream
- Painkillers such as ibuprofen or aspirin
- Sticky tape
- Disposable sterilized gloves
- Information cards or first aid manual
- Antibacterial ointment
You need to take good care of your first aid kit just like with the other hiking gear
Bringing an incomplete kit is as bad as forgetting to carry one at all. After each hike, you need to restore your first aid kit properly before you embark on the next trip.
That said, several things need to be considered when purchasing a first aid kit for hiking and outdoor activities. One of the most important things to look at is the kind of hiking you want to do and the current climate. Another crucial consideration is your ability to actually use all the items in the first aid kit. If you don’t know how to use the kit, then you may be required to enroll for a basic first aid course. Even the complete personal first aid kit can be rendered useless if you don’t have the skills to offer first aid services.
Puncture wounds, scrapes, and cuts are some of the common hiking injuries that most people experience on the trail. Basically, these may seem like minor injuries but if left unattended can lead to life-threatening diseases or sepsis. The first thing you need to do when a wound occurs is to stop any bleeding taking place. You do this by applying direct pressure on it using hand gloves.
A dry, cool location is the best storage environment for your First Aid Kit
Make sure it is easily accessible in your suitcase/backpack and that everyone you are traveling with knows where the first aid kit is located. Before embarking on your travel journey, check the contents of your kit to ensure creams are in date, bandages are properly sealed and the torch is working with spare batteries. If an item is used from your First Aid Kit, don’t forget to promptly replace it.
Safety should be your first concern when heading out for hiking adventure. Having a properly stocked first aid kit will help to treat minor injuries while making your hiking adventure successful. The kit makes your outdoor activity worry-free and fun.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used in place of advice from qualified health professionals.