About the Importance of First Aid Kits

About the Importance of First Aid Kits
Whether on the trail, the road or out at sea, a first aid kit is essential gear. Immediate treatment of cuts and injuries prevents long-term complications. Treating the symptoms of illnesses can sustain you until you reach professional treatment.

Keep it Clean

Antiseptic cleaner or wipes clean dirt from cuts and scrapes. Applying pressure with clean cotton gauze (instead of clothing) will stop bleeding without adding harmful flecks of fabric or dyes.

Prevent Infection

Cuts should be treated with antibiotic cream such as Neosporin to keep bacteria out.

Cover Up

All first aid kits should have adhesive bandages for cuts and scrapes, moleskin for blisters and an ace bandage to wrap sprained or broken limbs.

Kill Pain

Ibuprofen such as Advil suppresses mild pain and reduces swelling. Also carry aspirin for fever and treatment of mild heart attacks.

Get it Out

Carry tweezers, needles or safety pins to extract splinters or ticks. Be sure to sterilize the tool with alcohol or a lighter.

Stay Comfortable

They might not be lifesavers, but Pepto-Bismol and an antihistamine lotion will keep possible stomach and skin issues from ruining your trip.

Article Written By Kelly Aspen

Kelly Aspen's writing focuses on natural places, cultural sites and wildlife. She has more than 10 years of experience as an editor and writer for various magazines, books and websites.

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