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