How to Explore the Outdoors With a First Aid Kit for Hiking

How to Explore the Outdoors With a First Aid Kit for Hiking
Nobody plans to have an accident when out hiking, but in the great outdoors anything can happen. Having a wilderness first-aid kit with you is the first step toward keeping yourself safe. Don't forget to pack your common sense, too. Your brain is the most important survival and first-aid tool you have; it will help keep you out of trouble in the first place and resolve trouble should it arise.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • First-aid kit that should include items such as:  Sterile gauze pads  Band-Aids (Include a couple large-sized Band-Aids)  Roll of athletic tape  Wrapped sanitary napkin (for nose bleeds, or to clean up blood from wounds)  Small bottle of tincture of benzoin (for cleansing wounds)  Tube of Neosporin or Providone-iodine ointment (to dress wounds)  Piece of moleskin (4" x 4" for blisters)  Elastic wrap (4-6" wide)  2 Safety pins  10 Pain killers (aspirin or ibuprofen)  8 Antihistamine tablets  5 Antacid tablets  Any special medicine you need to carry  Pair of scissors and tweezers (scissors and tweezers are also available on Swiss Army knifes)  Rubber gloves Make sure the first aid kit is in a water-proof, compact container.
  • First-aid kit that should include items such as:
  •  Sterile gauze pads
  •  Band-Aids (Include a couple large-sized Band-Aids)
  •  Roll of athletic tape
  •  Wrapped sanitary napkin (for nose bleeds, or to clean up blood from wounds)
  •  Small bottle of tincture of benzoin (for cleansing wounds)
  •  Tube of Neosporin or Providone-iodine ointment (to dress wounds)
  •  Piece of moleskin (4" x 4" for blisters)
  •  Elastic wrap (4-6" wide)
  •  2 Safety pins
  •  10 Pain killers (aspirin or ibuprofen)
  •  8 Antihistamine tablets
  •  5 Antacid tablets
  •  Any special medicine you need to carry
  •  Pair of scissors and tweezers (scissors and tweezers are also available on Swiss Army knifes)
  •  Rubber gloves
  • Make sure the first aid kit is in a water-proof, compact container.
Step 1
Make sure your standard first-aid kit is complete and in your pack. It won't do you any good if you've left it at home or brought only part of it. Do a quick check to make sure there are no expired ointments or medications that need to be replaced.
Step 2
Take a minute to consider any special items you might require on this trip that aren't already in your first-aid kit. For example if you're traveling in an area known to be inhabited by snakes, you might wish to carry a snakebite extractor. If you're traveling in an area that tends to have extreme heat, you might want to carry cold packs for use in treating heat exhaustion or stroke. This should be part of the list-making process during initial trip planning, or at least the night before you go. This gives you several chances to think up any important items you might have neglected.
Step 3
Know how to use everything that is in your first-aid kit. The best first-aid items in the world will do you little good if you don't know how to put them into action, and you can't count on someone else being around to show you how to use them.
Step 4
Replenish any items you used from your first-aid kit immediately upon returning to civilization. This way you reduce your chances of being caught short on the next trip.

Tips & Warnings

 
Always follow standard safety protocols, even if you feel well-prepared because of the first-aid kit you're carrying. These include filing a trip plan and then sticking to it, plus carrying extra clothing, food and water. For an extended list of items you should pack in a typical first-aid kit, check the Resources section.
 
Always follow standard safety protocols, even if you feel well-prepared because of the first-aid kit you're carrying. These include filing a trip plan and then sticking to it, plus carrying extra clothing, food and water.
 
For an extended list of items you should pack in a typical first-aid kit, check the Resources section.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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