A carefully stocked first aid kit is a hiker's best friend. It might be even more important than your boots, map or trail guide. You can create your own hiking first aid kit with some essential supplies. Having the correct first aid tools when you're out on a hiking trip can mean the difference between life and death in some cases, so it pays to know what you are doing. Before doing any regular and difficult hiking, it is recommended that you take a CPR course and learn basic first aid, such as how to administer an emergency stitch or how to create a makeshift splint (should a bad sprain or break occur). A properly set up first aid kit can provide an endless amount of fixes to problems, especially if the user is even slightly creative or imaginative. The kit should be set up to cover just about any emergency that may arise on a trip, up to and including search-and-rescue situations.
Tips & Warnings
Always tell someone where you are hiking and how long you will be gone. Agree to check in with each other at a designated time.
Prevention is the best way to protect yourself from injury. Do not hike with blisters or cuts or while fatigued.
A hiking first-aid kit is not a substitute for common-sense safety and professional medical attention.
Do not hike to isolated rocks, outcroppings, ravines or other dangerous areas.
Even minor cuts can become infected. Seek medical attention for your injuries.
Immediately stabilize an injury. Do not continue hiking.