By: Michelle Bery
Hiking can be one of the most wonderful activities you can pursue; physical activity in beautiful surroundings; exploring new places; breathing in fresh air. Unfortunately it can also be one of best places to experience a myriad of injuries. Because of the nature of the activity – traveling, sometimes solo, in a secluded setting – it is absolutely imperative to carry a first aid kit for hiking.
A first aid kit for hiking includes a number of important things and should be carried with you at all times. Make sure the container is lightweight and easily transportable as you will more than likely carry it with your other supplies in your backpack.
Some inclusions in your first aid kit for hiking should be bandages of all sizes including gauze and tape, alcohol or other antiseptic for cleaning wounds, antibiotic cream, pain relievers, a small pair of scissors, bug repellant, and sanitary wipes.
If you take any medications on a daily basis, be sure to bring them with you just in case. Keep extra medications in your first aid kit for hiking so that you’re always prepared.
First and foremost, in addition to your comprehensive first aid kit for hiking, anyone hiking should always carry a cell phone on them at all times; especially when traveling alone. Alert friends and family about where you’ll be and what time you’ll be back; that way someone will know where to find you if you’ve been gone an excessive amount of time.
A first aid kit for hiking is one of the most important things you can bring with you to ensure an enjoyable, successful hike. Preparedness will save you time, inconvenience, and possibly even your life.
Take the steps necessary to assemble a first aid kit for hiking by visiting some outdoor sporting stores. Many will sell a pre-assembled first aid kit for hiking in a lightweight container easily stored in a backpack. Shopping online will also yield you a number of first aid kits of appropriate size.
Or if you wish to assemble one yourself then just look for the appropriate container and begin purchasing the necessary items specific to you.
Either way, a first aid kit for hiking should be considered part of your hiking equipment. Never leave home without it and you’ll never be caught off guard.
About the Author
For easy to understand, in depth information about first aid visit our ezGuide 2 First Aid.
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