Camping And Hiking – What To Consider With Your First Aid

If you are heading out into nature, going for a hike or maybe camping, then you should make sure you take along a suitable first aid box. It is a fact that a lot of accidents and injuries can happen during such activities, some minor, and some more serious. You might want to keep a larger kit in the car or at the tend and then have a personal one you take with you when you go out for walks and exploration.

Having a personal first aid kit for hikes and walks

When you are out hiking or taking a long walk you will want something that is more portable, and lightweight so it is not weighing down your pack or pockets, and even waterproof is a good idea. With the things you have in such a kit, you can handle bumps, cuts, scratches, bites and such. You could also put into this kit any personal medication you might need to take with you, an asthma pump, painkillers, or treatment for an allergy you might have, for example. People reacting to insect bites are the most common issue. You might also consider if there is a risk from venomous snakes or something more serious.

The larger kit

Having a larger kit is especially useful if you are camping with a group of people are you are bringing children. Children are especially prone to accidents, falling into nettles and other such incidents that would need something from the larger first aid box to take care of it. Most commonly they need a cut disinfected and a plaster put on it, but other things can happen, getting too close to a fire, getting bitten by something more dangerous and then that first response is essential as you wait for an ambulance or take them to a hospital. You might also need the kit when someone has an accident elsewhere on the campsite and you need to help them.

You could keep the first aid box in the car, and it could also act as your car first aid for when you travel elsewhere. If you have a camper you could keep it in there and it will be something you have to remember to restock after each trip if you have had to use anything out of it. You also need to track the things that might go out of date. As well as yourself make sure others know what is in the kit and how to use things so it is not just you that can administer help!

Conclusion

The smaller personal first aid kit should have things like bandages, gauze, water tablets, antiseptic, tweezers, scissors, tape, wipes and perhaps aspirin. The larger kit should include more of those things and then additional things depending on where you travel. You can look online for a list of items you should put in it, or you could look for a ready made kit but check for types that are specifically for camping and hiking trips.

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