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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Aid Kit – Must Haves for Hiking

Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the great outdoors, whether you’re a serious trekker or just enjoy a short hike with the kids, it’s always best to be prepared so that if something unexpected happens, you’re ready for any emergency.
First aid kits come with typical items such as Band-Aids, antiseptic, and bandages, but you will usually want more for your kit.
Camping supply places are a great place to pick up a ready made kit or if you want to put your own kit together here is a list of some of the basics:
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Forceps
  • Splints
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Gauze
  • Antiseptic
  • Bandages
  • Exam Gloves
  • Hot/Cold Packs
  • Dry Wash Pads/Wipes
  • Syringe
  • Antibiotic ( Dicloxacillin)
  • Antihistamine ( Benadryl )
  • Anti-Inflammatory ( Ibuprofen )
  • Alcohol Swabs
  • Antiseptic Ointment
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Portable Water Container
  • Matches & Lighter
  • Flashlight
  • Bleed Arrest Powder ( To Seal Wounds & Stop Bleeding )
  • Required Medications
  • GPS Tracking
  • Long lasting energy bars
  • Electrolyte powder
  • Mylar Emergency blanket
  • Sunscreen
  • Arnica
Depending on your medical conditions, if any, you should always bring medication for at least 3-4 days. If you get lost, you’ll have essential medications on hand, and for those with heart conditions or diabetes, this could actually save your life. Make sure you have a GPS tracking device, and tell your loved ones where you’re going and when you expect to return; these simple steps could make all the difference in the event that you do become lost.
Keep a list of supplies in the kit so you can cross them out as they get used up, making it easier to remember what you need to replace before the next outing
Whether you’re going on a one day hike or plan on spending a few days camping, it’s critical to bring a first aid kit; it’s a must for hikers and outdoors men alike!
Have we missed anything? What are your must-haves for your hikes?

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