The Essential Hiker’s First Aid Kit

first aid kitPicture this: it’s summer time, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and nature is looking especially welcoming. It’s the perfect time for a hike!

While getting out and enjoying nature is something that many people look forward to, that doesn’t mean you should head out unprepared.

When venturing into the unknown, there are always risks to consider because resources may be scarce. A first aid kit is a must before hitting the trail. But what exactly should you have in your kit!

Here are just a few first aid essentials to consider to assure that your picture perfect summer hike is free from mishaps.

Oral Medications

Some sort of pain reliever is an essential to bring with you on a hike. Should you or someone in your party need immediate pain relief before help can be reached, an oral pain medication should suffice.

It is also a good idea to keep some kind of antihistamine on hand in case an allergic reaction happens out on the trail.

Bandages

Bandaids, bandages, an antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, and gauze are also good to have on hand for a day of hiking. You never know what can happen on the trail.

Blisters are common annoyances that can happen while hiking. If you happen to get a small injury, bandages and an antibiotic ointment should keep things under control so you can continue on with your hike comfortably.

Dressing – 3M Tegaderm Transparent Film

Another essential to have on hand if you get an open wound is some kind of dressing. 3M’s Tegaderm Dressing is ideal because it conforms to the body and flexes with it. You’ll probably forget that it’s even there and be able to focus on enjoying your hike.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is great to have with you at all times, but especially when you’re outdoors and may not have access to restroom facilities. If you do have a wound that needs treatment then having hand sanitizer on hand will keep things as sterile as possible and prevent the transfer of bacteria to the wound.

Besides that, it is also good to have if you need to clean up before enjoying a meal or snack on the trail.

Sunscreen, Aloe Vera, and Lip Balm

Nothing can ruin an amazing day on the trail like a bad sunburn. While applying sunscreen before hitting the trail might seem like enough, you might not notice that you’re getting burned until it’s too late. If you already reach the point where it’s too late to apply sunscreen, then aloe vera for relief should help to ease the effects of the burn.

It is also smart to have a lip balm with SPF in it to keep your lips protected.

Insect Repellent

Unfortunately, the great outdoors also comes with pesky insects. Insect repellent is another essential for hiking. Being one with nature can also mean that you might be a feeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. To keep yourself as bite-free as possible, make sure to have repellent on hand at all times while hiking.

Now that summer is upon us, it is important to remember that safety should be a top priority when planning outdoor activities. With these items in your first aid kit, you should be able to feel at ease during a day outside and be able to face whatever the great outdoors presents you with.