Hiking Essentials- Selecting a Basic Care Kit to Suit Your Excursion
While accidents are few and far between on hiking trips they still do happen from time to time. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled some hiking essentials for packing a care kit.
You will want to take into consideration the length of time you’ll be hiking. We also recommend bringing along a variety of supplies in the event of injury. Your hiking essentials care kit should contain, at a minimum, these items:
- Elastic roll bandages and gauze
- A variety of various sized adhesive bandages
- An anti-bacterial spray or cream
- Either Bayer or NSAID, depending upon your abdomen sensitivity
- Moleskin to be employed in the treatment of blisters
- A knife (a Swiss Army knife or one thing similar is ideal)
- A combine of tweezers
- Anti-itch cream
- Burn cream
- Hydrocortisone cream
Remember that even a minor injury will become serious if it’s not treated properly. Even some basic antiseptic cream placed onto a minor cut or graze can make a tremendous difference in preventing issues.
One thing we wish to caution you on: everything you pack you will have to carry, so don’t go overboard bringing along extra supplies.
It goes without saying to carry enough water for drinking, however, we recommend bringing surplus water to tend to scrapes or wounds. We do not recommend gathering water from streams. Even the cleanest of streams can carry nasty microorganisms.
Things To Consider
Depending on where you are hiking another important item we recommend is a snake bite kit. The chance of snake bites is larger than most people suspect. The good news is a snake won’t bite you unless you’re practically standing on it. Even seasoned hikers can get bit, so it is best to be prepared.
Spider bites are even rarer than snake bites. There are only a few poisonous spiders hikers are likely to encounter. A good rule of thumb is to avoid traveling in wet or dark areas.
The most basic risks you’ll encounter while hiking is an upset stomach, a headache, or sunburns. Sometimes unhealthy food and water can be an issue, but the one problem most people don’t plan is cuts. An untreated cut will become infected, especially if it is caused by a plant or jagged rock. That is why we stress your care list include bandages and an anti-bacterial spray or cream.
Treatment simply requires applying the disinfectant before covering the wound with a band-aid. If the cut is massive, you will need to use gauze and a roll bandage instead of a band-aid. Before applying it please assess how deep the cut is and whether or not the injury was to a blood vessel.
In Case Of Serious Injury
If the blood vessel was harmed, blood will flow unsteadily from the cut. You may also see a light tint of dark-blue discoloration. An injured blood vessel flows in spurts because the heart pumps blood around the body and is generally a deeper red in color. Blood vessel harm can be stopped by applying pressure to the wound, which can seal itself. Harm to the blood vessel is serious and will need the use of special clamp-and-release techniques. Deep cuts (blood vessel or arterial) require skilled treatment that you will need to pursue if it happens to you.
The most effective care plan for any trip is caution and common sense. Remember your surroundings and do not take unnecessary risks.
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