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How to pack a first aid kit for weekend hiking

One of the things many people love to do is get out in the countryside on weekends after working a long, hard week in the city. Whether it’s hot or cold, there’s nothing quite like the beauty of nature surrounding you and the peaceful sound of woodland creatures rustling through the undergrowth of forests as you work your way along a path. Unfortunately, there will be those times when you slip and fall or bang your knee against a branch jutting out into the path. Did you remember to pack a first aid kit? If not, here are a few things you should have on hand.

Not Necessarily First Aid – But Utterly Important!

Before looking at what should go into a first aid kit for hiking, it should be mentioned that a well-charged mobile phone is of utmost importance. Some little mishaps are just that, minor, but if you fall and break an ankle or leg, it is important to be able to call for help. It is suggested that you either carry along an extra fully charged battery or a small charging device to ensure you are able to call out for help if needed. Also, there are times when you get lost on the trail, so that GPS will certainly help you navigate your way back to ‘civilisation.’

Where to Shop for Those Necessities

Before listing some of the most important necessities, let’s look at where best to shop. If you work a full week, it may be hard to get out and about to find all the little things you’ll need to include. Why not shop online at a site like the Here is where you will find everything you’ll need, and all items will be of medical grade quality. It sure beats running around gathering up all the items you’ll need for your kit!

Most Important Items for a Hiking First Aid Kit

Remember that you’ll probably want to pack lightly, so perhaps only include one or two of each item. The most commonly recommended items for a weekend hiking kit would include:

  • Bandages in various sizes

  • Gauze and/or non-stick pads

  • Bandage tape

  • Antiseptic wipes (or a small spray)

  • Antibacterial cream or ointment

  • Analgesic for pain

  • Latex gloves

  • Antihistamine (pills and small spray)

  • Antidiarrheal mediation

  • Hand sanitiser

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen and lip balm

Also, if you have any severe allergies to insect bites such as bee stings, you might want to bring an Epi-pen as well if you have one prescribed for you.

Yes, it is fun to go on a weekend hike through the woods and out in nature, but you always need to be prepared for those mishaps that might mar your trip. It is always better to be safe than sorry so do bring along a well-charged mobile phone and a first aid kit. Bring drinking water so you don’t get dehydrated and a small snack or two to keep you energised. You’ll want to make the most of your outing so stay safe and don’t forget to take some photos to keep you smiling throughout the week when you’re back at your desk wishing you were back in the woods.


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