Medical Supplies You May Need On A Hike
When spending any amount of time in nature, it is a good idea to prepare for things that could go wrong. Hikes are no different – people fall, people overexert themselves, medical assistance is needed.
The key is to have the right medical supplies on hand when you need them. This means not carrying so much that it is too heavy but carrying what you need. You will need to consider items in terms of all their dimensions, including their weight. You will also have to decide who is carrying what – will the kit be in one bag or several? Careful planning is called for here.
Naturally, of course, you do need to ensure that each person has their own supply of any medicines that they have to take on a daily basis, with spares in case something happens to the original. These should be carefully wrapped to protect against water and knocks.
Other medications may also be called for – thing about your group in particular – how fit is everyone? Overexertion is a common affliction on hikes and can result in inflammation and dehydration. Be prepared with some suitable analgesics and some electrolytic gels to replace lost minerals. Chances are good that blisters will need to be treated, as will cuts and scrapes. Anti-bacterial salve and band aids are top of the list.
Take some time to look into the visitor’s warnings about the area that you will be going to. Is sunstroke likely to be an issue. Is there a chance of being attacked by an animal or bitten by a snake? Be sure you can deal with those problems should they arise and look for ways to actively avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations.
Be sure that the kit is packed as neatly as possible – this allows you to get away with using a smaller box and will help when it comes to weight as well. Every item should be packed in its own baggie in case anything in there breaks. This will limit the potential damage to just one baggie. Make sure to get a kit that is watertight and that can survive some rough handling.
Always also make sure that you have a plan in place to deal with all forms of litter - you must never leave litter lying around - it is not only an eyesore but dangerous to the environment as well. If you care about the natural world, clean up after yourself.