You have trained for it for months. You have taken lessons. You have eaten clean. You gave it your all.
Now that first mountain expedition or sporting event is on the cards. You couldn’t be more thrilled.
But there’s something else that you should account for. Your own safety.
That’s where the first aid kit comes into play. Irrespective of the terrain or the type of sport that you are looking to undertake, always be prepared for an emergency situation.
It is a critical part of your gear and you must ensure that you know the basics and select the right one.
It’s a given that there are hundreds of different first aid kits. The right first aid kit for a swimmer will not be the best one for a hiker. The content of the kits and the amount of certain common items will vary depending on the type of activity that it is made for.
At times, you can make do with a basic kit that wasn’t tailored for your sporting event or adventure activity. But it’s always safer if you have one that caters to your unique requirements.
The basics of a first aid kit
There will always be some common items in a first aid kit. These include antimicrobial ointments, blood clotting ointments, lots of bandages and a tweezer.
These supplies should always be with you during your trip. Remember that even a minor scrape can turn into a large health problem so you need to be able to take care of yourself and cover any cuts before infection can set in.
Never get into any sporting event or activity without these. It might appear like a minor scrape. But it can quickly graduate into something more severe. So be prepared.
Kits for specific activities
Before you head out on an adventure, run through a checklist of all the risks you’re most likely to face. Once you know what you can expect, you can start searching for the medical equipment necessary to keep yourself healthy for the entire outing.
To be able to select a kit that’s best suited for you, you should be aware of the potential risks that you face during the event. Make a checklist of these and you will be better prepared to tackle them.
The Climber’s safety kit
Believe it or not, your hands will bear the brunt of your mountain climbing expedition. That’s despite having the best gloves and wraps that money can buy. Your palm and wrists will be black and blue. Have bandages and gauge and know how to wrap it. There’s nothing worse than a gauge that keeps slipping as you climb.
Athletic tape helps to keep flappers in check.
The Hiker’s Safety Kit
Contrary to a climb, your feet will do the heavy lifting during a hike. Even the best boot can’t stop those blisters though. And those nasty, pesky ones can quickly turn into an infection that you’d best avoid. Put some antimicrobial ointments and moleskin in your kit. The extra layer of padding helps a lot while the antimicrobials keep the bacteria in check. Also, get a splint. You never know when you’d need it.