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A Hiker's Essential First Aid Kit

A Hiker's Essential First Aid Kit

A Hiker's Essential First Aid Kit

Hiking is a hobby that is enjoyed by many.  Those that do a lot of hiking often enjoy exploring all types of uncharted territories. Unfortunately, many dangers are lurking on the trail. If you enjoy exploring the great outdoors on foot, it is important to ensure that you know and understand the importance of creating and carrying a hiker's essential first aid kit. These kits are invaluable if you or those that hike with you become sick or injured.   

Stings, Bites, and Attacks

One of the most common dangers associated with hiking is the insects, animals, reptiles, and other creatures that you may come in contact with on your outdoor adventure. Many hikers experience stings from bees, scorpions, and other insects. It is also common for hikers to be bitten by animals such as snakes and wild animals that reside in the woods and other types of terrains. Many hikers may even be physically attacked by animals that live in the wild such as boars and bears. You should always ensure that you have insect repellent, sting medication, and anti-venom medications in your first aid kit. It is also important to carry gauze and bandages that can cover a scratch, cut, or bite wound from a direct attack. 

Physical Injuries

If you are creating a hiker's essential first aid kit, you must be prepared in the event of a physical injury. Due to the sheer nature of hiking in the wilderness, falls and blisters are a common occurrence. It is important that you always carry items that you can use to treat scrapes and cuts should you suffer an injury.  It is important that the supplies you have in your kit include bandages, wraps, peroxide, rubbing alcohol, antiseptic cloths, antiseptic cleaners, and antibiotic cream. 


Most hiking enthusiasts love the sport because they enjoy the seclusion it brings, putting as much distance between them and civilization as possible. Unfortunately, hikers who become sick during a long trek have little recourse but turn to their first aid kit. You should always ensure that your first aid kit contains items that will be useful for headaches, upset stomach, and similar conditions.  Your first-aid supplies should include glucose tablets, acetaminophen, aspirin, anti-diarrhea medication, anti-nausea medications, and items that are similar in nature.


As you can see, there are many different supplies that should be packed in a hiker's essential first aid kit. You should always strive to include items that will assist you if you become physically ill, physically injured, or suffer from bites, stings, and even animal attacks that may occur in the wild.  And please read and understand the use and application of your supplies. Careful planning and common sense are the best first aid ingredients, but being prepared with a well thought out list of items in your hiker's essential first aid kit is just a simple-smart way to ensure your outdoor adventure is a great success.

Gary Youngblood is a camping enthusiast and believes that camping clears the mind and lifts the spirit. Pack up your tents [] and get out there! Go to [] to check out a great selection of camping tents.

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