Keep a First Aid Kit with you at all times
Even if you are going for a short hike, there is always a small possibility you could break a limb, cut yourself or get bitten by insects or snakes, so you need to be prepared for the worst. Most first aid kits are compact and contain all the essential items you’ll need.
If you are building a First Aid Kit from scratch I recommend taking:
- Compact first aid manual
- Pressure immobilisation bandages
- Regular roller bandages
- Triangular bandage for breaks
- Gauze or cotton pads for wounds
- Assorted bandaids for blisters and cuts
- Moleskin and/or blister kit
- Ointment for insect bites
- Antiseptic cream
- Tweezers and splinter needles
- Soluble pain relievers
- Insect repellent
- Salt (for leeches)
- Matches and Flint
- Personal medications – with instructions
- Notepad and pencil
- I personally carry and highly recommend that you always carry a personal survival kit.
Here’s another great idea; Red Cross has released a free First Aid app.
A comprehensive pocket guide to First Aid, the app gives you access to the most up to date First Aid information anytime, anywhere.
The app supports the important life saving skills acquired through Red Cross First Aid training with quick and easy to use instructions, interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and helpful videos and images.