I'm REALLY surprised at the lack of what some peeps carry, when they go outdoors to hike, or camp.
So here is a "suggested" basic first aid kit I think that more people should pack with them.
Colorado has alot of rural areas that people like to go and hike / camp, but keep in mind........cell coverage isn't always the greatest thing.
What you pack and hike with REALLY matters in an emergency situation.
SO just how prepared are you ?
If some one was to get injured or something was to happen, would YOU have the right stuff with you in an emergency ?
As a Adventure Photographer, I see lots of people out on the trails...............many do NOT even have enough water, or let alone the right gear with them. They seem casual about "just being out", but in reality that's not the best kinda attitude to have when you are out in nature.
I know that many peeps do not carry a first aid kit, and if some peeps do, it may not be the best equipped.
So I decided to write up a list for a "basic" first aid kit's contents.
Feel free to use this as a guide to making your first aid kit, you may tweak it to your needs.
But most importantly, make sure you make up one, and take it along with you, as well as know how to use what you have in it.
You can also take classes so you are better prepared and know what to do, and how to use your learned skills when a situation arises. Its always better to be prepared and to be able to out in an emergency situation. Places that offer classes are NOLS, Red Cross, and you can always google whats available near you. I've linked up two great resources that offer classes. You can check out their links for more information.
Wilderness First Aid Kit
(What you NEED to carry)
Basic Kit List:
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
You may want to perhaps add some advil to your kit, anti-itch cream for bug bites, an ace bandage, a few bandanas, Benadryl, hand sanitizer gel, some sugar packets (in case a person's blood sugar drops too low), a headlamp for wound care, Q-tips (to help remove debris from a wound), Mini first aid booklet, pencil and paper to keep notes if someone needs care, etc.
Cater it to your care.
If you use a prescription EpiPen, make sure you have 2 with you. The reason being, Benadryl takes 20 minutes to kick in, and one Epipen is only good for 10 minutes. (So its doesn't take a math teacher to do that math.......your life will depend on it.)
But, no matter what you decide to carry, know how to use it.
Look in your first aid kit before every trip; know what you have and what needs to be replaced, and than replace what is needed asap before you head out.
Prevention and risk management, ARE the most powerful medical tools in your first aid kit.
No cell service, and no known exact location of where you are is a dangerous thing if something should happen. Don't be a weight weenie when it comes to your life and having the proper supplies with you.
It could be a matter of life or death.
Remember to be safe and to have fun out there.
One life, Live it.