Safety on the trails

By April 15, 2016Hike

It’s that time of year again, guys! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, you’re hitting the hiking trails, and you probably need to update that first aid kit you always (or should always) take with you.

There are several things that can hurt you in the great outdoors – ranging from the smallest ant to the sun. Even a pebble in your shoe can put a cramp in your hike. You should be prepared no matter where you go or how long you are gone.

So whether you are going for a two-hour hike around a near by mountain trail or you are going on a week long excursion with your friends, remember to wear the proper attire and keep the items listed below in a first aid kit. You never know what might happen and it is always better to be safe than sorry!

First aid kit essentials:

  • A waterproof bag to keep everything in
  • An assortment of bandages
  • Gauze rolls
  • Butterfly closures
  • Multi-tool
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Antiseptic towels
  • Sunscreen
  • Pain relievers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Latex Gloves
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Plastic bags

A few friendly reminders:

  • Always wear sunscreen, even if there is cloud coverage. And if you do end up getting a sunburn, generously apply Aloe Vera to the affected area.
  • If you get stung, make sure that the stinger is not stuck in your skin. If it is, use tweezers to pull it out, and then clean it with an antiseptic towel. If you can’t keep from scratching it, put a small waterproof bandage on it.
  • You may want to pack an extra pair of shoes in case you get yours wet or tear them. But, if you prepare in the right way, and wear the right socks, you’ll only need the pair you put on at the beginning of the day.
  • If you slip on a pair of Swiftwick socks, they will keep you blister and smell free. They are guaranteed to last much longer than any other sock you can buy on the market – so even if you get lost on that mountain, your Swiftwick socks will last you until you find your way home.

Stay safe on the trails, happy hiking, and keep adventuring!