You probably already know that it is really important to carry a first aid kit around with you when you’re out on a hike, especially if you’re out in an area that could potentially become dangerous. While some people might be tempted to chuck the first aid kit to save some weight, you should really think about it as an essential piece of gear that can never be left behind. So, with that in mind, how can you keep yourself kitted out safely?
Start with a Pre-Made First Aid Kit
Building your own first aid kit is certainly an option and if you choose to do so you’re more likely to develop an intimate understanding of how everything in your kit works. However, if you’d like to save yourself from some trouble then you can buy premade kits form Red Cross Australia and St John’s Ambulance Australia. These kits will contain everything that you could need, and you can also pay for some first aid training from the same organisations.
Customise Your Kit
Once you have your first aid kit all set up, you should think about customising it and adding a few bits and pieces that could be useful. Pain medications, fluorescent jackets, torches (with extras batteries) and some emergency rations are all excellent additions. If you or anyone that you regularly travel with has allergies or a longstanding health condition that needs regular treatment, then you should also keep an emergency supply of medication in your first aid kit.
Check it and Keep it Effective
Setting up your first aid kit is just the first step, now you need to make sure that you look after it properly! Store the kit in a cool dry place and check it regularly to make sure that any equipment that is supposed to be sealed and clean, still is. You should always replace anything that you use from the kit as soon as possible, after all, you don’t want to be in need of something only to have used it already. Make sure to give your kit a thorough check through every 12 months and replace anything that has expired, like medications or antiseptic products.