Any outdoor activity carries with it a degree of risk. Climbing rocky faces and hiking rough and bumpy terrain is so much fun, but every now and then, a misplaced step or a loose bit of rock leads to an injury. In those situations, it’s great to feel confident that you came prepared with a comprehensive first-aid kit.
The best way to start your first-aid setup is to buy a pre-made first aid kit. These kits come with all the basic first-aid items, bandages and treatments in a simple package. You can then add and expand your kit with additional soothing creams, sunscreen and hand sanitisers as you wish. You can also adapt your kit to the environment you will be in. For example, you may want to bring more gauze for sprained ankles if you are climbing over uneven conditions, compared to bringing more hand sanitiser or alcohol wipes if you won’t have access to clean water while out hiking.
Alongside building your first-aid kit for hiking or climbing, education is crucial to your success treating injuries and reacting to emergency situations. Our checklist for first-aid when camping is a good place to start.
Participating in professional first-aid and survival courses is the best way to get hands-on experience with treating common injuries. Organisations such as St. Johns are able to teach you everything from treating snake bites to common outdoor injuries.
If you plan on hiking or camping with children, our guide to keeping kids safe while summer camping can help you better prepare for potential hazards while out as a family.