If you are heading to the great outdoors on one of your first adventures, know that it is imperative you carry a first aid kit with you! This could save you from an injury or a bigger emergency when you are far from civilization. You can’t run to a pharmacy in the middle of the woods, or call a doctor to come check on you; it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Here are the essentials you should get to start your first aid kit, and keep growing it, depending on your needs as you continue to explore Mother Nature:
Bug and Mosquito Repellent
There’s no other way to avoid bugs and mosquitoes in nature other than protecting yourself with a repellent.
These meds can be essential in case of any migraines, headaches, stomach aches or any other common pains.
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There is a lot of dust and pollen out in nature. To avoid sneezing and irritated eyes throughout your trip, carry antihistamines.
If you get any bigger cuts, gauze will be necessary to clean the wound before applying anything else on top.
Bandages are a necessity to cover up large cuts and wounds to protect them from any bacteria.
Band-aids will similarly protect smaller wounds and cuts from bacteria.
In case you get any rashes from brushing against the wrong plant, or are itchy from a bug bite, calamine lotion can be a relief.
The same goes for aloe, especially if you get sunburnt, or any kind of rashes.
A disinfectant needs to be applied to any large wounds before wrapping them up.
Sterilizing Wipes/Alcohol Swabs
Sterilize all wounds before applying any ointment to get any bacteria that might have gotten under the skin out.
Antiseptic/Anti Bacterial Cream
In the case of any small cuts or bruises, which can be common while camping or hiking, these can come in handy to avoid a worse situation later on.
Tweezers and Scissors
For removing splinters and cutting gauze and bandages, it’s always better to have these tools on hand.
Cold Compress and Heat Packs
If you get any bumps or bruises during your trip, a cold compress or heat pack can really help.
You never know what you might be allergic to, so this could actually save your life.
If you’re running low on blood sugar, load up on glucose to get your functionality back to normal. Also, it might be a good idea to pack some of these handy Gatorade Endurance Gel to help with extreme hydration and energy needs.
You never know what could sneak its way into your food and disrupt your digestion, so keep this medication on hand!
Itchy and dry eyes because of dust and pollen can be soothed with eye drops.
Of course, these are just the basics that everyone needs. If you have any prescription medications or other essentials that affect you as an individual, it is important that you do not leave those behind! These essentials also include things like lens solution if you wear lenses or any other such items. It’s always better to leave your house prepared and it would be a shame if you had to cut your trip short because you have forgotten one of these items!