I’m continuing all the great hiking information I got from Ranger Bryn Harmer.
This First Aid Kit would be handy to have on hand pretty much any time, not just for hiking. Here’s the list she gave us:
Personal First Aid and Survival Kit – this can simply be put in a ziplock baggy.
1 – Plastic bag, zip lock, quart size, for kit. I think you may need a gallon instead of quart, but gather your supplies and you can decide how big of a ziplock to use.
4 – Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or aspirin tablets
4 – Antacid tablets
2 – Antiseptic cleansing pads
1 – Antiseptic ointment. For those of us that use more essential oils than OTC stuff – be sure to have Lavender and Tea Tree in your kit, maybe even peppermint if you are like me and get a lot of headaches. See my post here for how these essential oils can help you.
6 – Band aids, various sizes
1 – Candle, long burning – My first thought was why do I need a candle? Well it is so you don’t waste all of your matches trying to start a fire!!! So you simply use 1 match, light your candle and start your fire from there.
2 – Cotton swabs, non sterile
1 – Duct tape, 5-10 ft.
1 – Leaf bag, large – These can be used as a rain poncho, shelter, stuff with leaves and grass to have a bed off the ground, etc.
8 – Matches in a waterproof container
1 – Moleskin
2 – Quarters for phone call – LOL doubt you will need this! But did you know in the state of SC you can actually now text 911? So if you get lost or hurt in the mountains you can text for help. There will be more on this in another post.
1 – Razor blade, single edge safety type
1 – Roller gauze bandage
2 – Safety pins, large
1 – Splinter forceps, tweezers
1 – Space type blanket or space type sleeping bag
1 – Towelette, clean
1 – Whistle
1-2 pr of disposable gloves
There were 2 other items that I thought were awesome that would be great to just have that the rangers use in their rescue kits.
One is a product called Quick Clot – This is to be used on a major wound that you can’t get to stop bleeding. According to Bryn, it will burn like hell but when you need it to stop a wound it is awesome.
The other item is called Sam Splint – This is made out of aluminum and can be molded to splint and hold a broken bone. I thought this was super cool. I think it’s a great item to have at home even if you are not hiking. In the picture above Bryn is fitting the Sam Splint against my arm to show us how to use it. It will be folded up in a small squarish shape, and you just slowly unfold it to fit to the body part you need to support. Then wrap with the roller gauze bandage you have in your First Aid Kit. The splint is lightweight, and easy to use.
Now that I’ve got you packed for your hike, next post let’s work on where you will go.