There are different degrees of hiking. The kind of “hiking” you do through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Central Park in NYC, or Runion Canyon in Hollywood. You’re physically active outside and in trees and leaves, but it’s not too rough. You still have cell coverage and you can collect an iced coffee in twenty minutes if you need to. For this mountaineering, you do not need first aid. You do not need any special skills other than the ability to move across the landscape.
But there is real hiking. Hiking more than five miles. Many days of hiking. Overnight hiking. Backpacking. Hiking in places where the trail may not be so well maintained, where you can run with an aggressive creature, where you have to keep your intellect about yourself. For this type of hiking, which most people imagine when they think of “hiking”, it is a good idea to be prepared with first aid: physical therapy supplies and skills and knowledge that will help you to enjoy the great outdoors. Because the real greed of hiking is reaching the desert where the beauty and comfort of the modern world no longer applies. We all want to do a little adventure, but we want to bring it back in one piece.
So let’s dig into the initial treatment of hiking. I wouldn’t ask you to “bring water” or “snacks” because, well, you’re an intelligent adult who doesn’t need to be told the basics.
Hiking first aid
Tweezers are a godsend, but you need both needle tip and wide tip. Needle tip tweezers are great for removing ticks – go as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out – although wide tips are good for removing splinters and spines.
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Glue bandages of all sizes
Different sizes of adhesive bandages (or bandages) are essential for cutting and covering wounds. Butterfly bandages are also great for bandages that would otherwise require stitching.
Betadine is an iodine-based antiseptic that cleans wounds and kills germs. Great to have a small bottle in hand so you can spray your cuts and wounds.
Clean wounds, disinfect skin and hands and equipment. This is just as easy to have around.
If you need a bandage or some fabric / clothing cut, these are essential.
This is a good pairing.
You never know what you’ll need to tap your skin.
This is good.
To stop the bleeding, to protect the wound, to improve the healing and all the good things that will help you to overcome the misfortune on the trail.
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A good strong knife is always a wise choice on the trail, even if you only use it on a stick to pass the time. You never do Remorse There is a knife attached to it a firestarter.
Voodoo Floss Band
Voodoo floss bands can be used to compress injured limbs such as the ankle, wrist or knee. They provide stability and reduce swelling. Commonly used in training, these can also be quite convenient on the trail.
Link to buy them.
In my experience, topical magnesium chloride oil is great for reducing joint pain and preventing inflammation. One pinch is very helpful. Great for cramps.
Fill a spray bottle with magnesium chloride flakes and add water to make your own or buy it.
Staying hydrated requires more than just water. You also need electrolytes, especially if you are hiking. LMNT is a great powdered electrolyte supplement that can be hand held. Just add water, shake and drink to stay hydrated. Snake juice is another option.
Cramps are weakening in hiking. They can even be fatal. The best cure for cramps is pickle juice, which works but not because of electrolyte replacement. It does not actually have any real effect on hydration or electrolyte status and drinking it solves muscle cramps faster than intestinal absorption. In the oropharyngeal region (tongue / mouth / throat) TRP ion channels react somewhat with the juice of the pickle সম্ভবত possibly vinegar এবং and short-circuit muscle tension, immediately blocking the cramps.
Other TRP ion channel activators are found in red pepper, ginger, and cinnamon, and researchers have developed a blend of three plant extracts that have been shown to be effective against muscle cramps. It’s called a hot shot.
Basic yellow mustard also works. To really make it a notch you can add pepper and ginger in the mustard. Mustard and spice / ginger combo can be an instant solution for muscle cramps.
Skills and best practice
There is a map.
I find most places no longer give paper maps of hiking areas. If they don’t, you can buy a map of the area before you start, or take a picture of the map on Trailhead with your phone so you always have something to mention.
Take a compass (or put a compass on your phone) and learn how to read a map.
A compass and a map go very well together. If you need it, a comprehensive explanation of how to use these two together to orient yourself.
Charge your phone.
Go hike with a fully charged phone Keep the phone in airplane mode and keep it charged.
Walk downhill properly.
Do not bend your pelvis and walk down with all the weight of your leg balls, knees and quads. Instead, place the weight on your entire foot / heel. Break at the hips A little To take most of the load on your gums, hamstrings and buttocks.
Walking uphill properly.
Take short steps and, again, take charge of your glutes and hamstrings. The posterior chain is much stronger than the quad and is durable without cramping.
Most hikers do not always need to carry a large first aid kit with them. Going for a few miles? You don’t need much. A few hours away? Take some bandaids and betadine. Doing half day hikes? Throw in some tweezers and mustard packets. Going overnight? Add more from the list. This is not a specific list of your things Of course Always be with your person once you leave the city limits. It presents a complete list as far as I can gather for serious hiking.
And remember: these are all “just in case” stuff. For most of your hikes, even for long, intense ones, you won’t sink into the kit at all. It’s better to just be prepared.
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