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  • Kathy Schrenk

First Aid

Second only to water, a first aid kit is probably the most important thing to bring on a hike. It can include a lot of equipment, but there are essentials that every first aid kit should have:

Bandages and ointment:

The usual stuff for scrapes and owies. Always have a variety of sizes.

Pain relief:

Aspirin, non-aspirin, ibuprofen, aspirin with caffeine. All good things to have. Search online for boxes of one-dose packets. That way you won't have bottles rattling around in your backpack -- and your can throw some packets in your glove box.

Blister care:

Usually referred to as moleskin, this thick padding will protect a blister or hot spot from further rubbing.

Cortisone, aka, itch medicine:

Because someone will get bit by a bug. Speaking of which...

Tick removal supplies:

A good tweezers and some alcohol wipes (for wiping down the skin after tick removal).

Buy a small first aid kit at the drugstore or, more economically, purchase your own supplies and assemble a kit. While you’re at it, make a larger one that you can keep in your car. Search online for first-aid kit checklists. Don’t forget toilet paper and a sanitary shovel.

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