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First Aid Kit Essentials

Itís important to have a first aid kit while hiking. One never knows what will happen in the wilderness or backcountry. What you carry depends a bit on you, any allergies you might have, and your general terrain. In addition to the small kit that I carry when I hike, I also have a more extensive first aid kit in the car. Here are the items that I carry. (I always get the smallest, lightest size of anything possible.)



All of these items, and any regular medications you require, should be placed in a lightweight bag. I use an Eagle Creek bag, but a clear plastic zipper bag works great, too.

Finally, take time to learn some first aid basic skills, like how to clean and dress a wound, how to create a tourniquet, and how to wrap a sprained ankle.

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