5 First-Aid Essentials To Bring On Your Next Hike
If you think you just need your hiking shoes and a jacket, think again. Here’s our list of first-aid essentials to take on your next trek. You will be happy you did.
What to Pack in Your First-Aid Kit
The Boy Scouts were right: It’s always best to be prepared. For falls, bites, scrapes or whatever accident may happen on your trek, we’ve round up these four essential first-aid items in your backpack to keep you safe and happy. Happy hiking!
1) All the essentials
This light and easy-to-carry first-aid kit contains adhesive bandages, antiseptic towelettes, burn relief cream and more.
Life Brand Travel First Aid Kit, $3.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart
2) Eau Baby
Stay hydrated without having to lug heavy water bottles with this easy-to-use device. It filters up to 1,000 L of contaminated water, making it safe enough to drink.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, $25.86 at amazon.ca
3) Blanket Statement
Don’t risk getting trapped in an unexpected storm. This reflective blanket will protect you in all severe weather conditions .
All Weather Emergency Blanket, $18.50 CAD at MEC Stores and mec.ca.
4) Always On
This two-in-one tool serves a hand warmer (more convenient for cooler months or early morning hikes) and emergency power bank so that you can charge your smartphones, GPS system and more.
Celestron Thermocharge 10 Warmer/Charger, $69.50 CAD at MEC Stores and mec.ca.
5) Ice, Ice Bay
Don’t let a small stumble put a damper on your hike. This cooling spray acts just like an ice pack and will help to reduce any inflammation and swelling.
Deep Relief Sports Pack, $15.97 at Walmart