Doing outdoor activities can be really rewarding and fun. However, there are also hazards when it comes to outdoor recreations. Many factors can come into play and cause harm for you and your companions. That is why it is important for you to be prepared even though you are having fun.
Here are some things you can do that can help you whenever you have an accident outdoors.
First off, always have a med kit. It does not have to be filled with various painkillers and antibiotics or what not. In fact, make it simple and compact. The whole point to a med kit is that it’s supposed to be portable. Second, make it accessible to you. Don’t put it at the bottom of your pack or in any hard to reach place. In a scenario where you have someone who is severely injured, then your med kit should have something that can address the injury temporarily until you get the person into proper medical care. Another thing, always double-check your med kit. Always check if you need to restock the medicine and supplies in it. Check the expiry dates and condition of the medicine you are bringing. You might be bringing something that does not even work anymore.
Second, always know the area and activity you are going to be participating in and then prepare accordingly. For example, if you and your family plan on going on a hiking and camping trip then you better know the trail and have enough supplies for the camp. If anyone in the family has any case of asthma, then the inhaler should be readily accessible. Ration your food according to the amount of time you’re going to be spending on the outdoors. If you are expecting a little bit of bad weather then dress accordingly. Wear water repellant clothes and make sure to pick shoes that are not slippery. This way you can minimize accidents and injuries to your party.
Lastly, always have someone who has a medical background with you. The person does not have to be a doctor or even a nurse. It can be someone who has taken a few classes in first aid and knows what to do. If there really isn’t one, then you might have to consider being that person, as it is an essential part of anyone who enjoys outdoor activities.
A little common sense and presence of mind can go a long way. While these tips can really help you, keeping a calm mind can get everyone back home.