Friday, May 28, 2010

Backpacking Training: First Aid Backpacking Training

One of the most important items of backpacking training is understanding first aid.  There are a few basics that every backpacker should know or backpacking how to as I refer to it.  Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, accidents will happen.  You should always remember that help may not always be available, so understanding these things in important, especially in case of a major accident.  I will also note that even a minor injury needs to be treated.  If you get this type of backpacking training and use this backpacking advice, you will be on your way to a safe trip.

A first aid kit is an essential tool for you to carry on your trip.  You should make sure that it is fully stocked and that you know how to use all of the contents, and know when to use them.  Here are some items you will find in a basic first aid kit:
  • Band aids
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Moleskin
  • Alcohol pads
  • Ace bandages
  • Sanitizer
  • Gauze
  • First aid tape
  • Cold pack
Preventing accidents is also important when it comes to first aid.  This is something you should understand how to do.  Proper backpacking training will ensure that you can work to prevent accidents. Here is some backpacking advice for prevention:
  • Equipment should always be in good working order and in decent shape.
  • You should always use protective gear.
  • Be sure to let someone have a plan of your trip, detailing what areas you will be traveling when, in case you become missing.
  • Be able to recognize types of poisonous plants and animals.  Having a basic nature guide can assist you with this.
Even with proper prevention, there may still be accidents.  This will be the point where knowing first aid could be life saving.  Check with your local fire station to see if they offer free classes in first aid. 

Additionally, a good backpacking book is going to provide you will detailed information about first aid.  These are just a few ways of getting the proper backpacking training for first aid.  It does not matter which way you do it, as long as you do it! 

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