What Should Be In My First Aid Kit?

What Should Be In My First Aid Kit?

Injuries and accidents can happen anywhere- at the workplace, at home, or while participating in outdoor activities like hiking or camping. Although we don’t plan for them, accidents ‌do occur. So, you must be prepared for such emergencies. No matter where you adventure or work, it is crucial to have a well-stocked first aid kit so you can deal with minor injuries and accidents. But what items should you have in your first aid kit?

If you have ever built a first aid kit for your school project, then you understand all the usual items that are required to be inside it: an antiseptic, strips of adhesive bandages, scissors, and more. Your first-aid kit can, of course, be as elaborate or as simple as you like. This post will look at essential first aid kit items that doctors say should be included in your hiking or camping gear. (more…)

Wilderness First Aid Basics

Hunters, hikers, mountain bike riders and anyone else who ventures into the wilderness needs to appreciate that injuries are a very real possibility. One of the reasons backcountry trips are exciting is because you’re disconnected from most aspects of civilization. And while being far from the urban sprawl can mean incredible stargazing it also means that if someone in your party gets hurt you, or one of your fellow adventurers will need to be the first responder of record.

Below, we’re going to take a look at some typical wilderness injury scenarios and the best ways to respond. This is not intended to substitute for real medical training. Instead, the goal is to provide you with some basic knowledge so you can respond in a productive way should an injury occur. (more…)

How to Use a Compass

With so many digital miracles at our fingertips a lot of people have lost track of time-tested analog skills that could save their life if the power ever went out or the battery on their smartphone died. GPS, for example, is a great thing but it relies entirely on electricity, and access to electricity is not guaranteed.

Hikers, hunters and frankly just about anyone else who enjoys getting away from it all from time to time would do well to develop their compass and map reading skills. Because, no matter how much you paid for your smartphone it’s nothing more than an expensive paperweight when the battery dies.

Below we’re going to go over the fine points of how to use a compass, beginning with an introductory overview of the compass and its component parts. (more…)

Pemmican Recipe

Pemmican is a traditional food that, for centuries, played an important role in the diet of various Native American tribes. In time it was discovered and adopted by Western explorers, trappers, scouts and others who roamed the vast North American wilderness during frontier days.

The word is derived from the Cree (1) word pimîhkân, which denotes “grease” or “animal fat”. Below we’re going to take a close look at pemmican and provide a recipe for making this early type of emergency ration the way Lewis and Clarke might have. (more…)