Keep on Trailing Not Wailing

(Photo by: Madison Lotierzo)
(Photo by: Madison Lotierzo)

The saying, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones’ is a term taken literally when hiking. Climbing on rocks, walking on uneven ground, or trails laced with leaves, sticks, and rocks can be the cause of various injuries. With proper care and prevention, hikers can stay on the  trails and out of the doctors office.

First aid kits alter deepening on the level of the hike.

For day hikes, first aid kits include basic essentials like sunblock and bandages.

More complex and lengthy hikes, that exceed one day, require more materials as shown by Back Packer’s extended kit.

The most common injury seen on the trails is the small, yet mighty painful blister. The best cure for blisters is prevention says, Sports Injury Clinic.

Back Packer prevents these painful pockets of fluid by applying duct-tape to prominent blister zones such as, the back of the heel. Also, circling the area with permanent marker  can help to keep track and mark the size of the blister.

Too many experience hydration when hiking. The LifeSaver bottle provides hikers with clean water even when in the dirtiest of situations. The non-chemical filtration system can cut back time and materials needed for water purification methods.

Though wounds are under wraps, it is something that needs to be spoken about. Applying bandages is a crucial element of wound care. Wrapping up an injured area can mean less risk of infection and of pain.  The proper application and wrap methods are shown in this simple guide.

 Those pesky myths about injury care, passed down from generations, may actually be true and quite helpful. 15 First Aid Myths  reveals the truths to what were thought, by some, to be fallacies like preserving a broken tooth in milk until reaching professional care, leaning forward for a nosebleed, and refraining from popping blister

Stay safe on the trails!

Peace,

Madison

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