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Be Prepared in the Backcountry: First-Aid in the Wild

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Wilderness adventures, far away from civilization, are exciting and fun.

However, an injury can make things a little less fun. If you don’t have the right materials and knowledge, an injury can become serious.

The following infographics show three ways to be more prepared for an emergency in the backcountry—having a well-stocked first-aid kit, knowing how to assess a situation and dealing with blisters.

First-Aid Kit

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A wilderness first-aid kit isn’t the same as the small kit many people have in a car or a boat. This kit needs to have the items needed to treat many types of medical issues, along with ways to record vital information and dispose of used medical items.

Situation Assessment

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While time is critical in an emergency situation in the wild, it’s important to have a full grasp of the situation. Then, emergency aid can be administered—safely.

Blisters

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Blisters are painful and annoying. However, in the wilderness, blisters can be prime locations for infection.

There are many sayings and clichés about knowledge, but the more you know about emergencies in the wilderness—and how to deal with them—the better off you’ll be.

Organizations like Solo Schools, Wilderness Medical Associates and the National Outdoor Leadership School offer classes that deal with wilderness medicine.

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Be Prepared in the Backcountry: First-Aid in the Wild