The first aid kit should be a part of every hunter’s equipment, so don’t leave home without it.
Look through any hunting magazine or catalog and you are sure to find everything needed for a successful hunt. After all, archery season is nearly here and with it comes the chance to harvest the buck of a lifetime. Do you have everything you need?
Sadly, what may be the single most important piece of hunting equipment is rarely seen on the pages of these publications and is often overlooked by the hunter, as well: the first aid kit.
More Safety in the Field
Where to Find a Kit
Basic first aid kits can be purchased at your local pharmacy, department store or home improvement store but the American Red Cross, our local experts in first aid, offers a wide variety of first aid kits at extremely reasonable prices.
The 73 piece, soft-sided kit is about the size of an average book and fits neatly into a daypack, weighs next to nothing and costs less than $20. More importantly, it is packaged neatly in a zippered soft pack that, when unzipped, lies flat and allows the user to see all of the available supplies.
Having a first aid kit is a great start – now make it better.
Personalize Your Kit
Once you have your first aid kit, take a few moments to tailor it to your specific needs.
First, include a list containing your emergency contact information, any medications you take regularly and any medical conditions that would aid emergency responders in your care. Be sure to include allergies on your list, as well.
Emergency responders are trained to gather as much information as possible about their patient and this includes searching the unresponsive or disoriented patient and their belongings. Finding a bright colored first aid kit would be a great place to look!
Second, be sure to include your medications in their original container and take more than your trip requires. Any number of reasons could extend your stay. Having an unrelated injury and running out of your needed medication would be disastrous.
Lastly, include items that will allow you to make the most of your hunting trip, such as mole skin, antacids and your favorite pain reliever. These simple supplies aren’t included in most first aid kits and will prevent blisters, indigestion or a headache from becoming worse and spoiling a great hunt.
Having a first aid kit and personalizing it to your specific needs is still not enough. Take time to familiarize yourself with the contents of your kit and how they are used. There are numerous ways to gain valuable information, such as classes, books and DVDs. Any knowledge you gain might prevent a bad situation from getting worse.
Remember the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It may be the best advice a hunter can receive.
Be sure to inspect your equipment regularly, use good judgment and avoid unnecessary risks; however, if an accident does happen, you’ll be ready.
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