Today I thought I would share a few ideas about a walkers first aid kit that most of us should really carry around with us (I don’t all the time…) as walking can create lots of oppertunity to get injured. I have been thinking about what I should carry in my “Pocket First Aid Kit” and have come up with a list and some explanatory reasons for why these items may be useful…
Plasters – I tend to use the long thin ones, you know the ones – meant for cut fingers and small scrapes…. These are not only good for scrapes and cuts which could have been caused by getting scagged by brambles or scraping yourself on a sharp rock, but can be useful when you can feel your shoe starting to rub and a blister starting to form. They can be used to cushion areas that are starting to chaffe, whether it be from a clothing seam or skin rubbing against skin and make it more comfortable to move (this use may call for larger sized plasters…or maybe go for a length that would need cutting – in which case carry scissors!)
Antibacterial hand gel -this is good for cleaning on the go and making sure you have no germs on your hands, but it can also be used as an on the go cleanser for cuts prior to applying antiseptic cream and a plaster.
Antiseptic cream – to apply to your cuts or grazes.
Insect bite relief pen or cream – pretty self explanatory – the little blighters whol love to feast off our blood can strike at any time leading to uncomfortable itching, soreness and inflamation, carry a bite relief pen and at least the bite won’t bother you for a bit. (it is better to err on the side of precaution and douse yourself in insect repellant before you leave the house though! But I’d stick one in my kit regardless!!!!)
Tablets – I would carry 2 kinds – antihisthamines and ibuprofen. Antihisthamines will help if you get bit or have an allergic reaction to something (a mild reacton!) and Ibuprofen helps with swelling and is good for knee pain as it is an antinflamatory.
What would you carry in your pocket kit?
And now for yesterdays stats…
I hit 10,000 steps!!!! 🙂
I am aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day for the whole of september in order to raise money for Cancer Research, if you would like to sponsor me or donate, you can visit my Just Giving page where a few clicks will see your donation added to the cause.