First Aid

Before you go on a hunting or camping trip, there are a few things you should consider. First of all, it”s important to be prepared for different scenarios that could occur on your trip. Think of the terrain and the weather you”ll likely encounter, and be equipped to handle accidents involving yourself or another member of your party.

Minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, splinters, bug bites and sunburn, are likely to happen. A basic first aid kit is a must for any hunting or camping trip. You should also always carry a cell phone with you in case of a serious accident that requires medical attention.

The Basic Hiking and Camping First Aid

A first aid kit is the simplest way to prepare for outdoor mishaps: Don”t leave home without it. A well-stocked kit should include at least the following basic first aid necessities. You should check your first aid kit once a year to replace missing or expired supplies:

  • antiseptic solution
  • anti-diarrhea medicine
  • bandages and gauze
  • knife
  • pain medicine
  • rinse solution
  • scissors
  • sterile wipes
  • sunburn-relief lotion
  • tape (for bandages and gauze)
  • tweezers.

Other Supplies To Keep On Hand

In addition to the supplies in your basic first aid kit, there are additional items youshould keep on hand while hunting and camping. In the event that you get lost, you will need three things:

  • cell phone
  • light sticks
  • thermal blanket.

Of course, a cell phone will come in handy regardless of the situation. If you get lost or if your vehicle breaks down getting to the hunting area, you”ll need a thermal blanket and light sticks.

What To Do If Someone Is Injured

In the unlikely and unfortunate circumstance of a serious injury, don”t panic. Remember these steps to successful first aid while hunting and camping:

  • Administer first aid while someone is contacting emergency personnel.
  • Check for a pulse, good circulation and possible bleeding.
  • Don”t move someone with neck or back injuries.
  • Don”t give an unconscious victim any fluids.
  • Look for emergency medical ID.
  • Make sure airways aren”t blocked by the tongue, oral secretions or other objects.
  • Remain calm.

First Aid and Safety Courses

There are several safety courses you can take to be prepared for hunting or camping in the great outdoors. Nonprofit organizations and schools in practically every community offer basic first aid and CPR classes.

Most states require that hunters take a hunting education course in order to get a hunting license. Taking this type of class is a good idea, even if it isn”t required. Local wildlife organizations often offer hunting education courses, which will cover such things as basic safety and responsibilities. Check your local directory for more information.

Resources

About. (2006). First Aid Checklist for Campers. Retrieved November 7, 2006, from the About Web site: http://camping.about.com/cs/advicetips/a/firstaid01.htm.

About-the-web. (1999-2005). Handy First Aid Tips. Retrieved November 7, 2006, from the About-the-Web Web site: http://www.about-the-web.com/shtml/reports/first-aid_tips.shtml.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. (2006). Hunter Education Course. Retrieved November 7, 2006, from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Web site: http://www.ncwildlife.org/pg04_HuntingTrapping/pg4c.htm#

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Wilderness Survival. (2001-2006). Survival Planning and Survival Kits. Retrieved November 7, 2006, from the Wilderness Survival Web site: http://www.wilderness-survival.net/chp3.php.