Each year, millions of hunters adventure into rugged camping terrain to prepared to face nature and all its beauty. Most novice hunters and campers will make sure to check and double check their camping lists, making sure to dot every “i” and cross every “t.” Packing a first-aid kit is old hat, but forgetting some of the most important items needed in case of an emergency occurs more often than not.
A typical first-aid kit comes with many necessities for every day cuts, scrapes, and burns. Items like burn-ointment, painkillers, antiseptics, anesthetic spray, tweezers, bandages, and a first-aid instruction book should all be included. Though these can be purchased from most major retailers, it is best to look through standard kits and add to them based upon what is lacking. First and foremost, the first-aid kit should be waterproof and easy to access. It should be quick and easy to open, and storing it in an accessible location should not be a problem.
A generalized first-aid checklist may not be appropriate for some. Depending upon the environment and climate, there may be more extensive requirements. Hunting in extreme conditions can present special challenges and unanticipated situations. Examples would include remote locations, extreme wind or cold, high heat indexes, and mountainous terrain. Here are some examples of items that could be added:
Flashlight with Extra Batteries – though this should be in a survival kit as well, a flashlight is important to first-aid because injuries are likely in the evenings when visibility is limited. It is important to first be able to see what medications are being taken before applying them. Insect Repellent – many insects carry diseases and insect repellent is key to prevention of these nasty ailments. Extra Socks – In case of frostbite or a drop in body temperature, having extra socks lying around can keep heat from escaping through the lower extremities. It also doesn’t hurt to pack plenty of extra blankets. Snake Bite Kit – snakes can show up anytime and an encounter can turn dangerous and even deadly quick. Snakebite kits can be purchased at most camping stores and even some major retailers. They even come with instructions on what to do in case of an emergency. Pocket Knife – In the great outdoors, there are a variety of obstacles to overcome. A pocketknife can come in handy in multiple situations and is a welcome addition to a first-aid kit. These knives are perfect for cutting bandages and can be used in countless survival techniques as well. Matches – Though roughing it with sticks and stones may be on the agenda, there are times that arise when creating fire or heat is a matter of life or death. It is best to keep a book of matches both in your pocket and in an emergency kit. Water Purification Tablets – no matter how clean a stream or river seems to be, it is best to be safe rather than sorry. These tablets are inexpensive and make most water drinkable. Whistle – These can help signal for help. If camping or traveling with a group of people, having a specific whistle signal similar to Morse Code can alert others to an emergency requiring medical or first-aid attention. It can also give away location details if a camper becomes separated from the group. Along with the best muzzleloader scope for hunting, there should be carrying of the first-aid kit. There can be immediate requirement of the medicine while going out for hunting.
Hunting should be fun and safe. It is of vital importance to update and check over the first-aid kit before each adventure into the wild. Not only does it have the potential to save a life, but it will also provide the peace of mind in knowing that each person camping is well protected against any incident that could arise.