Trail Safety – First Aid Kit

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PHOTO CREDIT: Nick Swanevelder

Taking a tumble is one of the most common occurrences in trail running, but there are also a whole bunch of other injuries and ailments that can make your day miserable! Every trail runner should carry a small personal First Aid Kit. Do not be fooled into thinking that you don’t need one. There are plenty of ways to get injured on a trail run and help is not always immediately available.

We’ve created a list of some important safety items to consider when putting together your trail running First Aid Kit. Remember these are only suggestions, the best way is to create your own kit based on your own needs, diet and medical health.

Waterproof container / Package

You need something that is waterproof, compact and that seals properly. The kitchen is the ideal place to find a suitable container. Ziplock bags work great, and also small plastic containers.

First Aid Contents

Now the contents of your First Aid Kit depends completely on your own personal needs on the trails. Here are some suggestions for your trail running First Aid Kit.

  • Adhesive bandages in several sizes (flat)
  • Tension bandage (for sprain)
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Safety pins
  • Electrolyte / Salt tablets
  • Energy bars / Gels
  • Mirror (Small hand held)
  • Rescue whistle
  • Sterile gauze pads / Tampons (stops blood by blocking the cut or gash)
  • Petroleum jelly (chafing prevention and stops blood flow)
  • Painkillers (Miprodol, Panado or whatever works for you)
  • Stomach Pills (Immodium)
  • Prescription medications (based on your own needs / allergies)
  • Multi-tool / Scissors
  • Safety / Space Blanket
  • Cable ties
  • Sticky bandage roll (small)
  • Super-glue (glue that cut / gash shut)
  • List of emergency numbers (printed on laminated piece of paper)

Although this list seems long, the elements above are really important and essential for every trail runner when heading out on the trail. Make your pick and build up your First Aid Kit. Always be safe on the trails!