We've put together a quick guide for everything you need to know about first aid for recreation.
Whether it's hiking, camping or boating, accidents and injuries can happen unexpectedly.
First aid for recreation involves the knowledge and application of basic first aid techniques, such as assessing the situation, controlling bleeding, stabilising fractures, treating minor wounds and providing CPR if necessary. It also includes the ability to recognise more serious conditions, such as heat stroke, dehydration, or allergic reactions. Prompt first aid with the appropriate first aid equipment can make a significant difference in preventing further harm, and potentially saving lives.
Camping, going bush and remote environments
First aid is particularly important when camping and going bush, as these activities often involve being far from immediate medical assistance. In these remote environments, having knowledge of first aid and a well equiped first aid kit can be crucial for handling outdoor-related injuries and emergencies.
One of the key first aid concerns for remote camping or going bush in Australia are snake and spider bites, which can be lethal if not treated quickly. The below kits are equipped to treat the most common of injuries through to treating snake and spider bites.
- Modular Survival Pack First Aid Kit, Soft Pack
- FastAid Limited Edition Premium Snake Bite Kit
- R2 4WD Outback First Aid Kit, Soft Pack
- Evo-Bandage Premium Snake Bite Bandage, 10cm, Latex Free
A first aid kit equipped with all the essential items is great to have in your car or van, ready to respond to more common first aid injuries while your on the road.
Boating and water recreation
Being out on the water presents unique risks, such as drowning, injuries from falls, collisions, or encounters with marine life (think jelly-fish stings and sea snake bites!). Knowing how to perform CPR is essential, while other water first aid skills include treating seasickness, hypothermia, cuts, and burns. An understanding of how to respond to incidents like near-drownings, fractures, or head injuries is critical as well. Carrying a well-stocked first aid kit on board is highly recommended.
Our recommendations for additional extras for your kit
- Hydrogel - An important step in treating mild to moderate sunburn. Hydrogel comes with most of our First Aid Kits as standard, however, it's good practice to have an extra tube or spray, as sunburn is the most common first aid emergency! Prevention is also key - don't forget your Sunscreen!
- Snake and Spider bite kit - We're in amongst snake season, so it's important to remain vigilant. Our Snake 'n' Spider Bite Kit is compact and lightweight, it'll go anywhere - backpack, glove box, kitchen cupboard, site office - you name it. It's a must-have addition to any first aid kit.
- Sunscreen - We're all for prevention of injuries that can be avoided, and one of the most preventable first aid situations is sunburn. Make sure if you're heading outdoors that you slip, slop and slap every few hours!
- Tick Remover - When you're out running in the long grass, or hiking through dense bush, you never know if you're going to gain an extra friend along the way! A tick remover helps you to safely remove a tick whole and quickly.
- Instant Ice-pack - For those inevitable times when you roll your ankle running around outside! Instant Ice-packs don't require any refrigeration so are really handy to have in your kit when you're travelling. These are also helpful for the treatment of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.