Win a First Aid Kit for National Safety Month this June!

| June 1, 2013 | 52 Comments

Designated as National Safety Month by the National Safety Council, June marks both the coming summer and a reminder to be safe in everything you do including adventuring outside. We thought this would be a great opportunity to remind readers about staying prepared with proper safety gear and in particular, first aid kits.

Day Tripper Kit

Day Tripper Kit

Day Tripper from Adventure Medical Kit Giveaway

In recognition of National Safety Month, we’re giving away some Day Tripper kits from Adventure Medical Kits. Want to win one? Comment below with an outdoor adventure you have planned this summer and we’ll pick three winners at random on Wednesday 6/19/13! Check the Blog Giveaway Terms and Conditions for any exclusions.

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See more about the kit in this video:

Why Bring a Kit?

Safety in your outdoor adventures, whether it’s a short hike or an overnight paddling expedition, is all about preparation. Cuts, scrapes, bug bites or  a headache can happen anywhere, anytime, and it pays to be ready. Equipping yourself with a pre-assembled first aid kit is often the most convenient and cost effective way to do this. Most are compact, lightweight and are always a great way to make sure you haven’t forgotten any of the basics.

The Weekender Kit is made for week long trips.

The Weekender Kit is made for week long trips.

If you do plan on relying on a first aid kit there are a few things to consider including:

  • the size of your group who will be relying on your kit
  • the duration of your trip
  • any inherent danger of your specific trip
  • proximity to medical assistance
  • special needs of anyone in the group

For example, Adventure Medical Kits makes several different kits based on the length of your trip like the Weekender Kit versus the Day Tripper.

What Should a Kit Include?

Kits should include the basic necessities like:

  • Bandages (various sized adhesive bandages for wounds, dressings and moleskin for treating blisters)
  • Items to reduce chance of infection (antiseptic wipes, gloves & hand wipes, alcohol swabs)
  • Basic tools (tweezers for splinters, tape, some type of knife or blade)
  • Simple drugs & lotions (Aspirin or Ibuprofen, antibiotic ointment and any prescription drugs)
  • Manual explaining how to use items in the kit

Of course there are plenty of extra items to consider ranging from things like emergency dental items to bug bite ointment. Each kit should be personalized to the nature of your trip and group, so if there is an expected hazard make sure to pack first aid items to prepare for it!

Browse our full selection of First Aid Kits and Accessories.

 

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  1. Stephen R Graves says:

    I like the promotion of these first aid kits, they are a great idea anytime.

    • Alida Drewes says:

      A first aid kit is a must for outdoor adventures! I love kyaking, but sometimes getting in and out of the water is hazardous. Scrapes should be treated immediately! Having a good supply of first aid items is important. You can be prepared for emergencies
      when you plan the fun!

  2. Cody says:

    I’m planning my first kayak fishing trip to the coast. It will be a three day trip to fish the Lower Laguna Madre bays off the Gulf of Mexico.

  3. Felina Maris says:

    We are planning a 4 person, 5 day, camping & kayaking trip to a National Wildlife Refuge

  4. Alex Lodi says:

    I am planning to go kayak fishing every weekend in Summer. It’s going to be a variety of places, exploring the Gulf near Tampa. I just got a kayak a couple months ago, and can’t wait to do some exploring! Tarpon, redfish, trout, snook, grouper are all on the list!

  5. Matt Perrine says:

    I am going to go kayaking in the great Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area outside Crosby, MN!

  6. Amanda Medina says:

    I plan on taking a weekend fishing trip here in Galveston this summer.

  7. Kevin Fox says:

    I am planning a day long river trip with the wife and 11 year old daughter. We are new to Kayaking, and could def. use a nice First Aid kit to take along.

  8. Alecia Ashe says:

    My husband and I plan to make several kayaking trips this summer. We like to run the Saluda River in Columbia, SC and we are planning another visit to Sparkleberry Swamp in Sumter, SC. We know the importance of a medical/first aid kit but only have a home made one with a few band aids, some gauze pads and antibacterial ointment. We did just recently purchase a snake bite kit but a new, and better first aid kit will be awesome to have for our next adventure. This trip to Sparkleberry Swamp we had a snake fall into the water near my husband’s kayak and I acquired a tick on my head that warranted a visit to the urgent care to help with the removal. Stubborn, strong little thing! Happy trails!

  9. Andrew Safie says:

    Going hiking with the family in KY.

  10. Brad Martin says:

    I always have a kit w me. Even in truck for everyday use.
    I’ve helped a few people out in parking lots w my kit.

  11. Lee McFatridge says:

    Planning a week trek of the AT last week in June. Starting @ Springer then return.

  12. Ryan says:

    Planning an overnight trip down the Deerborn in Montana. Great fishing and beautiful canyon.

  13. Ethan says:

    I plan on going on a camping trip to Cook Forest for about four days, or as long as I can get away from work.

  14. Cindy Peterson says:

    Planning to raft down the Payette River in Southern Idaho this summer.

  15. Bill says:

    Some friends and I camp on a small island off the coast of SC every year and I always carry a kit. So far we have not needed mor than a band aid or two, but it is always better to have it than not. A new kit would fit right in.

  16. Kirsten says:

    safety first!

  17. Chaz Hicks says:

    I plan on doing a few overnight trips this summer. Buffalo river in Arkansas and the Jacks fork In Mo.

  18. Nan says:

    Now that we have retired, we are going to try camping and kayaking in of our State parks with friends.

  19. Ryan says:

    Headed to North Manitou Island. The best camping in the Great Lakes.

  20. Kevin Archer says:

    Lots of trip planned this summer. Camping with Troop 360 every month at various Texas State Parks, a few yak adventures down the Upper Guadalupe, as well as some surf launches at PINS just to name a few!

  21. Kevin Archer says:

    Shared on twitter! https://twitter.com/Frazzelz303

  22. monica renkoski says:

    I plan to kayak and fish by myself on the Niangua later this week… I definitely need a first aid kit!

  23. Travis Williams says:

    Kayaking and camping on the islands in the Susquehanna River.

  24. Kathy says:

    Heading to Alaska and the Susitna River!

  25. Eddie says:

    I think this is a great promotion. Everyone should know basic first aid, and have a kit.

  26. Jeff says:

    My family and I will be canoeing the Buffalo River in Arkansas this summer.

  27. Tony says:

    I always have a first-aid kit, small or large, with me

  28. Wes says:

    I plan on taking my son, who is 9 and is in CubScouts on a few hikes this summer. A medical kit like this is a “must have”

  29. Tim B says:

    The fiance’ and I are headed to Lakes Basin, northwest of Tahoe, and so looking forward to some time on the water.

  30. Alex Breindel says:

    From my experience in Boy Scouts, it pays to be prepared. Having a first aid kit packed away in a backpack for any hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or fishing trip goes a long ways and ensures that you are prepared for injuries – minor or major – that are imminent in the outdoors. Thanks to Austin Kayak for promoting safety in the outdoors!

  31. Kevin Todd says:

    I will be yaking about Colorado’s high mountain lakes, combining yaking with fishing with camping. And I always have first aid and minor medical supplies with me as medical help can be hours away. There is a reason the Mountaineers consider a first aid kit as one of the ten essentials for being out of doors; not to be melodramatic, but it could save you and/or your companion’s life. If you’re yaking in the land of water snakes, a snake bite kit is an invaluable add-on.

  32. Jesse McLain says:

    Me and a buddy have a 30 mile trip around an entire bay that will include two nights on an island. I was just talking to him last night about the need for a first aid kit. I take one no matter where we kayak!

  33. Weisong Wang says:

    I just built my kayak cart and planning to go fishing with my daughter in Sammamish Lake. We used to kayaking on the nearby small lakes.

  34. Kevin Burt says:

    I’m a kayak fishing addict, I take out my Trident 13 I got from ACK all the time! I usually go 2-3 days a week at least. I had to have emergency back surgery a month ago and being stuck in this house not being able to do anything I want, especially kayaking, is killing me! In a month or 2 when the doc clears me I’ll be out everyday till I run out of money and have to go back to work haha. A nice first aid kit would be amazing. ACK is the best

  35. docm says:

    Agreed, a first aid kit should always be in your yak

  36. James Scott says:

    My friends and I have always loved camping and river fishing. Our annual trip to the Big South Fork, which allows us to do both, is coming up very soon. We always look forward to the trip becuase of the good smallmouth fishing and the remoteness of the area.

  37. Becky says:

    I’m on the river at least 2 or 3 times a week and haven’t been carrying a first aid kit, other than a bandaid and a few Benadryl in case someone has a reaction to a bug bite. Guess I should be carrying more especially if one of us gets a hook stuck on our body.

  38. Jim says:

    Will be doing a 7 day over 100 mile paddle on the Flint River in West Georgia, followed by a week of Boy Scout Summer Camp. Then a week long mission trip. First Aid supplies are always the first thing packed in all of these trips.

  39. Ross says:

    I am a yak fisher junkee!! and i go yakking all over the great lakes area. this summer i plan to take my wife and maybe a freind or 2 to northern penisula of michigan and check out the pictured rock forest preserve. i have a native ultimate 12 with all the do-dads you can possibly think of adding to a kayak. going to need to get the skirts out from storage as i dont really need them for local lakes and rivers. hoping to get some lake trout or salmon on this trip we take. im also taking her entire family to my cabin in northern MN to do some fishing boating swimmin an offroading. a first aid kit would really help to ensure safe passage on my little adventure trips. almost every weekend im in my yak. i just wish i could yak and work at the same time.

  40. We are currently traveling in Alaska. Only first aid needed so far are for blisters.

  41. Emma Lou says:

    I will be cruising the Colorado River in my kayak this summer and maybe taking a trip up to Montana!

  42. Emma Lou says:

    Shared the link on Twitter!

  43. Linda Owens says:

    We are going to go to Stone Mountain and go hiking

  44. Larry Loder says:

    Went skydiving last month and am in CO this week to do some white water rafting and zip lining! Also have a camping trip planned for the latter part of June to do some hiking and fishing!

  45. Tim Karman says:

    Just bought a Liquid Logic Marvel 14.5 and this kit would be a great addition.

  46. Mitch Staub says:

    I teach CPR and First Aid class. This kit would be great to have during my classes to provide an example of what should be included in a first aid kit.

  47. George Marchman says:

    Kayaking a 10-mile swim race in the TN river!

  48. Jack says:

    We are doing a bunch of trips this year, couple done already, doing a two day trip down the Delaware river kayaking, and then in Sept. a two day kayak tournement on the Chesapeake bay.

  49. Jim Carter says:

    I’ll be paddling my new Wilderness Systems Zepher on Mono Lake in California around July 4th and sure would like to not have to buy a new first aid kit.

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