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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Posted: April 4, 2014

First aid: What you need for trails, camping trips

Survive a variety of situations anywhere you might travel – from becoming lost to even an injury. By forming a simple, inexpensive, compact kit that you can keep in your hiking, camping or travel bag, it’ll always be there for an emergency situation. This kit contains items designed to help you through a number of situations. Nobody plans to get lost outdoors, or receive a severe cut/injury but when a trail blaze is inadvertently overlooked or hiking partners become separated – it’s peace of mind to have what it takes to make it through the night. Here are the essentials:

This doesn’t have to be an expensive investment. I purchased this simple pouch at an Army Surplus store for $1.99 a couple years back and have added contents over time. Choose your own size, but something that fits in the palm of your hand with room for essentials will surpass.
Needs may vary based on activity and location, but the items listed below are my personal hiking survival kit. Longer trips may contain more crucial and sophisticated items. All of these can be purchased at outdoor retailers or locally at Wal*Mart.
  1. Triple antibiotic ointment (wound treatment)
  2. Fire steel (for fires if matches become wet)
  3. Bear spray (or deterrent against troubled hikers)
  4. Plastic bag with various pain medication for injuries
  5. Iodine prep pads (wound cleaning)
  6. Survival saw (can cut down full grown trees or use as a snare for small game)
  7. Water purification tablets (hydration is key)
  8. Ace wraps (wrap sprains or bandage wounds)
  9. Various band-aids (small cuts)
  10. Towelettes (cleanup)
  11. Fishing hooks and line (for survival and food, not shown)


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