With the development of so many off road trails it has become quite easy to be “remote” on your bike fairly quickly. When you choose to go places on your bike that help can’t get to quickly there has to be some self responsibility. A simple part of that is your first aid management.
What is in a First Aid Kit for Biking?
To follow is a list of what is important to take with you when you or your family go riding for 2 or more days. How much or how big your kit gets depends on whether your bike trail takes you through urban areas (access to medical help or a pharmary) like on the WestCoast Wilderness Trail. Compare that to riding The Heaphy or Old Ghost Road.
It’s a good idea to start with a compact bike specific kit then add to it what you think would be helpful – depending on the size of your group. Otherwise you could take 2 compact kits.
- triangular & crepe bandages
- blister plaster
- sterile adhesive & non-adhesive dressings
- sterile wound dressing
- sterile skin closures
- cleansing wipes
- eye wash/wound irrigation
- strapping tape
- survival blanket (one for each person in group)
- pocket knife
- CPR shield
- splinter probe
- safety pins, cotton buds
- anti-flam cream
- chamois cream
- pain killers
- insect repellant (optional)
- whistle, cell phone &/or responder beacon, if backcountry touring with no cell phone coverage
Where should I carry it? Think easy, quick access so don’t pack it at the bottom of a bag. A first aid & emergency kit would be best in a handlebar bag/frame bag/seat bag. Positioned near the top.