Do you need to take a First Aid Kit?
If you are riding with kids…yes. They are unpredictable and you will need to get them home… covering the wounds can work wonders to change there focus. If you are mountain biking …yes, there is always potential for injury. Assessing the length of your ride, how many riders, there age and how far you are away from help will help determine your need for a First Aid Kit. We suggest any bike trip that takes you more than an hour away from help requires self responsibility so a First Aid Kit.
How many days is your bike ride?
How many days you need a kit for will directly relate to how big it needs to be. A compact portable bike first aid kit should cover you for everyday biking situations with the kids and/or a simple overnight trip. If you are going further – 2 days or more and at the end of each day you have access to your car, keep a refill bag in it. Or if you have access to supermarkets/pharmacies just take a compact portable kit and refill what you use.
If you are touring/racing/bike packing for more than 2-3 days, consider adding a Chamois Cream to your provisions. Preventing or relieving any kind of skin irritations where your body meets the bike seat will become more and more important over time.
What supplies do you need in your kit?
A bike specific first aid kit has done the work for you. It will cater for the most common biking injuries and consider what you need to keep you safe. Find out what you should be carrying in… Basic First Aid Kit for Biking Injuries. First Aid & Emergency Kit for Bike Touring
How many riders?
Bike first aid kits are designed to be portable which is great but this compact size means that they only suit 1 to 2 people – see Basic First Aid Kit for Bike Injuries. If your group is large or mainly consists of kids and the kit you are taking needs to cater for everyone you will need to bulk out the basics. Take extra dressings, plasters & sterile wipes from your refill supplies. Alternatively you could take 2 kits – 2 different members should carry the kit.
How will you carry your First Aid Kit?
If you have a bike specific first aid kit it will compact, portable and lightweight so can be carried on you (in a backpack) for day rides. For multi day rides we recommend getting as much as you can off your back and onto your bike – handlebar bag, frame bag, seatpost bag. Make sure your first aid supplies are quick to get access to and you know who is carrying the kit.
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Refill immediately after you use your kits contents
A common issue, we use those plasters while out on the trail… you get home and away goes the kit and it is not until you need it the next time their is an injury on the trail… but you don’t have enough plasters. Not refilling when you use stuff leads to a depleted kit and not having what you need, when you need it. Buy a refill kit when you buy your first aid kit so that it’s ready
Familiarise yourself with your First Aid Kit contents
It is not just about having a first aid kit and carrying it but also knowing what’s in it and how to use it. Familiarise yourself with the kit when you purchase it. Any multi day trips you undertake may require you to help in an emergency – would you know what to do? If not gain some knowledge about first aid. For help with hypothermia read our story First Aid & Emergency Kit for Bike Touring
Always tell someone
Always tell someone where you are going, how far you are going and for how long. If you are riding alone or alone with your kids this is a must for every ride.