What To Carry In A MTB First Aid Kit

What To Carry In A MTB First Aid Kit


– Mountain biking, like
all sports, has its risks. Now, you could be pinning
it down a trail at speed, navigating through some techy rock areas, or even just trying to
get your bike out the car. Accidents can happen, so it’s really important
for you to be prepared, and have a handy first aid kit available. So in this video we’re gonna go through the essentials that
you should have on you, and then, if you’re looking
to do bigger excursions, of what extra things you should have available in your first aid bag. (upbeat music) – [Biker] Oh, (bleep), windy! Oh what the (bleep)? Who the (bleep) put that there? – Now don’t forget, these are just a few essential items for your first aid pack, but if you really want to learn how to use them properly, and be a qualified first aider, then book yourself onto a first aid course in your local area. Now, first aid kits don’t have to be heavy, clunky briefcases that you see dotted around schools and offices. You can actually get them
in any different size, but all of them will contain
a few key essential items. Now, you can choose to
buy your own first aid kit pre-made for you, a bit like this one, and there are plenty
of brands on the market doing some really good ones. However, the downside with these is that sometimes they can come with items that you don’t actually need, and they take up valuable space and weight in your backpack. So, you can always make your own, it could be a little bit cheaper, but this way you get to
tailor it specifically for your own needs. (slow ambient music) First up, adhesive bandages, or plasters. Now, cuts and grazes are really common in mountain biking, and
some of the small ones should still be treated as an open wound, so you want to get it protected and covered by something like this. This will prevent any other
dirt or bacteria getting in, and can reduce the risk
of getting an infection. Now, adhesive bandages come in a variety of sizes for you to choose from, so it’s good to have an
assortment in your first aid pack. Now, for larger wounds,
adhesive bandages just won’t do, so you need to get yourself some gauze, which is essentially clean cotton wadding that absorbs and protects
and covers an open wound. Now, this can also come in a
variety of different sizes, so be sure, again, to
have a few different ones in your first aid pack. Now, to complement this, a roll of bandage. So this will work, wrap around
the wound with the gauze, and keep it in place. Now you can tie it off to keep it firm, but don’t tie it too tight. Now, having a clean pair of
gloves in your first aid pack is essential, and this
is because you don’t want to contaminate any wounds,
whether they’re your own, or someone else’s, and it also
means that you get to keep all the sterile dressings,
that you have in your pack, clean when you’re using them. Antiseptic wipes are another
really important thing to have in your first aid pack. Now, these are really just
for disinfecting yourself, so you can just disinfect your hands before you start dealing with any wounds, or any casualties. Common mountain bike injuries
usually involve your arms. Now, this is because, when
you crash off your bike, you automatically just put your arms out to protect your head and your chest from falling to the ground, so it’s quite common for
wrists, elbows, shoulders, collarbones, or to take a big hit, so this is why having a good sling in your first aid pack is quite
an essential for us riders. A sling is a triangular
piece of cloth that you can wrap around to keep your
arm close to the chest. However, if you don’t have
one to hand that’s fine, because you’re probably going to have an inner tube in your pack, and an inner tube works just as well. Now, there are just a few dry essentials that make the foundation
of your first aid pack, but if you’re gonna be
doing longer days out, or multi-day excursions, then there are a few more items that you should really
consider packing as well. Now, having a good pair
of medical scissors is quite important, because
if you have excess gauze or if you need to cut an
adhesive bandage to fit a wound, then those scissors are
perfect for the job. Safety pins are really important as well. Now, these will secure
dressings that you’ve made, or slings, and bandages, for when knots aren’t really that suitable. Mountain biking, forests,
trees, dirt, grit, grime, you’re gonna go some kind of splinter or subsurface matter into
your skin, so, tweezers. They are great to have
in your first aid pack. If you want to add a little extra security to your adhesive bandage, or if you’ve got it in an awkward place where it keeps lifting up, then get yourself some microporous tape to add into your first aid pack as well. Now, if you don’t have any
microporous tape on you, you can use electrical tape and duct tape, which is something most of
us will have on us anyway. Now, if you’re gonna
go on a full adventure and I mean you’re gonna
be out in the wild, days on end, in the middle of nowhere, and far away from quick medical aid, then you’ll want to get yourself
a couple of extra things that could literally save your life. First of all is a thermal blanket. Now, they’re not too expensive, but if you do find
yourself out in the open, and you’ve got a problem, whether you’ve got a first-day problem, or a mechanical problem, and you’re gonna be out for a while, then you are gonna be prone to suffering from symptoms of exposure, so these thermal blankets really wrap around your whole body, and they keep you warm and dry. They’re waterproof, they’re
lightweight, flexible, as you can see, they’re not even that big, so if you’re going to be off in the wild, do make sure you have one
of these with you as well. Now, if you’re gonna out for a few days, and you are stuck, especially if you get
stuck outside overnight, it’s really important that
you have a survival bag similar to this one. Now, it’s a little bit like
the thermal blanket before, only this is an actual bag
that you get inside of, and it can hold up to
two people at a time, so this will keep you
warm, it will keep you dry, and it will keep you safe
from the elements outside. Now, in addition to all these items, you can tailor it for yourself by adding any medication
that you’re actually on, whether that’s antihistamines,
hay fever tablets, ibuprofen, epi pens,
add them into your pack, because it is for you, essentially. Now, once you have your pack together, and it’s all completed,
and you’re happy with it, make sure it is in a waterproof pouch. Something like this, which
is quite a sturdy plastic, and then you can add this
one into another pouch, a bit like this, which
is brightly colored, and quite small, but make sure it is easily accessible in your backpack. Now, this first aid kit is really for taking out on the trails in your backpack, so it’s a really good idea to have a more comprehensive kit in the car, waiting for you when you get back there, and another one at home as well. These first aid items are really just to get you down the trail, and to a health care professional. So, if you like this
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