Wilderness First Aid

A basic knowledge of wilderness first aid is an emergency essential for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Understanding fundamental wilderness medicine can be the difference between two very different memories of a trip and potentially surviving. With a touch of preparedness you can make sure blisters, sprains, ticks or poisonous plants don't ruin your time in the outdoors. Don't get caught off guard! Plan for the best of situations, but be ready if the worst occurs.

Do It Yourself Day Hiking First Aid Kit

Learn how to build your own do it yourself first aid kit that is perfect of day hiking and car camping.

Causes and Symptoms of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

The basics of staying hydrated

Learn how to stay hydrated, the symptoms of dehydration and potential complications.

How to treat a sunburn.

How to treat a sunburn

Follow these simple instructions to learn how to treat a sunburn while you hiking, backpacking or camping.

How to treat a blister

  1. Do It Yourself Day Hiking First Aid Kit

Learn how to properly a treat a blister while hiking, backpacking or camping.

How to treat mild cases of hypothermia

Learn the basics of how to treat a person who may be slipping into hypothermia. This is life saving skill for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Causes and Symptoms of Hypothermia

  1. Causes and Symptoms of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion
  2. How to treat a sunburn

Learn the causes and how to treat hypothermia. Following a few simple steps may save yours or someone else's life.

Basic Frostbite Treatment

  1. Causes and Symptoms of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Learn how to properly treat mild frostbite and frostnip.

How to prevent yourself from getting frostbite

Learn the proper steps for frostbite prevention.

The Stages of Frostbite

Learn the three stages of frostbite

Causes and Symptoms of Frostbite

  1. Causes and Symptoms of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Learn what frostbite is, it's causes and the symptoms of frostbite.

How to treat a cut, scrape or abrasion

  1. Do It Yourself Day Hiking First Aid Kit

Learn how to treat a cut or abrasion while hiking or camping. Follow these wilderness first aid techniques to ensure a minor injury does not get worse.

Splinter Removal

Learn how to properly remove a splinter while you are hiking or camping.

How to treat a burn

  1. Do It Yourself Day Hiking First Aid Kit

Learn how to treat a burn while you hiking or camping. Follow these steps for the proper treatment of 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

Learn the signs of infection.

Signs of Infection

  1. Do It Yourself Day Hiking First Aid Kit

Learn the signs of infection. Find a list symptoms that mean your minor injury may be getting infected.

Bee Sting Treatment

  1. Causes and Symptoms of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Learn how to treat a bee sting with these step by step instructions.

Types of ticks and diseases you need to know for you and your pets safety.

Seven types of ticks and diseases you should know

Learn how to identify seven dangerous types of ticks and the diseases they carry for the safety of you and your pets.

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How to remove a tick

  1. Do It Yourself Day Hiking First Aid Kit

Learn how to remove a tick. Follow these simple steps so when a tick bites you or your dog while hiking, you know the proper method of removing a tick.

Avoiding Tick Bites.

How to avoid a tick bite when hiking

  1. Good and Bad Wilderness Water Sources
  2. How to treat a sunburn
  3. Watch for these indications of a possible flash flood

Learn the best ways avoid a tick bite. There are many different types of ticks in North America. Avoiding them will help you avoid the hospital.

Poison Oak: Prevention, Symptoms, Treatment.

How to treat a poison oak rash

Learn the symptoms of and how to prevent and treat a poison oak rash.

How to prevent blisters

Learn how to prevent blisters. Stop blisters from occurring before they ruin your next hike.