CYCLING FIRST AID ESSENTIALS – WHAT TO PACK
First aid boxes are essential companions of your journey, you must have a first aid box in your house, car and any other adventure. Small cuts, injuries, bruises or sprains can be immediately addressed by the basic components that a fundamental first aid box carries. For some cycling is a routine activity, for others a hobby or passion and for some career! The need of first aid box in your cycling gear is very substantial and essential especially because cycling is a sport with risk of injury even for professional cyclers. You can get minor bruises and injury slipping from your bike on a road or track. A good cycler should be prepared for all such emergency situations.
What kind of cycler are you?
- It is important to figure out what type of cycling you experience in your daily routine. There are many varieties in cycling from basic road cycling to adventurous biking in woods. The type of routine you have will help you determine the size and basic essentials in cycling first aid box.
- A basic cycling first aid essential must have common items like band aids, small gauze pads, waterproof tape, anti-itch cream, anti-biotic ointment, sunblock and common antiseptic wipe packets, aspirin etc. As a cycler, your kit should be well stocked but also well packed and placed in your cycle.
- There are some additions in your cycling first aid kit in case you have allergies or breathing problems. In that case, you must carry analgesic, anti-allergic drugs or creams, inhaler for minor asthma (patients of asthma should avoid cycling). You must carry the type of medication or ointment needed by you in some medical condition.
Mountain and wood biking:
Mountain biking is entirely different form routine road biking. There is more chance of getting injured and hurt severely in this sport. You should be ready to face any unfavourable situation. Firstly because if you are biking on a track then you would be rescued soon after the accident but if you are riding in wild on your own then pack a very well-stocked cycling first aid kit. I recommend to include some additional essentials in your basic kit. Stock transparent dressing, analgesic sprays, scissor, adhesive cloth tape, adhesive bandages and butterfly closures. Besides a well-stocked first aid kit, carry proper cycling gear including a GPS tracker switched on to make your rescue fast in case of very serous injuries. Carry your cell phone charged and emergency dialling easily accessible.
Cycling first aid kits available in market:
There are many stores which sell compact and well stocked cycling first aid kit for routine and professional bikers. Purchase a kit most suited for your cycling and make sure you carry it with you all the time. Some available kits are: Brave Soldier crash pack, Tagaderm and SAM Splints.
Wilderness first aid classes:
Equipment without knowledge does no benefit, so it is better to take some first aid classes or training workshops to prepare yourself for basic emergencies, CPR etc. These short training courses are offered in many colleges and rescue organizations for very reasonable cost.
I hope you have a safe cycling experience and if faced by some emergency then won’t panic but calmly deal with the situation in best possible way. Stay safe and have a very nice cycling journey!
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