If you take part in a sport, whether an individual or a team sport, you have to prepare for injuries. Unfortunately, they are just a part of life for the athlete. Even when you seemingly do everything right, and do your best to take every precaution accidents happen. While, you are never really prepared for them, having the right first aid equipment on hand can help you get back in the game, or at least provide relief. Learn more about first aid kits and how to choose the right one for your needs by reading on.
The size of the kit often depends on the sport you take part in. If you enjoy hiking in the woods, you would carry along a smaller sized kit than the coach of a kids football team who would need a larger kit. If you just need a kit to take to the gym with you, you could opt for a small bag that can be tossed into your gym bag. On the other hand, team first aid kits have to be large in order to hold multiples of everything in the kit.
Choosing the kit
You have the option of putting a first aid kit together yourself, or buying an all-in-one kit. If you’re building your own kit choose a sturdy bag that can stand up to the wear and tear that it might experience during your adventures. If you swim, raft, or take part in other sports around the water, your kit should be waterproof. Make sure that your bag has plenty of compartments so that you can keep your supplies neat and organized.
An all-in-one kit has the advantage of coming prepackaged with all of the supplies that you’ll need. However, it’s always a good idea to make sure that the kit has some extra compartments case you want to add to it. These kits often work out to be less expensive than if you put it together yourself, and you have the added benefit of knowing that you’re not going to forget something.
Whether you put together your own kit or buy one already made, there are certain components that you should have in the kit.
- bandages in assorted sizes
- antiseptic ointment
- pain relief tablets
- ice packs
- medical tape
- elastic bandage
- a small flashlight
Keep this information handy so that you can find the best first aid kit for your needs.