It’s that time of the year!
No doubt about it: Motorcycling is a physically demanding activity. And, as with many different bodily activities — hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, you call it — your protection relies upon on getting ready the proper way. That’s why it’s so critical to have a bike first aid package accessible when you need it.
What is in a motorcycle first aid kit and how can you get it? Although there are some ready-made kits now available, a rider can usually save some money by putting together their own motorcycle first aid kit. We will give you detailed information on how to proceed.
Why you need a first aid kit for your motorcycle:
You are exposed to certain dangers while riding a motorcycle. Burns, cuts, scrapes, insect bites and scratches are common.In addition, we all know that serious injuries such as fractures and head injuries could occur.
If you or someone in your group are injured, treat the injury as best you can. In many cases, first aid is the best way to keep the injured person from getting much worse while you seek medical help.
It is important to understand that a first aid kit is not a substitute for adequate medical care. Anyone who has been in an accident or has been seriously injured should always be examined by a doctor.
Twelve Essential Items for a Motorcycle First Aid Kit
Here is an overview of a basic motorcycle first aid kit. Pretty lightweight and an advantage if you pack it in your motorcycle luggage. Get a flexible waterproof bag that will hold everything so you can keep your gear together.
For minor cuts and scratches, pack some simple adhesive bandages in a few shapes and sizes.
- Aspirin or Tylenol
Sometimes a few aspirin tablets are enough to relieve a gnawing headache or other pain while you are on the road, so pack a few tablets.
- Nitrile Gloves
These are the blue gloves that are used by doctors and other healthcare professionals. They are more resilient and puncture-resistant than typical latex gloves and cause far fewer allergic reactions.
- Emergency Blanket
If you get stuck on the side of the road on a cold day, a rescue blanket can help prevent hypothermia. They are extremely small so there is no excuse not to have one!
- Antibiotic Ointment
These ointments, which have brand names like Neosporin, prevent wounds from becoming infected.
You may need tweezers which are perfect to pull out a splinter, a piece of glass or any number of other things that could get stuck in your skin
- First Aid Manual
It is important to have basic first aid skills that you can call to mind readily. You should have a first aid manual in your kit. These helpful little books provide simple guides to common first aid procedures so that you can have a better idea of how to make the right decision when helping someone.
- Sterile Gauze and Tape
Sterile gauze and tape are perfect for covering a wound that you can’t cover with a bandage. Make sure to clean the area first!
- Burn Ointment
Ideal if you accidentally touch your leg to an exhaust pipe, you simply apply this cream to the burn to help prevent infection and soothe it.
- Insect Sting Ointment
Bites from bees, horseflies and other stinging and biting insects can ruin your ride, guard against them by packing some sting-soothing ointment in case you become a bug’s next victim.
- Antiseptic Wipes
With these disposable wipes you can clean a wound and remove as much dirt and bacteria as possible.
- Instant Cold Pack
Simply squeeze the cold pack as described in the instructions and enjoy icy relief a few seconds later. They are ideal for giving relief to sprains or fractures, and are great for their ease of use.
Other Important Safety Gear
A first aid kit is only one part of the safe ride. Here are some more things you should think about:
-Motorcycle Helmet Communicator: A motorcycle Bluetooth headset equipped with a good pair of motorcycle helmet speakers will keep you in touch with the pack so you can communicate about upcoming hazards. -Motorcycle Protective Clothing: Take a minute to be sure that you have on a proper fitting helmet, jacket, boots and anything else that will keep you from wind or road rash. -Prescription Meds/Medical Devices: Be sure to pack any prescription medicines and medical devices that you may need on the road, such as an EpiPens, nitroglycerin tablets or a blood sugar monitor.