Most reported soft tissue injuries involve cuts, scrapes, burns, or blisters, but blisters are by far the most common. BLISTERS È Pack Bandages, duct tape, moleskin, antibiotic ointment
È Prevent Break in footwear, keep feet dry (change socks after accidental submersions or big sweats if necessary), and address hot spots immediately. È Treat Apply duct tape, medical tape, or Moleskin to hot spots. Too late? 1. Clean bubble-ups with soap and water. 2. If you think it’ll burst in your boot, pop with a f lame-sterilized needle or knife. 3. Apply antibiotic ointment. Bandage with a donut-shaped piece of moleskin. 4. Cover in tape.
CUTS & SCRAPES È Pack Bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment
È Prevent Cut away from yourself when prepping food or firewood, and store sharp objects in your pack with care.
È Treat Flush grit from the wound with about a liter of water
(nip the corner off a plastic bag, fill with water, and squeeze to create a jet). Got a bleeder? After cleaning, hold gauze over the wound and apply firm pressure. If the gauze soaks through, add more. When bleeding stops, bandage to hold the gauze in place.
BURNS È Pack Bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment
È Prevent Cook on a flat surface, and arrange all ingredients and utensils in a semicircle within arm’s reach to prevent accidental knock-overs
È Treat Run cold water over the burn for 10 minutes to cool, then clean, apply antibiotic ointment, and wrap with gauze. Evacuate if you get a severe infection— you’ll see little red lines trailing away from the injured area, a sign of inflamed blood vessels. Plus, it’ll be painful to the touch.