I often talk to people on Meetup hikes who confess to not carring a First Aid kit. This is a mistake and an important part of your 10 Essentials. Please remember, Seattle Outdoor Adventurer's organizers are not trained First Aid experts.
If you are injured during a group Meetup, it is appropriate to use your First Aid kit even if someone else is administering the First Aid. Do not depend on others. Always carry a First Aid kit that is well planned based on your needs.
To start, I recommend buying a ready-made First Aid kit. It to doesn’t need to be expensive either. Then decide what in addition you need to carry. For example, if a bee sting causes you serious allergic reaction, supplement your First Aid kit with an EpiPen®.
Always remember, other gear you carry can also be useful in First Aid. Good gear always has multiple uses. Here are a few examples:
o Clean Bandanas® can be used to dress wounds
o Extra clothing and emergency blankets can be used to keep shock victims warm
o Hiking poles can be used as a splint in case of bone fracture
o Aspirin® can be used on help save a heart attack victim’s life
If someone in your Meetup group becomes injured or decapitated, please work as a team to administer First Aid. This is very important. Injuries that are not critical in the city can be life threatening in the mountains, especially backpacking. Teamwork saves lives.