Southern Mom Loves: Prepping for a Family Hike + Build a Custom First Aid Kit!

Prepping for a Family Hike + Build a Custom First Aid Kit!

Monday, July 24, 2017

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Hiking is something I used to love to do and the more rugged the terrain, the better. I've slowed down quite a bit since having kids, but now that they're older, I love to get in a family hike in when we can. Hikes with the family aren't as strenuous as the hikes I would take when I was younger (my body would disagree, lol), but if there's one thing I've learned, it's that accidents can happen anywhere. I always believe it's better to be prepared, so I've put together a list of tips for prepping for a family hike including how to put together a cool custom first aid kit.

When doing a family hike, both my hubs and I will wear a backpack with supplies like food and plenty of water, but I'm also including a fully-stocked first aid kit.

The coolest part is that when I stocked up on my supplies at Target, I got a free bag!

When you shop at Target or online at for first aid supplies, choose 3 participating items and you can get a free first aid bag designed by Joy Cho for J&J!

I chose the classic red bag, but there's also a fashionable pastel bag. Here's how I got mine: 

I went to this page on, added the first aid bag I wanted to my cart, shopped for 3 more items from the list, and the bag was free when I checked out. Cool! My whole first aid kit order came complete and I could just pop the supplies into the bag. Done.

The bag itself is cool because it's got lots of compartments to help keep your kit organized and it holds a lot of supplies. 

Besides the regular first aid supplies, I added a tube of BENGAY® Ultra Strength Cream.

I'm not as young as I used to be and I get a lot more muscle pain than I used to, even when I stretch beforehand, but I refuse to let it stop me.

I rub it on and the pain is gone within a few minutes. It temporarily relieves the minor aches and pains of muscles and joints from a simple backache to arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains. It's a deep, penetrating pain relief that's easy to apply and works fast. Hike on!

Some supplies to consider including in your own first aid kit are:
  • bandages
  • antibiotic ointment
  • tweezers
  • an elastic compression bandage for sprains
  • gauze pads and tape
  • an allergy medicine
  • an anti-itch spray or cream for bug bites
  • medicine for pain
Now that your first aid kit is in the bag, there are other things to think about before going on a hike.


Something to think about when planning a hike is your footwear. Depending on the terrain, you'll need sturdy shoes with a deep tread pattern and they should be well worn-in to guard against blisters. Never hike in new shoes!


The next supply you should be packing is water, and plenty of it! A good rule of thumb is 1 liter of water for every 2 hours of hiking, per person. This will help you replace the fluid you lose from perspiring. Also think about taking an extra bottle for cleaning any scrapes or cuts that happen. It seems like a lot of water to carry, but distributing it between hikers will help to lighten the load.


Again, this depends on how long you'll be hiking, but you should pack protein-rich snacks for each person. Foods like protein bars, nuts, dried fruit, and jerky are all great portable options.

Other items to consider adding to your backpack for a day of hiking with the family are:
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • sunglasses
  • hats
The clothing you wear is something else to think about. Will you be hiking somewhere that branches or brambles could scratch up legs? Consider wearing pants instead of shorts, but everything should be in a light color and in a breathable material like cotton to help you stay as cool as possible.

I hope this post helps you get prepped and get out there this summer. Hiking is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy and now is the time to get out there!


Do you enjoy hiking? What would you include in your kit? I love to read your comments!

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