We’ve all been there: You’re opening a can of baked beans when—bam—you cut your finger. Fortunately, a good backcountry first-aid kit comes stocked with the necessary supplies to treat a small cut or abrasion: adhesive bandages, occlusive dressing, gauze, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly, tweezers, a syringe, and nonlatex gloves.
By knowing how to use these essentials, you can properly treat a cut or a scrape. It’s important to take all soft-tissue injuries seriously due to the potential risk of infection: Even a small, seemingly harmless wound can snowball into a larger issue that might warrant an unplanned trip to the hospital. For immediate treatment, when professional care is more than 24 hours away, follow these steps: