It’s becoming that time of the year when we all start planning the last big mountain bike trip of the season. Many of us head to the desert to catch the autumn weather, others head to the hills to catch the fall foliage. Regardless of where you’re going don’t skimp on the details! A properly planned mountain bike first-aid trail kit can make or break your trip!
Your trail pack should have the ability to carry your life source, water! Any Camelbak or hydration backpack with a minimum 70 oz. reservoir will work (think 20 oz. per hour of riding). Be sure to choose a pack that has additional storage to carry your bike tools and first aid supplies. Regardless of how long your ride is, you need to carry these essentials:
- 1. Food! Trail mix, Clif products, or energy bars. Try to consume about 200 calories per hour.
- 2. Multi Tool: 4, 5, 6 mm allen keys, screw drivers, and a chain tool are necessities. A Torx set and Swiss Army Knife give even more versatility.
- 3. Extra Parts: An inner tube, patch kit, tire levers, hand pump or CO2, master link, derailleur hanger, zip ties, and a little duct tape will go a long way!
The items listed above will get your bike out of the woods but what if something goes wrong with you or a riding buddy? A little extra weight in your pack will pay dividends if an unfortunate situation arises. As you gear-up, keep the following items on hand:
- 4. Band Aids
- 5. Gauze Pads
- 6. Waterproof Tape
- 7. Butterfly Closures
- 8. Antibiotic Cream
- 9. Gloves
- 10. Tegaderm
- 11. SAM Splints
If you’re heading out into the backcountry or on a trail less traveled, a few extra emergency items will help keep you alive in the worst situations.
- 12. Emergency Space Blanket
- 13. Water Purification Tablets
- 14. Lighter
- 15. GPS
The initial investment of an MTB First-Aid Kit might seem excessive, but it is always better to have too much than too little!