If you want to fully enjoy the race without unnecessary complications, it is good to have your first aid kit - your box of last resort - at hand. Learn what this useful kit should contain to support us through every step of the race and bring us to the finish line from Matyáš Palan, a pharmacist at BENU.

  • 1. Blister-Free Feet

Tested shoes with quality socks are essential. Some runners additionally apply vaseline to their feet, but the most important thing is to immediately change into flip-flops or slippers after running so that the foot can air out properly. But what to do if we get a blister while running?

Before starting treatment , clean hands are essential. Never tear off the top layer of the blister, and if nothing rubs against the wound, we should not cover it. Before the next run, it is good to cover the blister with a hydrocolloid plaster or bandage. A plaster attached to dry skin can last for another two legs.

  • 2. No surprises from wasps or dust

Eye drops are often overlooked in the first aid kit, while sting gel and allergy medication are almost standard equipment. When running in nature, it’s hard to remember how quickly the experience can collapse due to unpleasant surprises such as flies or dust in the eyes. For that reason, eye drops designed to rinse the eyes and quickly soothe irritation are more than a welcome aid for runners, especially immediately after running.

  • 3. Muscle cramps won't stop us

Because not all muscles can handle such demanding physical activity, muscle cramps are quite common. To prevent them, dietary supplements containing magnesium can help, especially in soluble form, which is most suitable for runners. A massage roller is another great tool as it stimulates and relaxes sore muscles. Just take one with you, maybe in the car, and everyone will be able to manage their recovery with it. We should also have anti-inflammatory gel and painkillers on hand to relieve us from any strained muscles or headache pain.

  • 4. First aid kit for all occasions

The first aid kit should also include tape, bandages, and disinfectant. It’s good to have activated charcoal and motion sickness medication ready as well. Don’t forget sunscreen, tweezers, and healing ointment, either. Thanks to them, ticks or minor scrapes won’t delay us in the next stage of the journey. Two days on the road can be demanding even without physical activity, so it’s good to be prepared for all possibilities.

Although medical assistance is nearby, carrying important items with us for injury or difficulty is a reasonable and practical measure. This way, we can avoid serious complications later and enjoy the race to the fullest.

  • 5. Handoff points to the rescue

If a problem arises and your personal first aid kit is not enough, don’t worry! There is an emergency bag with most of the necessary materials at each handoff point. Just ask the race staff and our first aid kit will be available to you. Nevertheless, we hope you won’t end up needing anything at all!

If you want to restock your own personal first aid kit, you can take advantage of a special 10% discount on your first purchase in the BENU app.
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