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September 20, 2023 2 min read

Fall is here, and with it comes the warm hues of leaves, cozy sweaters, and a ton of ways to spend some quality time outside with the kids. 

From pumpkin picking to those crackling bonfires, there's an undeniable charm about this season. 

While diving headfirst into these activities, it'll make your life a bit easier if you’re equipped to handle any surprises. After all, a little preparation can make all the difference.

Pumpkin Picking:

Ah, the joys of finding that perfect pumpkin! But amidst the excitement, there are potential bumps in the road. Common injuries like cuts from sharp objects, sprains from an uneven patch, or insect stings can dampen the fun. 

First Aid Tips:

- For cuts: Cleanse with antiseptic wipes, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover with a breathable bandage.

- Sprains: Rest the injured area, apply ice to reduce swelling, and keep it elevated. If the pain persists, a visit to the doctor is advised.

- Insect stings: Remove the stinger gently, wash the area, and apply a cold pack. An antihistamine can help if there's an allergic reaction.

Attending Bonfires:

There's something magical about gathering around a fire, singing songs, and sharing stories. Yet, fire is unpredictable. The downside: common mishaps like burns or smoke inhalation can occur.

First Aid Tips:

- Burns: Run cold water over minor burns. Avoid applying ice and consider using a burn ointment. For severe burns, seek medical attention immediately.

- Smoke Inhalation: Move to fresh air immediately and breathe deeply. If someone is feeling dizzy or struggling to breathe, get medical help right away.


Nature trails and the rustling sound of dry leaves underfoot - fall hiking is a dream. However, it's not without its set of challenges. Sprains, fractures, and even tick bites can be unexpected companions on a trail.

First Aid Tips:

- Sprains: Apart from the R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate) method, consider wearing a brace or wrap to support the injured area.

- Tick Bites: Remove the tick gently with tweezers, clean the area, and monitor for symptoms like rash or fever.

Other Common Fall Activities:

Other joys of fall, like hayrides and navigating corn mazes, can bring minor injuries, like bruises or scrapes. As long as you’ve got the first aid basics down, we encourage you to get out there, be brave, and be adventurous!


Fall is a mosaic of activities and memories waiting to be made. 

While we dive into this beautiful season, expect your kids to have a few scrapes and knocks – after all, it’s part of growing up! Take time to prepare now so you can focus on having fun, faster.

Want to be ready for anything? Carry a well-stocked first-aid kit with you, like the KEEP>GOING First Aid Kits. 

These kits are tailored for real-life surprises, ensuring you're always prepared. So, enjoy every pumpkin, every firelit night, and every hike. Stay prepared, and keep going and keep having fun. 


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