A lot of us experience it, some more so than others. Knee Pain is a battle many hikers, runners, cyclists, and many outdoor enthusiasts face. For me, the most common is pain localized around the kneecaps. This type of pain can most is often be caused by Chondromalacia, Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome, or what is more commonly referred to as, “runner’s knee.” Pain caused by this problem worsen when walking up or down stairs, walking uphill, running, jumping or activities that create situations where the knee supports the weight of your body while your leg is straightened.
Every backpacking trip I go on, I make sure that I pack a small bottle of hand sanitizer. It's small and packable. I usually keep it in my ditty bag. Either buy it in bulk and put it in a reusable container or buy the little bottles pictured on the right (then buy in bulk and refill it).
The primary active ingredient in hand sanitizer is ethanol. Ethanol kills 99.99% of the bacteria it comes in contact with, Hand sanitizer also contains isopropyl alcohol. The first obvious use is to clean your hands.I Squirt some on and rub it all over after filtering water from a stream or lake. Clean your hands before mealtime, and after you use the privvy. For health purposes, it's important that you burn this routine into your mind so you don't catch a bug that can ruin your trip.
Hand sanitizer can also be used as a convenient fire starter in an emergency. It can be used to clean utensils and sterilize equipment like sporks and knives. It can clean scrapes and small wounds to help prevent infection.
It is important that you buy the unscented variety of hand sanitizer. Anything scented will attract animals, like bears, which can mistake unnatural scents for food.
Store purchased first aid kits can tend to be expensive and heavy. Here is an easy DIY for you to assemble your own first aid kit. Chances are, you've got most this stuff lying around your home. Altogether, this kit weighs 3.8 oz so above all, it's ultralight.