Flexible spending accounts (FSA) are a win when it comes to buying supplies. Using these tax free funds is the perfect way to expand your emergency supplies for the outdoors and they can be ordered online from the comfort of your own home.
For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of hiking essentials that you’re able to buy using your tax free funds:
First Aid Kits
Make sure that you are ready for your outdoor adventure by ordering a first aid kit. This outdoor pack contains essential items and tools that help to patch up wounds and lacerations. Surviveware has FSA approved first aid kits that embrace extreme weather changes and rugged outdoor environments.
You can check them out here.
Feeling under the weather in the middle of a hike can be a downer, so pack pain relief, aspirin, and OTC allergy medication for your trek. It’s also good practice to keep motion sickness medication for companions and family members who have sensitive stomachs.
Having a tube of itch cream in your bag is essential. It will help calm insect bites and reduce itching. Take note that insect sprays are not eligible for FSA reimbursement.
Eyeglasses and Contacts
For eyeglass and contact lens wearers, you can purchase your contact lenses, drops, saline solution and glasses with FSA dollars.
Sunscreen and Sunscreen Lip Balm
Sunscreen doesn’t come cheap and even though it’s cooler outdoors, you still need to lather up with it. The great news is that sunscreens and lip balms, SPF15 or higher, are FSA-eligible.
Additional first aid supplies
You’ll need to check supplies and replenish bandages, gauze, swabs, tapes, and other wound care products as we all know that accidents happen. All of these items can be purchased using your tax-free money. You can also purchase a full first aid kit if you still don’t have one. It’s better to start with a full kit and then replenish as you go.
Without realizing it, you may have enough funds to refill your dwindling fall hiking essentials, so take some time today to check on this.