Friday, June 4, 2010

Hiking & Backpacking First Aid Kit

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“For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.”  ~Eleanor Everet

So if your like me you have some sort of a first aid kit in your pack, and probably only look in it when you are on the trail and need something, then discover you used your last one (of whatever it is your looking for) on your last trip.  Tomorrow I’m flying to Denver for a wedding and following the wedding will be doing some backpacking in the Rocky Mountains.  Since I have to check my backpack on the plane, I figured I better look what’s in the first aid kit and make sure it is OK to bring on the plane.  It’s  good opportunity to refill it and replace any old stuff anyway.  I sometime leave out a few of these things to reduce the weight.  If I’m hiking with a group, I can sometime bring much less.  Solo or with my children, I feel comfortable with this.

So here is what I have in mine:


  • Ibuprofen tables (Motrin)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Nasal decongestant (Sudafed)
  • Diphenhydramine HCI (Benadryl)
  • Tylenol Cold
  • Zantac 75
  • Pepcid
  • Gas X
  • Cough drops
  • Burn gel (1 blister pack)
  • Chloraseptic strips
  • Anbesol Toothache pain killer

Basic Care & Wounds:

  • Sunscreen lotion (2 blister packs)
  • Neosporin (3 blister packs)
  • Benzoin Tincture
  • Antiseptic Towelettes
  • Moleskin
  • Blister bandages
  • Sting Relief Pad (Benzocaine)
  • Ace Bandage
  • Medical tape
  • Small magnifying glass
  • Dental floss
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins (2)
  • Contact lenses
  • Aquamira water purification tabs
  • BreatheRight stips
  • Assorted bandages


  1. Can't add to it. Seems pretty comprehensive. I don't believe, however UL you want to go, that you can cut weight on a First Aid kit although probably would not have cough drops for a 2-3 day trip or indeed a separate toothache painkiller - ibuprofen worked well for me the one time I needed it for that. Gas X? Never even thought of that - some of the time we've been eating re-hydrated meals we could probably have done with it...!!

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