First Aid Kit for Backpacking

When backpacking it is crucial to have a good first aid kit that you’ll be able to use at any time when you’re in trouble.  I’m a paramedic and have had to rescue people that have gotten stuck on a backpacking trip and they don’t have a first aid kit or any emergency supplies.

Here’s a list of things I would recommend for your kit.  Keep in mind that depending on the length of your trip is how many of each thing you should bring.

    • waterproof bag or box to put everything in
    • various sizes of band-aids
    • a tensor bandage
    • medical tape
    • pressure dressing (large and small)
    • triangular bandage
    • water purification tablets (even if you bring a water purifier you should have a backup)
    • mole skin (to apply to blisters)
    • Polysporin
    • iodine
    • aspirin
    • an anti-histamine (like Benadryl)
    • anti bacterial soap
    • sun screen
    • emergency blanket
    • multi tool with knife
    • a compass
    • matches in a water-proof container
    • medical scissors
    • a needle and thread
    • duct tape
    • a power bar

I hope that you will never need to use your first aid kit, but if you do having everything on this list should enable you to get to safety.


About adventureoutfittingguide

I am an adventurer who works as a paramedic on the side. I love being in the wilderness hiking, canoeing, biking or anything that gets me outside in the beautiful wilderness.
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6 Responses to First Aid Kit for Backpacking

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  2. Very nice information.

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  5. Dawn Break says:

    The time and effort spent to pack first aid supplies is minimal, but too often overlooked. Any small injury can turn a fun adventure into a miserable experience. Be prepared.

    Good list, and thanks for sharing.

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