What’s in My First Aid Kit for Hiking

Accidents happen… be prepared to deal with them by taking a first aid kit with medical supplies. This is what I carry.

The size of your first aid kit will depend upon the length of your journey and the size of the group that it is meant to treat. Ideally, each hiker will carry their own first aid kit with items specific to their needs.

I’ve taken the NOLS Wilderness First Aid certification course twice and it helped me discover what I needed for first aid. I highly recommend that every hiker take one of these courses. The basic class is usually held for eight hours over two days, but this can vary based on where the class is held.

First Aid Kit

first aid for hiking & backpacking

This is my basic first aid kit for backpacking:

  • antiseptic towlettes for cleaning wounds
  • first aid tape
  • stretch bandage
  • moleskin
  • tweezers
  • antibiotic ointment
  • syringe for cleaning wounds
  • disposable gloves
  • gauze pads
  • assorted bandages
  • Second Skin burn gel
  • semi-transparent bandage for large wounds
  • Wilderness first aid pocket guide
  • assorted mix of over the counter medications, including antihistamine, anti-diarrhea tablets, ibuprofen and personal prescriptions
  • Salt Stick electrolytes: I tend to sweat a lot when hiking, and replacing electrolytes is essential. I like these capsules better than adding a powder mix to water. This product contains the same breakdown of minerals as your sweat: sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium, plus vitamin D.
  • Ezy Dose Pill Pouches: mini plastic bags for first aid pharmacy
    Instead of purchasing various pills in travel packets, I use these tiny plastic bags to customize what I take based on medications from my home supplies.


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