What Needs to Go into Your Backpacking First Aid Kit?



A backpacking first aid kit is a slimmed down version of a car camping first aid kit.

Because weight and space are at

a premium you need to really

decide what you have to take with you.

Wrapping an ankle

Make sure you have checked expiry dates on medicines, and any liquids are carefully wrapped.

We also suggest wrapping some duct tape around your magnifying glass to save weight and space.

Duct tape is an invaluable item especially hiking as it has hundreds of uses.



This first aid information is based on our family's experience and what we normally take with us. Use this first aid kit list as a guide and modify it for your family's needs.

  • cotton swabs or balls
  • bandages of all sizes
  • alcohol
  • tweezers
  • antibacterial lotion
  • over the counter allergy relief
  • joint and muschle pain relief
  • tensor wrap
  • thermometer
  • matches
  • cold compresses
  • magnifying glass
  • disposable warm packs
  • duct tape
  • multi use utility knife
  • emergency blanket
  • ear and eye drops
  • pocket mirror




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