Backpacking First Aid Kit List

Katherine Town
Crescent Beach, British Columbia

This is a small kit that will fit into the smallish size zip lock bags.

It is lightweight and you can throw it in your backpack when you are hiking, have it with you at your meeting, keep one in your car, etc. It is inexpensive , too. It is separate from a survival kit.

  • Use two Ziplock bags, approximately 8" x 7".
  • Put into the first one:
  • triangular bandage
  • paper
  • pencil
  • gauze
  • tape
  • sanitary napkin (great for absorbing blood from a wound that is bleeding profusely)
  • elastoplast
  • bandaids
  • moleskin
  • 25 cents
  • alcohol wipes
  • tweezers
  • safety pins
  • Q-tips
  • crepe bandage
    baking soda.

You will also need a small container of clean water, but I suggest you carry it separately from your first aid supplies, as it tends to leak and get them soggy! (having learned this the hard way!!).

Take the second Ziplock bag, and put it over the first, but the other way, so the opening is at the other end. If you use just one bag, it tends to get easily punctured--two seems to give it enough strength so that it holds together.

Jen Alexander
Link, Mapleway Area, Waterloo Division, Central District Waterloo, Ontario

A condom is a great carrier of water! Holds about one litre. Be sure to get the non-lubricated kind. :)

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