I bought a lightweight first aid kit this year from Adventure Medical Kits to bring on the Appalachian Mountain Club hiking and backpacking trips I lead as a volunteer. I bought a commercial kit instead of just rolling my own because I wanted something that was clearly marked as a first aid kit and that I could easily share out as group gear.
That said, I wouldn’t recommend that you buy this kit for your personal use if you want anything more than an easy-to-grab first aid kit for solo or family day hikes. On that score, the ultralight/Watertight Medical Kit 0.7 is sufficient, if just barely, but if you really want a first aid kit capable of supporting “1-2 people for up to 4 days,” you’ll have to look elsewhere or assemble your own.
Here’s what $27.00 gets you: it sounds like there’s a lot more than there is.
- 5 x Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1″ x 3″
- 3 x Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
- 3 x Bandage, Butterfly Closure
- 1 x Bandage, Conforming Gauze, 2″
- 2 x Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2″ x 2″, Pkg./2
- 2 x Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 3″ x 3″, Pkg./2
- 2 x Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterile, 3″ x 4
- 1 x Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe
- Moleskin 1 sheet
- 1 x Duct Tape, 2″ x 26″
- 1 x Bandage, Elastic with Velcro, 2″
- 3 x Safety Pins
- 1 x Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
- 2 x After Bite Wipe
- 2 x Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
- 1 x Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2
- 3 x Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2
- 4 x After Cuts & Scrapes Antiseptic Wipe
- 1 x Alcohol Swab
- 1 x Tape, 1″ x 10 Yards
- 1 x Tincture of Benzoin Topical Adhesive
- 3 x Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use
- 1 x waterproof ziploc bag
- 1 x zippered pouch
The Bottom Line
What can you do with these supplies? You can bandage up minor scraps and cuts, ameliorate an allergic reaction to a bee sting, take the sting out of mosquito bites, moleskin over some hot spots (on feet), remove ticks and splinters, and that’s pretty much it. For all of these treatments, there are probably just enough supplies to get you back to your car at the trail head after a day hike, and not much else.
Build on this Foundation
If you wanted to beef up this system for longer, extended trips, here’s what I would do.
- Replace the moleskin with more duct tape, which is equally good for hot spots and lasts longer.
- Add 6-12 benedryl tablets to control allergic reactions for a longer period of time.
- Add 6-12 ibuprofen tablets to control pain and inflammation.
- Add 4-6 capsules of immodium to prevent dehydration from diarrhea.
- Add a 1 ounce tube of zinc oxide to cure/prevent thigh chafing.
These simple additions make the Ultralight / Waterproof Medical Kit .7 much more functional and supportive of overnight or multi-day trips and it’s likely that you can get most of them from your bathroom cabinet. Why pay more?
Disclaimer: Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) owns this product and purchased it with his own funds.
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