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Hiking First Aid Kit Packing Checklist

First Aid Kit For HikersFirst Aid Packing Checklist for Hikers

Hiking is all about light weight, judicious packing.  Whatever you carry on your hike, you’re going to carry the whole time, so you don’t want to carry a whole lot of items that take up a lot of space or weigh more than necessary.

For hiking, or any other activity where size and weight are factors, your first aid kit packing checklist should be concise.  Pack only the items you might need.  Pack only the quantities you might need, and eliminate any items you can while maintaining a safe first aid kit.

(The downloadable and printable version of the Hiker’s First Aid Kit Packing Checklist can be downloaded here.)

First Aid Kit, Hiking

  • Light weight container (box, bag, etc.)
  • Absorbent Compress dressing/gauze
  • Moleskin for blister treatment and prevention
  • Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Blanket (super light and compact space blanket)
  • Over the counter medications in minimum quantities (use tiny jewelry baggies to pack single doses and eliminate bulky bottles)
    • Aspirin/Regular Strength Pain Medication/Anti-inflammatory painkillers
    • Antihistamine/Benadryl
    • Anti diarrhea medication
    • Etc.
  • Epinephrine auto injector (Epipen)
  • Antiseptic/Antibiotic Ointment
  • Individually wrapped antiseptic wipes
  • Compact section of duct tape

pack medication in dry bagsHikers might also consider putting first aid items in dry-bags or tiny zip-lock baggies to protect them from the weather or environment.  (Download the printable PDF version of the First Aid Kit, Waterproof Packing Checklist here.)

You can purchase dry-bags at most hunting, outdoors, or sporting goods stores.  Sealable baggies of multiple sizes are available in the jewelry section of your local hobby store.

For quick access to all the downloadable and printable pdf packing checklists, check out the Downloads page.