Cheap, lightweight First Aid Kit

How to put together Cheap Lightweight First Aid Kit for a couple of dollars to buy yourself a little insurance on your next hike. You can buy a ready-made first aid kit and spend between $3-120 dollars. I prefer to steal a couple of bandaids out of each of the boxes in the medicine cabinet. Any oddball stuff, like blister pads, you might need to go buy. Depending on how much I care about the well being of my hiking friends will determine how many options I add to the basic kit. I used to hike with children. Now that I hike with adults, I figure they should know better, but it’s nice to offer someone a little comfort once in a while.

Before your next hike, round us the following and stuff it all into a quart size freezer-weight ziptop bag:

cheap lightweight first aid kit

  • Burn gel
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Butterfly closures
  • Dr. Scholl’s Blister Treatment
  • various sized bandaids
  • 3 Small & 2 Large & 2 Square & fingertip & knuckle
  • 2″ guaze pads
  • Eye pad
  • Diphenhydramine 25mg (10x)
  • Acetaminophen 500mg (10x)
  • Hydrocortisone cream (tube)
  • Antibiotic Ointment (tube)
  • J&J First-aid Cloth Tape – 1 Inch
  • Liquid Skin or octylcyanoacrylate glue
  • Freezer-type ZipTop bag

== at this point, I’m at 6 oz!
elsewhere in pack:

  • Ace Wrapper
  • lip balm
  • insect repellent
  • Space blanket (mylar sheet)
  • more heavier stuff:
  • Instant Cold Pack
  • triangle sling
  • vinyl gloves
  • topical benedryl
  • Mosquito relief

Cheap, Lightweight First-Aid Kit

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.

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