What to include in your Hiking First Aid Kit

No matter the length of your stay in the outdoors a first aid kit is essential. Click to see what you should include in your hiking first aid kit.

First Aid supplies should be a top priority when camping or even just a simple day hike. Continue reading to see which supplies you should include in your hiking first aid kit.


When I talk to people who love to hike I always ask what are some key items they pack. Most will say items like snacks and water. Some will say trekking poles, maybe an extra pair of shoes, but every once in a while I’ll talk to someone who won’t even pack a first aid kit just because they’re doing a short hike.

If you’re just running around on a pretty flat trail I can understand the resistance. But if you’re hiking somewhere for the first time I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a few basics.

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I currently have two different kits that I use depending on which backpack I’m grabbing before heading out. My smaller 1-3 mile backpack, and my 3-10 mile backpack. I really have two because I kept forgetting to swap them each time, so my laziness really helped in this case. haha.

These are the top items your first aid kit should include:

  • Rescue Whistle
  • Various bandage sizes for different parts of your body
  • Definitely moleskin for blistering
  • Tools like a safety pin and some tweezers
  • Some pain relief medicine and some insect bite wipes
  • Antibiotic ointment and antiseptic wipes

That’s the bare minimum.

My larger kit contains a wider variety of bandages, has additional tools, and more medication. You really want to ensure you’re taking what you can fit as well.

MedPacks™ | Hiker Medic™

If you want to take the guesswork out of putting together your hiking first aid kit, the amazing people over at MyMedic have an amazing assortment of MedPaks that vary based off of the activity. The one pictured is the ‘hiking’ kit. It has all the essentials to get you going. They have a handful of different discounts available too.

What are some key items you pack in your hiking first aid kit that aren’t posted here? Drop a comment and share your story!

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