Backpacking First Aid Kit | From A Wilderness First Responder

Backpacking First Aid Kit | From A Wilderness First Responder

Backpacking First Aid is one of those topics that has a broad range of opinions on what you should take with you and what may be overkill. Here is a look at my backpacking first aid kit from the perspective of a wilderness first responder.

Here are some links to various first aid items and resources that you might find helpful in learning more and building your own first aid kit:

– Base Kit I started with and built upon:
– KT Tape:
– KT Tape Blister Strips:
– Blister Kit:
– Simple 1 Person Med Kit:
– Another First Aid Kit Option:

NOLS Wilderness Medicine:
– Top Quilt:
– Sleeping Bag:
– Sleeping Pad:
– Stove:
– Shelter:
– Water Filter:
– Water Storage:
– Cook Pot:
– Pillow:
– Backpack:
– Kuiu Gear:

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  1. flashman V on October 13, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Great video, thanks for sharing your knowledge. I’m always trying to figure the best things to add to my first aid kit. What do you think about blood clot solution? I added that to my kit an EMT friend of mine said I should have it, but I never see anyone else has it in their kit, I’m not sure how useful it is.

  2. flity_manic on October 13, 2021 at 8:29 am


  3. Lone_ Scout on October 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

    I have to carry Sam splints. They’re too useful not to have especially for a WFR. I’ve been in areas where improving was not ideal. The way I look at it, I have the training so it’s my responsibility to have the equipment. I also carry a glucometer as I’ve encountered several diabetic emergencies over the years.

  4. Hunky MrB on October 13, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Will have to try the KT tape! I blister far too easy.

  5. GeoLitz on October 13, 2021 at 8:34 am

    What do soapnuts have to do with GPS?

  6. april906outdoors on October 13, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Excellent video! As a long-time Scouter I am wilderness first aid certified, and am shocked at the lack of preparedness I see in many backpackers. Hopefully your video will prompt more backpackers to follow suit. Worth a little extra weight!

  7. Dennis Mathias on October 13, 2021 at 8:38 am

    I would add one thing that is cheap, easy to use, and light weight. A blood ox meter. If you come across someone just not doing well but no obvious trauma..and especially older..this could be an important parameter. They’re in the $10 range. Calibrate on you first then eval the patient. But this video helped me to decide some adjustments. I’ve always carried a syringe since I got that bug in my ear. I always pack some gloves in an old pill bottle. CPR is a sticking point with me..don’t know if I could do that.
    I probably carry more ibuprofen than you do as a first responder. Being 75 I pretty much eat that stuff.
    I have a couple of trauma scissors and debate whether to carry them or not. I have scissors on my knife but cutting clothing that could not hack it. So that’s probably a good idea.
    KT tape. Hmmm. Yea.

  8. Shuping Yin on October 13, 2021 at 8:39 am

    very helpful. thank you

  9. wisperingbeard on October 13, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Great video thank you.

  10. John Kelley on October 13, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Great video! Tons of great ideas for when I get out. Thanks for posting this!!!

  11. MaGoo on October 13, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Great kit, my thoughts are to add a mask, thermometer, small magnifying glass and get the book digitally on your phone.

  12. M Varnzo on October 13, 2021 at 8:43 am

    No splint, clotting agent/ compressed gauze, wound seal, airway, or tourniquet? And you might evacuate over something that can be "treated" with a band aid? That’s more like a discomfort kit tbh.

  13. Adventures with Frodo on October 13, 2021 at 8:44 am

    You need to carry benadryl and potassium citrate or glutamate, basically some form of potassium. Also some form of glucose. This is from a EMT, ACLS, PALS etc…. instructor. Just from lessons learned. I use to carry 4 L of IV fluids but then again I played with people that need it. Don’t get me started on blisters, lol.

  14. tridoc99 on October 13, 2021 at 8:44 am

    I agree on the idea of the book. If you don’t use those skills daily it’s easy to forget especially the more unique scenarios like reducing a dislocation. Elsevier, a publisher of medical texts makes a neat app called “Field Guid to Wilderness Medicine”. It’s very comprehensive, easily searchable, and you already have your phone, so it adds no weight. It’s expensive for an app, but nothing compared to the dollars most hikers spend to save a few ounces like you can by not having to take the book.

  15. Spikeeus on October 13, 2021 at 8:47 am

    I was excited to see this video . . . smaller than I expected lol. Great video.

  16. Trinh L on October 13, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Thanks for your tips

  17. John Schmalbach on October 13, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Question. I’m a first responder in my full-time job. So I’m curious as to why you don’t use leukotape? I use that because I replace my athletic / first aid tape and blister management with one roll. Also I don’t necessarily need the tincture to improve adhesiveness because that’s already adhesive is heck so I can just put some of that on top of a bandage to make it hold better. I’ve also used it successfully to stabilize strains and sprains and the like.

    Just curious is to your reasoning. Great video by the way most everything else you have in your kit is what I have in mine. I’ll just add a trauma pad and a tourniquet if I’m going on a bushcraft trip with multiple people because well acts accidents can be ugly

  18. Clint Lively on October 13, 2021 at 8:52 am

    The thing I always hear from people trying to lose weight in their pack is to get rid of that unnecessarily big first aid kit because, “what good is all that stuff if you don’t know how to use it?”
    However your approach of making a sensible and efficient kit AND learning how to use it sounds so much better to me.

  19. Patrick C on October 13, 2021 at 8:54 am

    That KT tape looks incredibly useful. I need to try that on my next hike.

  20. Rock Climbing Hacks on October 13, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Do you have antihistamine? Btw, i really like the booklet idea, I’m gonna do that.

  21. Steven M on October 13, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Please make a blister management video! If you could go a to z with it that would be awesome. I would love to know how to keep a hot spot from turning into blister and how to keep blister from continuing to grow. Thanks for all the videos.

  22. The Backpack Blazer on October 13, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Great timing on this one. I really need to beef of my med kit a bit and this will help. Thanks Dev,.

  23. Wasatch Back Explorer on October 13, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Nice video Devin, great things to carry, there is no excuse to not carry a good first aid kit.

  24. Rock Climbing Hacks on October 13, 2021 at 9:01 am

    What’s the danger in getting a person’s blood on you?

  25. John Parker on October 13, 2021 at 9:02 am

    WFR is on my todo list. Luekotape is better than KT tape for blisters. Just start with it on and go. keep extra strips stuck to some label backing that you didn’t throw out yet.

  26. Amy Routt on October 13, 2021 at 9:03 am

    I have to admit, I don’t carry a syringe backpacking. But it is definitely useful! I’ve used the one in my car camping first aid kit a good amount of times!

  27. Mwinvictus on October 13, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Great video. KT tape has definitely been a game changer for my knee problems on backpacking trips. The 3 things I would recommend in addition to your kit are: a tourniquet (and training), zipstitch wound closures, and some type of electrolyte powder for if you are treating someone with dehydration. Again, great video. Thanks for taking the time to inform others, and more importantly, thank you for taking the initiative to get training to be a help to others on the trail. We need more people like you.

  28. sairvinginthestacks on October 13, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Super helpful video. I’ll use it later to go through my first aid kit. When I was researching first aid kits, I saw too many posts and videos of people not really taking enough to be prepared in an emergency.

    What is more useful? Athletic tape or an elastic wrap? I have tape, but it’s not stretchy at all.

  29. Moe Qui on October 13, 2021 at 9:07 am

    great stuff! I took your advice and also found this more complete diy first aid kit from a nurse in this video: Really informative!

  30. Kenneth Starr on October 13, 2021 at 9:08 am

    I use leukotape and I put it on preventatively if I’m backpacking more than 4 days. Don’t allow a hotspot to develop. But ever since I’ve started using Darn Tough I haven’t needed it.

  31. Haggard Wilderness on October 13, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Nice vid man. I’m bookmarking this one cause I need to build my kit better and you know the deal with all that woofer training. Thanks man!

  32. Andrew Wolfe on October 13, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Ok so I’m usually pretty hard on first aid kits in these videos. I’m a wound care nurse. My friend this is, in a single word, PERFECT!!!! You got it all with a minimal package. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! Seriously, great job!

  33. Z0MB13Redfield on October 13, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Nice kit. Good to see metal tweezers. I bought a nice kit one time and it came with plastic ones. When needed them pull thorns they just didn’t work. Lesson learned

  34. Huck Outdoors on October 13, 2021 at 9:11 am

    That is one complete kit!

  35. The Titan Preparedness Channel on October 13, 2021 at 9:11 am

    1. Glad you carry a med kit, i see a lot of gram weenies who say they’re not worth the weight. Better to have it and no need it then the other way. 2. Also glad to see you have training. Never know when you might be the first responder. 3. Good video, good information.

  36. Thomas Ko on October 13, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for this video and your service as a wilderness first responder! Some thoughts: For blisters in my opinion the best solution is compeed. If you open the blister first and clean it you might be able to continue for days. Therefore I also carry some needles. I like to have a face mask (the flat filter not these big plastic things) for CPR. Maybe a thermometer. And for hiking in areas with bears (or gun owners) I would suggest a TQ and maybe Quikclot. What do you think (and sorry for my English)?

  37. nuthn2do on October 13, 2021 at 9:13 am

    No saline for the syringe, what do you use?

  38. electrontube on October 13, 2021 at 9:13 am

    wonderful video with a comprehensive kit. I don’t buy KT tape. Leukotape-P tape is the same thing, comes in a roll, and is a lot cheaper. it holds, for days, flexes, and remains waterproof. I don’t carry moleskin anymore. I just wrap some around a sharpie. makeup tweezers replace the ones i get in kits, they have much finer edges for grabbing slivers or other small objects. i try to get ones that are a bright color so i can find them if they’re dropped. love your content.

  39. Richard Wood on October 13, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Very informative video. As a newbie I have to get my own kit together. One question, what do you use in the syringe? Thanks.

  40. Justin Outdoors on October 13, 2021 at 9:23 am

    What are your thoughts on a pocket CPR mask?

  41. Backcountry Forward on October 13, 2021 at 9:24 am

    I’m actually surprised there’s no Leuko Tape, how do you find the KT compares to Leuko? I’ve had zero luck with moleskin and blisters.
    Also, any suggestions for a handy wilderness med first aid pamphlet or printout for the average hiker? That would be very helpful for beginner hikers!

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