Hiking First Aid, Repair, & Toiletry Kits

I was weighing some of my gear, looking things over trying to figure out where I could drop a few ounces in anticipation of some longer hikes this summer. This is where all my kits stand right now, I don’t anticipate any major changes to this moving forward. Always happy to learn about new techniques or tips to lighten the load a bit though.

Repair/Emergency Kit

First off at 2.8 ounces is my emergency/repair kit.

Repair/Emergency Contents

So here is what 2.8 ounces gets me:

  • 2 big pieces of Tenacious Tape
  • Needle
  • Nylon thread
  • Mesh screen patch
  • 10 AquaMira tabs
  • Live Fire tinder
  • Compass
  • Ferro rod
  • Mini Bic
  • Ear plugs
  • Sentimental dinosaur figure

I figure this emergency/repair kit allows me to repair gear with tape or by sewing up something. Allows me to start a fire of necessary. Gives me a backup compass that actually is fairly accurate for its size, and gives me an extra pair of ear plugs for backcountry sleeping should I forget mine.

First Aid Kit

Coming in at 3.3 ounces is my first aid kit. I did have some help for this one from a friend of mine that’s an EMT. He did suggest an emergency tourniquet so I may have to add that in the future. Here are the contents.

First aid kit contents
  • 2 medium non-stick gauze pads
  • 1 quick clot gauze pad
  • Medical wrap tape
  • Tweezers
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aleve
  • Imodium
  • Benedryl
  • Baby aspirin
  • First aid & burn cream
  • 2 medi-lyte packs
  • Rubber gloves
  • 4 band-aids
  • BZK towelette
  • 2 moleskin pads

I figure this kit gives me everything I need to handle typical trail injuries. I can treat symptoms with the various over the counter medicine, treat wounds, treat blisters, handle dehydration, and in a worst case scenario hopefully stop someone with a bad bleeding wound.


Nothing too exciting here. I may 1/2 the amount of hand sanitizer, moving it to a smaller bottle then bringing an ounce of picardin lotion or sunscreen depending on the conditions.

  • Small towel
  • Travel toothbrush
  • Travel toothpaste
  • 2 ounces hand sanitizer
  • 3 flossers
Backcountry deluxe poop kit!

Last but certainly not least is, in my opinion, the Cadillac of poop kits!

Behold! In all its glory.
  • Deuce of spades poop trowel
  • Roll of TP
  • Little dropper of Dr Bronners soap
  • Culo clean bidet attached to old sawyer squeeze

This kit lets me dig a quick cathole, get down to business, and be squeaky clean and back on the trail without any monkey butt.

All together these kits total up to 14.2 ounces, which I don’t think is so bad.

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