An Almost UL Thru-Hike First Aid Kit

I’m getting excitingly close to my start date! I have just over two weeks left, which means I’m starting to iron out some of those last minute details. One of those last minute details is my first aid kit! I thought I’d give a quick rundown of what I’m bringing:

  • Ibuprofen: I’m going to try to not be as reliant on “Vitamin I” as I hear thru-hikers sometimes are, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to bring any along.
  • Imodium: This anti-diarrhea medication is an “oh God I hope I don’t have to use this” item.
  • Claritin: I get pretty bad spring allergies, so I’m bringing enough to hopefully get me through.
  • Benadryl: An antihistamine is always useful to have around, for allergies or insect bites. Unlike Claritin, this one makes me sleepy.
  • Melatonin: I’m only bringing about 5 tablets of this, to help me fall asleep on my first few nights on the trail, until I get used to sleeping outside.
  • Daytime Cold Medicine: Just two doses, enough to get me into town if a nasty cold hits.
  • Alcohol Wipes: Clean wounds, feet, gear, whatever.
  • Antibiotic Ointment Packets
  • Bandaids: Assorted sizes, but not more than 3 of any size.
  • Roll of Gauze
  • Small Safety Pin: For popping blisters.

And that’s it! I’m also bringing a needle and duct tape, which definitely can be used for first aid, but I consider them to be more of gear repair. I’m sure there are some people out there who think I’m taking too little and others who think I’m taking too much, but I think it will work for me. To get it as light as possible, I’m only taking what I think I’ll need in the short term. My parents can always send me refills. I’ve written dosages on the little baggies the pills are in. All in all, my first aid kit comes to just about 2 oz.

Here she is, in all her glory.

Here are some of the articles I used to help compile my kit, in no particular order:

2 thoughts on “An Almost UL Thru-Hike First Aid Kit

  1. Hello WWD! My Name is Joe and I am so excited to read this. I am going to be leading a group at the Trail Days celebration in Damascus, VA in May. WE will be operating a shower/washing machine unit for four days, May 16-19. We will have hot water and unlimited shower opportunities. We would love to serve you and any hikers planning to attend the Trail Days celebration in Damascus that week. There is so many activities geared toward hikers and PLENTY of GOOD FOOD.


  2. Pingback: Appalachian Trail Gear 3: Everything Else – Within Walking Distance

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