Q. Dear Gear Guy, I’m going backpacking and need a first aid kit that’s small and lightweight because I don’t have a lot of room in my pack. What would you recommend?
– Prepared Matthew, Collierville, Tenn.
A. Hey Matthew! Good on you for thinking ahead and packing a first-aid kit. For a small, lightweight kit, consider the Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight .5 ($17; adventuremedicalkits.com). It weighs just 3.67 ounces and is packed inside a waterproof bag with enough medical supplies to handle minor injuries and such. Adventure Medical Kits also has lots of other options with no-nonsense first-aid kits for any activity and groups of any size. Remember, you can always build your own first-aid kit, tailoring it to exactly what you think you’ll need on your backpacking trip and store it all in a Ziploc bag. Be safe out there!