Backpacking Gear Lists || First Aid, Foot Care & Repair Kits (Downloadable)

If I were to drop my first aid, foot care, and field repair kits directly into my master backpacking gear list, I would fear clogging it up. Already, the master list can be intimidating, and these kits contain dozens of items on their own. Moreover, their exact contents depend greatly on whether I am traveling solo or with a group.

I thought it was best to address them as sub-lists, with a dedicated post, conversation, and spreadsheet for each one:

Download & edit these lists

Static online lists are useful. But lists that can be downloaded, integrated with other resources, and tailored to personal needs is even better.

To download and edit my master 3-season gear list, follow the on-page instructions.

To download my kits as single-page PDF’s, use these links:

To edit these lists, you will need to create your own copy of them.

  1. In a new tab or window, open the Backpacking Kits sheet.
  2. If you do not have a Google account or if you prefer other software besides Google Docs, under “File” select “Download as” to generate your own Excel or CSV file. Otherwise,
  3. Log in with your Google account, if you are not already.
  4. Under “File” select “Make a copy.” A 4-tab sheet named “Backpacking Kits” will be saved in your Google Drive account.

Have recommendations for improving these lists, in terms of their content or usefulness? Leave a comment.


  1. Bob S. on October 5, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Very comprehensive first aid kit. I would consider adding an ACE elastic bandage with the SAM splint (and for other uses) and a straight nose or curved hemostat with the tweezers.

  2. John Kirby on February 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Nice. Only real change from what I carry is – I tend to carry Coban. I like it’s security over tape.

    One thing to consider is Neosporin is a mixture of three topical antibiotics – neomycin, bacitracin, and polymyxin. Almost 10% of population will have a contact dermatitis reaction to neomycin.

    Polysporin, which is bacitracin and polymyxin, would be a better choice for a group outing. Polysporin is also available over the counter like Neosporin. There are some that have a reaction to bacitracin also but fewer.

    Just FYI. Plenty of people use Neosporin without a problem.

  3. Mary Ellen Breining on July 7, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Dear Andrew,
    Thank you so very much for doing all of this and making it available to those of us who feel no need to reinvent the wheel! I appreciate being able to print out and go by these lists you have compiled as tried and true. Thank you so much!

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