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Gear List || Backpacking Foot Care Kit for blisters & maceration

By Andrew Skurka / October 3, 2016 /

How many hiking and backpacking trips have been set back, or even ruined, by blisters, maceration, and other podiatric problems? Quite a few — including some of mine, unfortunately. To minimize these issues, I carry a dedicated foot care kit. I consider it a separate entity than my backpacking first aid kit. It contains several…

Gear List || Backpacking First Aid Kit for soloists & groups

By Andrew Skurka / September 6, 2016 /

What I carry in my backpack is not a substitute for what’s between my ears. This is especially true with my first aid kit when hiking and backpacking in the wilderness: rather than thinking of this collection of items as a get-out-of-jail-free card, I’m much better served by having researched beforehand the environmental and route conditions I will likely encounter,…