Updated: First Aid, Foot Care, and Gear Repair Kits

I spent the morning updating three important backpacking gear lists:

Since I originally posted posted them in October 2016, I’d tweaked them occasionally but hadn’t done a wholesale revision until now. “Wholesale” is probably an overstatement — they were all very solid still.

If you sporadically check this website, you’d probably find the updated lists. This dedicated post is primarily for those who subscribe to my blog feed through an app like Feedly. Since the web addresses of these posts were unchanged, the updated content wouldn’t get picked up.

Posted in , on February 19, 2020


  1. Michael on February 19, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Any chance at a rough changelog? Or are the updates small enough to not notice?

    • Andrew Skurka on February 19, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      Probably not material enough, mostly just tweaks/refinements. When I posted these lists in 2016, we’d been running trips for five years and I’d already done most of my big solo trips, so I’d already figured most things out.

  2. Ben on February 26, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Hey Andrew, just FYI, the updated individual posts *do* show up in your site feed. At least, they do for me.

    I use Inoreader and the feed URL is https://andrewskurka.com/feed/.

    Here’s a screenshot of the updated First Aid Kit post as it appears in my feed on 26 Feb 2020; the “6d” in the second line means the post is time stamped six days ago.

    In the feed, it is preceded by your book review post of El Dorado, and immediately followed by the updated Foot Care and Repair Kit posts.


    • Andrew Skurka on February 26, 2020 at 9:55 am

      Good to know that they show up for some. They don’t show up in my Feedly feed.

  3. John Julander on December 27, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    After a friend experienced a tailbone break to a person on a trip, he began carrying Percocet. It took 24 hours to get help for the person, and the pain was pretty severe. I carry it now, too.

    • Andrew Skurka on December 28, 2022 at 3:20 pm


      There are considerable medical liability issues for non-physicians in dispensing prescription drugs. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for commercial groups, no matter what kind of pain someone is in. And I’d probably be pretty hesitant on a personal trip if I didn’t know the person extremely well (e.g. family member or close friend).

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