Our take Even though you’ll hopefully never need to use it, a well-stocked first aid kit is a backpacking essential. We like Hart’s series—it comes in dayhike, weekend, and multiday options—for its easily accessible pockets and color-sorted labels that take the guesswork out of finding what you need in an instant. One tester praised the high-quality shears that can cut through clothing, and cloth bandages that work better than nylon ones. Bonus: There’s room for extra personal meds and a manual full of first aid reading material.
Trail cred “After getting stung by a bee on the Appalachian Trail, I quickly grabbled an anesthetic wipe instead of an antiseptic one thanks to the large-lettered labeling,” one tester says.
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