It can take us up to 6 weeks to write a review at GearWeAre because sometimes a bit of gear just isn’t needed for a while. Not so, in the case of the Lifesystems Trek First Aid Kit because I managed to skin two knuckles opening the box which it was shipped in. It was the quickest receipt to review ratio we’ve ever had.
I’ve owned a larger Lifesystems First Aid Kit since I went travelling around the world in 2008, and it’s come with me on every camping trip since. But it is a little large, and I haven’t had need for the syringes and thermometer for a while, so it was fortuitous that I received the much smaller and more hiking-specific kit.
Contained within a very tough fabric pouch with bombproof belt loop is a selection of essential first aid items including:
- Antiseptic wipes
- Gauze and tape
- Blister plasters
- Scissors, tweezers and safety pins
And most importantly, a handy guide on how (and when) to use them all.
Everything is held in place by a mesh pocket, so nothing can blow away or be dropped, and whilst everything is packed in there like Tetris bricks, if you remove the Paracetamol box, you can squeeze in more goodies of your choice.
The finished pack is admirably small, about the same size as a bag of crisps, and weighs in at under 250g which makes it justifiable on all but the most extreme of lightweight treks.
If you’ve ventured into any outdoor store in the last three years you’ll know Lifesystems from their impressive displays of everything a traveller or outdoorsy person needs to survive without a handy medical centre. Well, they’ve managed to get the Trek First Aid Kit awarded with a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommendation, which I think is spot on because it’s a common-sense kit and nothing much in it can make injuries worse when used by novice outdoors enthusiasts.
SUMMARY: It’s a small first aid kit which contains the essential bits to get you home when you suffer minor injuries. The guide included in the kit goes beyond it to help with more serious diagnoses so it’s ideal for DofE and, in fact, pretty much every backpack. The case is as tough as old boots and your kit will stay clean and hygienic after years of travel (tried and tested by GWA).