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First aid is important in the wild, but feeling weighed down and burdened with precautions can be a drag. Luckily, there are ways to stay safe in the wilderness and stay unencumbered by supplies. We’ve found lightweight first aid kits for any outdoor excursion at Cape Union Mart. From the backpacker, to the kayaker – there’s a kit for you.

For the family camping trip: Lifeline First Aid Kit 53 Piece

Camping can get messy, especially when the whole family is involved. This first aid kit is perfect for cleaning up the scraped knees and bruised elbows of kids exploring the great outdoors. It contains all the basics, including bandages, antiseptic towelettes and sting relief pads, so your family can stay protected and safe on your wilderness holiday.

For the summer backpacking adventure: Lifeline First Aid Kit 85 Piece

Be prepared for any setback on your backpacking adventure with Lifeline’s 85-piece first aid kit. The kit contains emergency essentials, yet it’s small enough to fit in the bottom of your pack. With gauze, wound closures and even combine dressings, you’ll be ready for anything – from a small splinter to a fall on the trail.

For the day hike: Lifeline First Aid in a Bottle

Day hikes are quick, but it’s still important to have precautions and be prepared. Lifeline First Aid in a Bottle has everything you’ll need for a day in the mountains, and with its compact size, it won’t weigh you down. Attach it to your pack with the convenient carabiner, and you’ll hardly even notice it’s there. Cape Union Mart gear expert Jody Solomons recommends this kit for its multipurpose benefits. If you get thirsty, simply empty the bottle’s contents and fill it with water. It’s a convenient and compact way to stay hydrated on the trail.

For the mountain biker: Lifeline Trail Light Dayhiker First Aid Kit

Grab your bike, throw this kit in your pack and hit the wilds. You’ll be prepared for any bump in the trail with its gloves, alcohol prep pads and non-adherent dressings – plus it’s lightweight, so you’ll hardly even notice it’s there. Its case is made of rip-stop material, so it’s sure to remain intact whatever your cycling adventure brings.

For the weekend climb: Lifeline Waterproof Survival Kit

This waterproof kit is durable in extreme weather, and small enough to connect to a belt loop – the perfect accessory for your next climbing excursion. It contains enough to keep you safe and protected on any climb with its torch, adhesive bandages and waterproof matches. And when its contents are emptied, the hardshell case can be used for electronics such as MP3 players and cellphones, keeping them safe and dry in extreme climbing conditions.

For the kayaker and fisherman: Lifeline Safe & Dry

This weather resistant kit is perfect for any aquatic adventurer. The contents are stored in a roll-up bag making it convenient to store, and its waterproof exterior keeps the contents inside dry. There is even sunscreen, lip balm and motion sickness tablets included, so you’ll be prepared for whatever happens on the water.

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