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What’s inside?

First-aid kits include antihistamine for bug stings and bites; ibuprofen; moleskin, tape and bandage materials; tincture of benzoin; antiseptic wipes with topical painkiller; sting relief pads antibiotic ointment; gloves and tweezers. And most kits contain other items as well.

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ULTRALIGHT .7

Designed for ultralight hikers, backpackers and adventure racers, the .7 weighs a mere 6.5 ounces. Waterproof to 200 feet, leakproof and airtight. No wilderness or medical guide. 7-by-5-by-2.5 inches. $19.50. (800) 499-8696,

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www.summithut.com.

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AMK TRAIL

Contains a fine illustrated guide to life-threatening emergencies and a stellar guide to wilderness and travel medicine, with 50-plus improvised techniques. Design aids location of items. 10 ounces, 7-by-6-by-1.5 inches. $20.

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(800) 421-1223, www.clorders.com.

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CAMPER 100

Made for families, with a smart manual that covers first-aid basics and wilderness and travel medicine, though not as fully as the AMK and REI booklets. Contains gauze but no bandage strips. 9 ounces, 7-by-5-by-1.5 inches. (800) 413-2050, www.coastlineadventures.com.

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REI TRAIL

Has nearly the same contents as the AMK Trail kit, including guide to wilderness/travel medicine but no illustrated guide. The design leaves contents more susceptible to dirt and rain. 12 ounces, 8-by-5.5-by-2.5 inches. $23.

(800) 426-4840, www.rei.com.

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