Rei Backpacker Plus Extended First-Aid Kit

Priced: $48.50 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 4 reviews.
Rei Backpacker Plus Extended First-Aid Kit
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Rei Backpacker Plus Extended First-Aid Kit -

The REI Backpacker Plus Extended first-aid kit is designed to meet the needs of up to 6 people for 8 days while traveling in the backcountry.



  • Contains four 6 in. sterile cotton-tip applicators, a wire splint, 1 triangular bandage, 10 yd. x 1 in. roll of tape, a 3 in. elastic bandage and an irrigation syringe
  • All contents are packed together in a zippered nylon case; clear vinyl compartments let you easily identify the items you need


  • Four 4 x 3 in. pieces of moleskin, a 9 x 5 in. abdominal/pressure pad, a 4.1 yd. x 2 in. stretch gauze roll and a 4.1 yd. x 3 in. stretch gauze roll
  • Also includes four 2 x 2 in. gauze pads, four 3 x 3 in. gauze pads, a 3 x 2 in. non-adherent pad, two 4 x 3 in. non-adherent pads and eight 4 x 4 in. sterile top sponges


  • Assembled in the USA with domestic and imported parts


  • Also includes 2 hydrocortisone cream packets and 1 aloe vera gel packet
  • Also includes 3 Histaprin® diphenhydramine 25mg caplets, 3 Diamode® loperamide 2mg caplets and 1 pill vial with label
  • Medications include 6 Nutralox® mint antacid tablets, 6 Proprinal® ibuprofen 200mg tablets and 6 Cetafen® acetaminophen 325mg tablets
  • Comes with "The Wilderness First Aid Manual" by Dr. William Forgey for quick reference while on the trail; also includes 2 accident/evacuation records and a pencil
  • Treat wounds with six 3 x 0.75 in. adhesive bandages, eight 3 x 1 in. adhesive bandages, 5 knuckle adhesive bandages, 5 fingertip bandages and 5 butterfly closures
  • Equipment includes 6 safety pins, a pair of latex-free medical gloves, bandage scissors, splinter forceps and a 10 x 8 in. resealable waste bag
  • Includes a removable kit so you can bring along just what you need for short day hikes from base camp
  • Prep and care for wounds with 3 antibacterial wipes, 6 triple-antibiotic ointment packets, 6 sting relief wipes, 6 povidone-iodine wipes and 1 antimicrobial hand wipe
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Dimensions:8.5 x 6 x 3.5 inches
Material:Nylon packcloth
Weight:23 ounces

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Rei Backpacker Plus Extended First-Aid Kit Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Well packed, leaves room for betterment

My original intent was to pick up a kit that I could gut and repack to fit my needs. I originally chose this kit because it had the nifty, rip-out, day kit that fits exactly in my day pack.

I found upon receiving it that all I really did was replace the band-aids with my own (I always find the ones that come with kits like this to be lacking), add some more meds (the same brand that come with it actually. I just happen to have more of the same and different), and do some slight rearrangements to label the pouches (for someone else's easy access).

So as for it being well-stocked out of the box, this thing surprised me by meeting my (admittedly) high standards.

Practically, there are a few suggestions I would make for improvement:
it doesn't strike me as very waterproof, which could be an issue. It does, however fit nicely in a ziplock.
Also when I very first opened it, it flapped open and everything in all the pouches came tumbling out. All over my car. I almost tossed the thing out the window (while in park in the parking lot, mind you).

One other thing (which I guess is fine to keep people from stealing tiny free things) is that there's no way to look inside of it before you commit to buying. I had to hope that there would be enough space to get everything I wanted inside. I was lucky enough to find one that someone else had opened so I could look around it a bit, but a couple minutes into my inspection, an employee snatched it up before I could explain myself and had it zip-tied and replaced.

Overall, it's a handy, well-stocked kit. If it wasn't so large and heavy - albeit, it's a necessity for something such as this. And it's a far bit lighter than my other first aid kits - I would carry it all the time.
Taylor Vickers at REI on 08/08/2013

REI First Aid Kits

This is really about most of the REI First Aid Products. They really do have a solid product and have filled them with most of necessary items an everyday person will use them for. The only complaints I have are, as mentioned above, they are not water resistant and I think that naybe that would be a nice feature in next years models... Also, the genaric bandaids/bandages that they have in there stink and are not durable to enough to stay where they need to. I was hoping that they would have more heavy duty than what they were. I would really like to see the Fabric Elastic Strips included in here. All in all, they REI has done a good job with this and as an EMS provider I am happy with what they have out in there and the guide is pretty straight forward to which is a plus!
Parkour Ken at REI on 06/06/2011

More then I will ever use

I was wary when I first looked into buying this kit. I have no medical experience so for me getting anything larger than this would just be dead weight. It's small, light, easy to pack, and contains items that I will probably get to use. I have not actually had to use the product fortunately but I know when I do need to use it everything will be neat, organized, and easy for me to use. For those that like hiking this is a must.
EchoNovember at REI on 06/06/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Great product but could be improved

Being a paramedic, I have to say for the money, it's a great little kit, a wide selection of medical supplies and some room to add your own stuff. The major downfall is the packaging, the nylon is nowhere near water resistent or water proof, upon a recent trip this weekend we got caught in a down pour, even in an rei pack, it got soaked, to the point where all the paper supplies are now trashed and I just purchased the kit last week. Very disappointed in the packaging
Cpt. Huck at REI on 09/09/2010