First Aid Kit for Runners

If you run, it’s inevitable: sooner or later, you’ll be picking yourself up off the pavement/trail/track and wishing you had whatever it is your particular injury requires for patching up. I’ve put together a list of first-aid items that I’ve found helpful, and sometimes essential, in that post-whoops moment.

For convenience, you can gather these items in a large plastic shoebox and stow them in the trunk of your car. Replace anything you use right away, and rotate items with expiration dates on a regular basis.

  • Wet wipes
  • Wound Wash/spray
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bandages in assorted sizes
  • Large nonstick gauze pads
  • Self-sticking tape
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • StingEze
    or other sting-relief product (Epi-pen if you’re allergic)
  • Tecnu wipes (for poison ivy)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Vaseline or athletic lube (e.g., Trislide,
  • Liquid Bandage
  • Moleskin patches
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Scissors
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Salt tablets/electrolytes
    (hot weather aid)
  • Hand warmers (cold weather aid)

If you don’t already carry the following items in your running pack, you should consider adding them to the first-aid kit as preventive maintenance.

  • Sunblock
  • Aquaphor (great for preventing windburn)
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Water bottles
  • Snacks ~ granola bars, energy gels
  • Matches/lighter
  • Pen and paper
  • Bug spray

If you can think of anything I left out, add a comment and let me know what you would add to this list!


5 thoughts on “First Aid Kit for Runners

  1. i recommend latex gloves (it may not be you that needs first aid.
    i also keep kinesiology tape on hand

  2. I walk more often than I run, and usually in the city. After a truck kicked up gravel that got in my eye, I took to carrying a couple of ampoules of artificial tears with me as an eye wash.

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