Product review

18 Jun, 2020

Nano first aid kit

Tested by: Russ



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First aid on a thru-hike shouldn’t be ignored, but that doesn’t mean you should pack every ointment and bandage in your medical cupboard into your backpack, so why the Lifesystems Nano first aid kit?


Why the Lifesystems Nano?

This tiny first aid kit contains all you’ll likely need on a thru-hike for those bumps, scrapes and cleanups. It doesn’t over-do it with weight but doesn’t undercut you with features. I’ve taken it on all my hikes from the Welsh 3,000s to the Pacific Crest Trail and luckily, I’ve never needed to use it, but it’s always in my pack for those unpredictable moments of clumsiness.


What’s there not to like?

I’ve actually amended my Nano first aid kit by removing the safety pins and just using the included tape. I also removed the sun cream because that’s always with me on my hikes anyway and I found the zip bag that came with the kit quite fiddly and a little too small. After taking an item out it was impossible to get back in and zip it up completely so I switched to a lighter Ziploc bag and found it to work much better.


Value for money

Never assume you’ll avoid injury in the hills. At £13 and with all these items, the Lifesystems Nano is the perfect all-in-one solution to a first aid kit that you’ll need whether your hike is long or short.


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  • Effectiveness 90% 90%
  • Value to weight ratio 100% 100%
  • Value for money 90% 90%


  • Lightweight
  • Packed with items
  • Small
  • Hygenic application
  • Small packaging


  • Fiddly storage bag



£12.95 on Amazon

Total weight:

From 68g (2.39oz)


  • 6 x Safety Pins
  • 1 x Lifesystems LokTop Waterproof Bag
  • 1 x Sun Cream Sachet – 7.5g – Mountain SPF50 Formula
  • 5 x Sterile Non-Woven Swabs (Gauze swabs) (5cm x 5cm)
  • 2 x Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • 1 x Zinc Oxide Tape (2.50cm x 2m)
  • 1 x Sterile Adherent Dressing (15cm x 9cm)
  • 1 x Pack of Assorted Plasters
  • 1 x Sterile Blister Plaster
  • 1 x Elasticated Cohesive Bandage (5cm x 4.5m)

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