I plan to go on a hike with someone allergic to latex.

Usually I would pack small plasters and leukotape, but this is not an option in this case.

How can I replace these items with latex-free equivalents in the UK?

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    Dialect Note: BrEng "plasters" is approximately the same as AmEng "Band-aids" or "bandages" (and for the OP's benefit, in AmEng "plasters" are substances used to patch holes in walls). That said, are there not nitrile gloves and fabric bandages available in your area?
    – cobaltduck
    Commented Jul 12, 2019 at 16:36
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    Latex free plasters will be stocked by most pharmacies. Bandaid have them. Elastoplast have "sensitive skin" ones, but these may not be latex free.
    – bob1
    Commented Jul 12, 2019 at 17:07
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    Aren't there many options? There is even spray-on plaster/band-aid that just makes a film. Some small rolls of cotton gauze?
    – Tomas By
    Commented Jul 12, 2019 at 17:11
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    You can certainly buy latex free plasters in bigger chemists' in the UK and nitrile or even vinyl gloves. Pre-packed first aid kits often include nitrile rather than latex gloves (unless they're very cheap) but it's not always stated
    – Chris H
    Commented Jul 12, 2019 at 18:04
  • Thanks a lot everyone! I will follow up on the comments and report :)
    – nha
    Commented Jul 12, 2019 at 22:02

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In short, all items containing latex in most first aid kits can be replaced by latex free products, a well stocked chemist or drugstore. And with a bit of preparation time they can order what is not in the shop.

For plasters you have found an alternative from St John, you mentioned in a comment, there are (other) brands found in an online search, so you have the choice of several.
For sticky tape I found several looking for 'latex free medical tape', I guess you will find more if you also search on sports tape and plasters (as that gave good results in a Dutch search.)

As indicated in the comments, latex free gloves are almost standard in the more expensive kits, even when not stated, but buying a box of them should be not too hard.

And think a bit out of the box, if medical sticky tape is hard to find, you can often also use a 'wind around the hand/arm/leg bandage' which you fix with an 'on the bandage' set of hooks on elastic. Or even with a bit of non medical tape if it is acceptable for this person.

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