If you’re like me and your first aid kit is a sandwich baggie with a few bandaids, moleskin, an alcohol wipe, and a few ibuprofen, it’s time to upgrade. Today I’m taking a look into the Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit.
Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit Features:
- Easy-care first-aid system organizes first-aid supplies into in injury-specific pockets to eliminate guesswork and ensure you use the right treatment quickly
- External kit map shows you where the supplies are located, while reflective mountain logo on front of bag makes it easy to spot in the dark when every moment counts
- See-through pockets protect items from dirt and moisture while allowing for quick and easy access; zippers hold items in when opening the kit or accessing it vertically
- 5 x 9 trauma pad and elastic bandage help stop bleeding fast
- Includes medications for allergic reactions, itches, pain and fever, inflammation and diarrhea
- Hospital-quality tools include EMT shears and precision forceps for efficient and effective backcountry medical care
- Antiseptic wipes and butterfly bandages for cleaning and closing small wounds
- 14 precut, shaped moleskin pieces make it easy to prevent and treat hot spots and blisters; alcohol pads remove oils from skin for better adherence of tape and moleskin
- Wilderness medicine guide offers up-to-date information on wilderness and travel medicine in a concise and compact format
- Authored by Eric A. Weiss, M.D., this lightweight, fully illustrated guide contains advice from Weiss on improvised first-aid techniques, when to “worry” tips, and more
- Super-durable nylon bag with darting provides extra space inside the kit for your own items
- Made in USA
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.5 x 3 inches
- Weight: 7.2 ounces
- MSRP: $25
A legit hiking first-aid kit in a small package
One of the things that I really like about the Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit is that with it you are covered for most incidents that you might encounter when you’re out hiking or backpacking for a couple of days with a couple of people. It brings a peace of mind that doesn’t come with the sandwich baggie kit. I always threw it in the bag and hoped nothing happened. Fortunately I haven’t had much more than blisters and small cuts/scrapes (knock on wood).
Adventure Medical takes a lot of the guesswork of what you have and where it’s at with superb organization. Flip the kit open and it’s easy to identify where everything is. Not only that, but it isn’t going to spill everywhere when you first unzip the kit.
It has everything from small/basic wound care, to treating burns & blisters, cuts & scrapes, medication, and few supplies to help stop bleeding fast.
If you are heading out into the backcountry (or the frontcountry for that matter) you should have some basic first aid knowledge. (Well, ideally you should have more than just basic skills.) But, just in case you don’t, or you need a refresher, the kit comes with a small, 160 page guide for some scenarios and basic treatment. While this is not an excuse to be untrained or to think you can just get out the book every time something happens, it’s nice to know it’s there.
In an actual emergency seconds and minutes may matter and you can’t afford to fumble through a book. With that said, in non-threatening situations it can be a helpful guide to ensure you treat correctly. Sometimes when we face stressful situations having a reference can be helpful.
One of my favorite features, if you can call it that, is that the kit isn’t packed to 100% capacity. There is a little room to add a few of your own items. You won’t be able to double the kit, but you can fit some additional items in. For me this is key. I have small kids so adding extra bandaids, safety pins, antiseptic wipes, and antibiotic ointment is key.
The Bottom Line: AMK Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit
With the Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Medical Kits there isn’t any good excuse to not have a first-aid kit in the field with you. With plenty of options for group size and adventure you can make sure you’re prepared.
Buy Now: Available at REI
- Size: 6.5″ x 3″ x 5.5″
- Weight: 0.45 lbs
- Group Size: 1 – 2 People
- Trip Duration: 1 – 2 Days
Cuts & Scrapes
- 5 – Easy Access Bandages®, 1″ x 3″ Fabric
- 5 – Easy Access Bandages®, Knuckle Fabric
- 3 – Antiseptic Wipe
- 2 – Alcohol Swab
- 1 – Triple Antibiotic Ointment
Fracture / Sprain
- 1 – Elastic Bandage with Hook & Loop Closure, 2″
- 1 – A Guide to Wilderness Medicine
- 1 – EMT Shears, 4″
- 1 – Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
- 1 – Safety Pin
- 1 – Register Your Kit Card
- 3 – After Bite® Sting & Bite Relief Wipe
- 4 – Ibuprofen (200 mg.), Tablets
- 4 – Acetaminophen (500 mg.), Tablets
- 4 – Aspirin (325 mg.), Tablets
- 2 – Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg.), Tablets
Stop Bleeding Fast
- 1 – Trauma Pad, 5″ x 9″
- 1 – Nitrile Glove, (Pair)
Wound Care / Burn / Blister
- 3 – Butterfly Closure Fabric Adhesive Bandage
- 4 – Sterile Gauze Dressing, 3″ x 3″
- 2 – Sterile Gauze Dressing, 2″ x 2″
- 1 – Sterile Non-Adherent Dressing, 2″ x 3″
- 1 – Conforming Gauze Bandage, 2″
- 1 – Tape, 1″ x 2.5 Yards
- 14 – Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped Pieces