Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Gear Review: Adventure Medical Kits "Weekender" First Aid Kit


As a Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, I'm often asked which "off the shelf" first aid kit is best for the field. There are many companies that make first aid kits, but of all the ones I've tried, Adventure Medical Kits seems to be the most well balanced and practical.

The AMK Weekender Kit featured in this review contains nearly everything that I would carry if I were to put the kit together myself, as well as AMK's well written Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicineand a quality, well organized carry case:

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The back of the case has a convenient, easy-to-read list of contents, which makes it a much simpler task to find something when you're under the stress of an emergency situation.

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Both sides of the case also feature reflective lettering, to aid in locating first aid items under low light conditions:


The Weekender Kit, which touts the ability to treat 1-6 people for up to 7 days in the backcountry, has proven itself many times during our field testing trips. Whether treating a burn from an errant campfire ember, or bandaging a cut from the nick of a sharp axe, the Weekender has become a welcome friend in our gear packs.

For folks looking for made in the USA products, I'd note that even though some of the components in this kit are of foreign manufacture, the entire kit is assembled by American workers in Adventure Medical Kit's Littleton, New Hampshire plant.

Conclusion

Highly recommended no matter what outdoor adventure you undertake, the AMK Weekender is a high quality, well thought out product that deserves top priority next time you're shopping for a new first aid kit.

5 out of 5 Stars
(Highly Recommended)

The Weekender Kit is available from Lifeview Outdoors: www.lifeviewoutdoors.com/first-aid-kits-and-supplies/first-aid-kits/adventure-medical-kits-weekender-first-aid-kit.html


About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for magazines such as The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ hotmail.com (without spaces)

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