Everyone should have a good first aid kit for the home, car, and the outdoors. Adventure Medical Kits offers a wide variety of ready-made kits targeted to different pursuits and scenarios. Each offers a solid base to deal with different ailments and emergencies. I’ve long used their ultralight and waterproof .9 medical kit—with an added tourniquet—as my basic expedition kit. This year I tested out their Sportsman 300. Designed for hunters and fishermen, it’s meant for six people spending seven days in the field. It has supplies to treat an array of situations and is well-organized, so you’re not tearing it apart to find whatever you need in the heat of the moment. It has a good trauma kit, though it does not come with a tourniquet, which, for me—because I work extensively around brown bears—is a good thing to have. 

Note: a good med kit offers a solid base, but I recommend adding additional items that may be necessary for your particular scenarios. The Sportsman 300 weighs only a pound and a half and is affordable, so there’s no excuse to not have it on hand at your camp, cabin, or boat. I brought mine on a number of wildlife film projects and hunting trips this year. Though I didn’t need it, the Sportsman 300 gave me peace of mind. If you’re looking for a good med kit but aren’t sure the Sportsman 300 is what you want, I recommend visiting Adventure Medical Kits’ website and checking out their broad selection of products.

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Bjorn Dihle is Alaska magazine's gear editor and a lifelong resident of southeast Alaska. You can follow him at instagram.com/bjorndihle or facebook.com/BjornDihleauthor.

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