We managed to get a chance to check out some med kits, and since many of you were looking for advice one which companies offered good-to-go solutions right off the shelf – we started to explore that option.
First up in our tabletop review is Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Bighorn.
This kit is jam-packed full of everything you will need in an emergency situation (save for 2 items, in my humble opinion, which we will get to later). It’s roughly the size of a child’s lunchbox, but within it, you get plenty of useful gear. The most remarkable, to me at least, is the comprehensive field guide – so even if you personally have no training with basic first aid (You should get on that, by the way) or in the event your go-to first aid person is the one hurt or unconscious, you can still rally and get them critical first aid.
It’s conveniently partitioned into 2 different pouches, both of which are waterproof.
You have your basic manual, wound care, and general first aid kit on one side (pictured, top), and the more comprehensive Field Trauma Kit in a separate waterproof packet. With the Field Trauma Kit – you have the ability to take the essentials for a serious injury, like EMT Shears, QuikClot, bandages, wraps, etc – and leave the basic wound care, motion sickness pills, etc back at base camp. This Field Trauma Kit is comprehensive, especially given the size and price point – but I personally would have liked to see a SWAT wrap and C-Splint in there (but I do believe they offer this in the Grizzly Line of products). Those 2 omissions, in my opinion though, are the only shortcoming.
This is more than suitable for a backcountry fishing, off-roading or a hunting expedition, and I would highly recommend anybody to put it in their hiking pack. The Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Bighorn super light and compact – only measuring 8.75″ x 6.5″ x 4″ – but within it you get a ridiculous amount of items to help save lives, prevent infections, and stave off disaster. You even get 50″ of duct tape, because well, duct tape fixes everything. This also would be very well suited in a Bug Out Bag or SHTF rig, as its small, but offers you the ability to deal with almost any injury in the bush.
We at SGPT highly recommend our readers have at least basic first aid under their belt, but we also encourage you to take trauma classes to help deal with traumas like gunshot wounds, deep cuts, broken bones, and the like. This kit, for the most part, can save or stabilize people with those injuries.
As you can see in the picture above, for a little kit – it is quite comprehensive. The only thing that is missing is the SWAT wrap or tourniquet, and a splint. However, that being said, with basic training one can use the contents to essentially make a tourniquet or splint quite effectively (It has plenty of tape, bandages, and gauze. Again, a trained person could make a tournaquet and splint with much less, so get some training if you can.).
No matter what your needs, you can find a kit to fit your situation at Adventure Medical Kits – this particular one is rated for 1-7 days, 1-7 people. I’d agree with this assertion, so long as you aren’t out with people that are accident prone or careless; and between the two aspects of the kit, you could functionally deal with anything from an upset stomach to an embedded fishhook to a gunshot wound. They have kits that are more or less comprehensive than this one, it all depends on your needs.
All that said, it’s better to be over-prepared, especially outdoors and away from help. Whatever you think you need, go one step up: Murphy’s Law is a law for a reason.
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