Sometimes when I head out for a day hike or backcountry run my Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight/Watertight .9 Kit is too much. Although great for backpacking, the kit is overkill for most solo endeavors. AMK makes multiple kits in their Ultralight/Watertight line, ranging from .3 to Pro kit (which I reviewed here). AMK makes the go-to kits for any front or backcountry adventure.
Initial Impressions- I picked up the Ultralight/Watertight .5 Kit from my local gear shop because I was looking for a convenient setup for small adventures. The kit weighs 3.68 ounces and takes up a small amount of space in a pack or running vest. The exterior bag has enough space to you can add a few additional items to customize the kit. The exterior bag is water resistant and houses a heavy duty waterproof bag. The stock kit comes with the following:
Use- As mentioned above this kit was specifically purchased to be used for day hikes, and backcountry solo runs. The small package easily fit in my smallest running vest. Because of the low weight, there was never any question of whether or not to bring it. The .5 Kit is pretty well stocked, but I was disappointed not to see a space blanket included. This is a cheap addition to my kit. Because the exterior bag is slightly larger then the interior bag I was also able to stash a safety whistle, matches, water treatment drops and Pepto Bismol tablets . With the additional items added the kit is complete for my needs. Adventure Medical Kits has a .3 Kit available that weighs less but for the additional ounce or so the .5 kit is a better buy. I was happy to see the kit included a pair of metal tweezers, as most kits come with a cheap plastic pair. Unfortunately they decided to package it in a protective plastic container and it rattles while you walk. I found that a small wrap silenced beast and made for a more pleasurable experience.
Final Thoughts- Adventure Medical Kits continues to lead the way with affordable, effective and well thought out first aid kits. The Ultralight/Watertight .5 Kit is the perfect solution for day hikes, or backcountry runs. The kit is so light there is no excuse not to take it on your next adventure. Just like any kit available, it is not perfect but with minor tweaks it fits the needs of most applications. The kit can be found here, along with many other options available from Adventure Medical Kits. If you are looking for a kit for day hikes or long runs there is no better option available.
*This kit was purchased for testing.