|Rating:||8.9 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.2 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.2 / 2.5|
|Durability||2.3 / 2.5|
|Versatility||2.2 / 2.5|
Many people may ask why bother having a dedicated pack for your first aid gear and in all honesty the small dry bag that I have been using for the past 6 years has been a non dedicated packing cell similar to others that I use for my other gear that I want to keep all in one place. My first aid gear always sits at the top of the pack so if I do need it in an emergency then I know where it’s located and the other identical packing cell which stores my voice recorder sits in a different part of my pack so there is limited chance of confusion. Where I do mix up these two identical packs is in my tent when I have both of these packs sitting just above my head and I regularly reach for the wrong one. The other consideration for choosing a clearly marked first aid kit is that in the eventuality that someone has to access your pack to treat you so you want to make it easy for them.
Recently I decided to change things up and went looking for a dedicated unique pack for my first aid supplies and came across the Sea to Summit First Aid Dry Sack which I preordered in advance of its release. This pack comes in 3 seperate sizes:
Each of these packs is identical apart from the size coming in a bright orange-red colour with a green and white cross with the text ‘First Aid’ printed on it. This pack also comes with a small clear viewing window that allows you to see into the pack and given that I don’t own any other storage packs with this type of window this is also a feature that makes it stand out. Size wise I opted for the 1 litre size which fits (just) and while it does fit my full range of first aid supplies and toiletries that I carry on my longer hikes including my foot taping for long distance hikes to get a better “roll” on the top to keep moisture out a slight bigger size would have been more suitable. As such I have now created two seperate first aid kits, one for my day hikes (1 lites size) and one my long distance hikes (3 litre size). Which sizing you choose from will very much depend on what you carry.
Sea to Summit make storage packs with lighter weight material but in this case they have used a 70D fabric so the 1 litre sizing of this packs weights in at 36grams which is relatively lightweight and also very durable. The inside of the pack is also white which is unique and allows for better visibility when rummaging around inside the pack in low light.
This pack comes with a roll top to minimise water and moisture entry, a clip closure to keep everything in place, and D ring that allows you to attach it externally to your main pack or to hang it at the campsite. From my perspective the D ring isn’t something that I am likely to use.
While roll top packs are fairly water resistant and almost waterproof if closed properly but I would avoid submersing it as there is always the risk that water may leak in. This closure system will however protect everything from water in all but a sustained submersion.
This is a handy little pack for first aid gear but also one that can be used for storing other items if the need arises. If you do decide to purchase on of these nifty little storage sacks work out what you are carrying from a first aid perspective and opt for the right size.
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AUD $15.99 RRP
Also available in a 3l and 5l sizes
Sea to Summit First Aid Dry Sack 1litre size
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker