If you like carrying a minimalist combo first & emergency kit, a small rectangular zippered bag makes a nice container. You can use a stuff sack, but everything gets jumbled up and it’s hard to access the contents. I happened on this small (4x9x14 cm, 50 grams) clamshell zipped bag while grocery shopping the other day. Acquired immediately, as my slightly smaller bag (and old beacon case) has always been slightly too small for what I like carrying during big days. What’s cool are the interior clear plastic interior side pouches, and a bit of elastic at the bottom that’ll hold a film canister or something like that. For the price you also get a few first aid supplies and a Patented! fish hook removal tool. Not sure that works for tree branches, and probably won’t test any time soon.
Because this is a clamshell, if you’re handy with a sewing machine you could easily add any desired mods to the interior. Overall construction is actually above average in quality for this sort of thing, but we’re not sure how well the plastic inside dividers will hold up in the cold; if they don’t, no great loss. I modded mine by cutting off an extraneous hook/loop strap on the exterior, but I left the carabiner loop for now as it might be nice to be able to hang the bag up while accessing. The bungie cord zipper pulls are lame, but they function and are easily swapped out. When packing, to prevent damage to the zipper coils keep hard objects away from the insides of the zippers.
Admittedly, this little clamshell bag is low-end. What worked for me more than anything is the size is perfect for my needs, and the price was right. I noticed that Ortovox and some other gear companies make similar zippered first aid kit bags of various sizes. Leave a comment and share your favorites. Good way to prep for the season.