Building a Bug-Out First Aid Kit

Posted: September 15, 2014 in 1st Aid and Medical Preparedness
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If you are anything like me you have found that most store brought first aids kits that you get don’t contain everything that you think the kits should contain or the items they do contain are second rate at best. Cheap items are the last thing you want in a first aid kit. I want my kit to contain those items I will need in an emergency that will help me provide the aid needed.

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This is why we have chosen to put this list together. Now, understand that this is not the end all be all list for first aid equipment that you may need, but it is a good start. Your needs will most certainly be different than ours. So your kit will most likely be different than ours. Remember, your kit should be based upon your needs, not anyone else’s. Include those items that will assist you during a medical emergency.

Unless you are a trained medical professional or have received advanced medical training, I highly suggest that you don’t waste your money on advance medical equipment or items like IV set-ups. These types of items require training to be used correctly and can cause more harm than good in the hands of an untrained person.

Hopefully the list will help you get your kit together.

  • 1 Container – Water Proof Container to carry supplies
  • 1 Box – Adhesive Bandages (Band-Aids) various sizes
  • 12 Each – 4×4 Sterile Gauze Pads
  • 12 Each – 2×2 Sterile Gauze Pads
  • 2 Each – 3 Inch Compression Wraps
  • 2 Roll – 3″ Sterile Gauze
  • 2 Roll – 4″ Sterile Gauze
  • 1 box – Butterfly Stitches various sizes
  • 1 Roll – 1/2″ Medical Tape
  • 1 Roll – 1″ Medical Tape
  • 1 Tube – Antibiotic Cream
  • 1 Tube – Burn Cream
  • 1 Bottle – Aspirin or Acetaminophen
  • 1 Bottle – Ibuprofen
  • 1 Box – Benedryl
  • 1 Box – Stomach OTC Medication
  • 1 Container – Lip Balm
  • 1 Container – Sun Screen
  • 1 Box – Hemostatic
  • Tweezers
  • Moleskin
  • C-Collar
  • 12 Each – Sandwich Bags
  • Various Sized Rubber-Bands
  • 1 Each – Tourniquet Kit
  • 20 Pair – Rubber Gloves
  • **1 Week of prescription meds you take

If any of your supplies are not in a water proof container, you can use sandwich bags to ensure your supplies won’t get wet. Also, if you have to split-up your kit for any reason, you can divide the supplies and pack them in to the sandwich bags.

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Having a well-stocked first aid kit will not only provide you with those medical supplies when needed, but can also aid you in other survival situations. Many of the items in the kit can pull double duty in some desperate times. For example, if your kit contains some sort of lip balm, the lip balm can be used to help make fire. Another example is most gauze in packed in water proof packaging and will stay dry, even when the kit has been submerged for some time. The gauze is another example of material that could be used to make fire.

If your group is larger than just a couple of people, the kit supplies should be expanded to ensure that the other members of your party needs are accommodated. Whether the kits are going too carried by one person or several, the supplies will have to be increased.

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A lot of people for get to include a first aid kit in there bug-out bag. A first aid kit is as important as water and food and should be one of the first concerns when developing your pack out list. Remember, by gathering these supplies may assist in saving someone’s life, even if they never leave your house. A well-stocked first aid kit is an item that everyone should have and maintain, whether it’s in your bug out bag or in your home.

  1. Brian R. says:

    Sometimes overlooked or combined with the bug out bag. The better your first aid kit the more things you can cover on your own before your in real trouble. Having lots of extra gauze and bandages is a good idea. If you are treating a burn over a long period of time you will need it for sure!

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