Since attending a recent first aid training at the local Red Cross, I’ve become increasingly interested in first aid and preparedness in general. I wouldn’t call myself a “prepper,” but I do like to have a robust first aid kit on hand for what ever life throws my way.
Philosophy of Use (POU):
Versatility is the key idea guiding the composition of this kit. I found myself needing supplies for different applications: basic first aid, range medic, mini-disaster preparedness, street medic, west coast festival culture, etc. Any given day I could end up dealing with a small cut or burn, a gun shot wound, an earthquake, a riot, or a drug overdose. The items included are the result of careful personal consideration as well as conversations with friends and paramedical colleagues. It is designed for a group of 2-4 people as opposed to an individual IFAK-type configuration.
The kit is not a professional medical or long term care kit. Like most first responders, I assume that the person I am aiding will receive some sort of professional medical care within hours. I also assume that I will eventually have access to my back up supplies to restock after busting the kit out. I only packed what I reasonably know how to use, although an upcoming Wilderness First Responder class should allow me to enhance and utilize my kit more fully.
I store everything in a Condor Ripaway EMT Pouch, which has incredible storage capacity (check out a product description for more). I chose it primarily to be able to access items with one hand, which I learned the importance of after having to patch up a gashed finger. I chose Multicam pattern simply because it’s pretty. Small items are grouped and stored in ziploc bags, that way everything in the pack can take a dunk in a river and still remain sterile and dry. I also keep a list of items in the pouch and try to keep in mind which items are banned by TSA (medication, razor) so I can potentially remove them for travel.
Item List in 4 Categories:
LED light w/ lanyard and mini-carabiner
small razor with sheath
4 safety pins
waterproof notebook and pencil
up to 15 ft of 550 paracord (fob on velcro pull tab and LED lanyard)
adhesive bandage “booboo kit” with Neosporin and skin glue
2 unscented tampons
large gauze dressing
small gauze dressing
gauze pad kit with various sizes from 2×2” to 5×9”
medical tape roll (tied into pouch with gutted paracord)
2 pairs of nitrile gloves
alcohol wipes/prep pads kit
2 field towels (Hoo-Ahhs)
2 face masks
8 ziploc bags of various sizes
standard aspirin and non-aspirin pain/fever reducers
Looking forward to improving the kit, the obvious step is to train more with different tools for different situations. Besides that, I would like to incorporate more “natural” remedies (healing herbs, 5HTP) and add a Benchmade 915SBK to the mix because of its 4 way capability as a straight blade, serrated blade, seatbelt cutter, and window breaker.
Be prepared, train often. Here’s to hoping I never have to use any of it.
|Fold out clamshell design makes kit easy to access with one hand and seal quickly with a velcro strap. You can see that there is a lot of organizing space in this pouch.|