A well-stocked first-aid kit is an absolute must in any survival kit or bug-out bag, but unfortunately, many survivalists make the critical mistake of simply purchasing a medical kit from the local sporting goods store and considering themselves good.
Those kits often have much or most of what you need, but you should always check that you have all the proper materials, and you should always make your medical kit more personable for you.
Before we go into what you need to include in your custom medical kit, it’s important to note that you should have more than just one. In fact, consider getting a minimum of three custom medical kits ready to go: one in your car at all times, one in your bug-out bag or survival kit at all times, and one in your house or garage at all times as well.
The first thing you need to include in your custom medical kit is the emergency contact information for as many people as you know. This includes the phone numbers, email addresses and even physical addresses of friends and family members, and also the contact information for hospitals and doctor’s offices.
Following is a list of supplies that you should have in your medical kit at all times, with no exceptions. If you use your first aid kit regularly, it’s a good idea to check it often to ensure that all of the supplies are there:
- Adhesive tape
- Aloe Vera gel
- Antibiotic ointment
- Bandages (a wide variety in assorted sizes)
- Chap Stick
- Cold packs
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
- Disposable gloves (at least two or three pair)
- Duct tape
- Flashlight (small and compact, with spare batteries)
- Gauze pads
- Glow stick (at least two)
- Hand sanitizer
- Medical cup
- Medications (specific medication for you prescribed by your doctor; examples include allergy medications or an EpiPen)
- Space blanket
- Tylenol pills
Take a survival medical course if there is one offered in your area. You should be absolutely familiar with each of the items in your medical kit, and also know how to use each one. One of the benefits of taking a survival medical course is that you get to practice your first-aid skills and use the items you own.
Will you be able to find a store bought medical kit that has most if not all of these items listed? Possibly. But many survivalists and preppers who buy store-bought first-aid kits don’t go through the kits, and even if they do, they may not be fully familiar with the items.
Buying the individual parts of the medical kit and then putting it together yourself will give your brain absolute familiarity with each item and also means that you can remember each and every item that you placed in your kit. One caution: Custom first-aid kits may be more expensive, as you have to buy each of the items separately.
What are your “must-have” first-aid kit supplies? Did you notice something missing from our list? Leave your reply in the section below: