The ability to treat wounds is key in a survival situation.
It is important to have a medical kit readily available in case the unforeseen happens.
I have first aid kits in my house, where I work and in my car to make sure I’m never too far from being able to help myself or someone around me.
These kits are all different than the one I have for my bug out bag. The first aid kits all have the basic items as you can see in the picture I took of my work medical kit.
These kits are great for the home and workplace because I mostly deal with scrapes and small cuts, having pre-made kits for these situations is perfectly fine.
In a bug out situation I am moving to a location because where I was got compromised and is no longer safe, meaning I need medical supplies that will keep me moving.
The simple band aids and small things in the generic kits just won’t cut it.
Some of the very important stuff to have in your medical kit include:
- Triangle Bandages– There are many uses for these bandages. They can be used on a large wound to help stop the bleeding. If you have someone with a injured arm you can make a sling out of the bandage by tying the ends behind the head. You can even use them for wrapping up head wounds!
- Israeli Compression Bandage– These are new to me, very versatile, sterile, and vacuum sealed. They have a large pad that will help stop the bleeding to keep you moving in an emergency. They come with everything inside the package that you need to tie it off and can be applied pretty much anywhere.
- Quick clotting agent– If you need to stop the bleeding quick, this is the stuff you need. While I was in the military this is one of the items we carried. Luckily, I never had to use it because it burns pretty bad when applied. This is an item you could add or leave out, as it can be pretty expensive for a single application.
- Tourniquet– If all else fails this can be used to stop massive bleeding but this is a LAST RESORT as it could mean the loss of your limb. This is also only able to be used on arms and legs, it won’t help a torso or head wound.
- Needle and Thread– Used to stitch up some wounds. Necessary in a survival situation where you can’t get to a hospital or get medical attention.
- Different size gauze pads– These will help stop bleeding and cover wounds to reduce chances of infection. Gauze pads can be held on by medical tape so you can keep moving towards your destination.
- ACE bandage– Helps to support a sprain, but can also be used to secure a splint.
These are some of the most important items you should have in your first aid kit, there are a ton of other things that can be added to help in an emergency.
Alcohol pads help clean the wound to avoid infection and should be used before you bandage a wound.
Burn cream is to help soothe burns, promote healing and helps fight off infection.
Having a way to provide relief from blisters while hiking a long ways is another necessary medical supply.
Apply some moleskin to blisters or sore spots to help ease the pain while walking long distances. If you don’t have any moleskin you can use band aids to relieve sore spots by covering them then putting your socks on over them.
Next I want to cover a few common medications that will benefit your bug out bag.
- Ibuprofen– This drug helps to relieve pain and swelling. Its common use involves headache relief. When dealing with any sort of bone break Ibuprofen is not recommended as it can hinder the healing process.
- Imodium– This helps to slow down you digestive process which helps stop diarrhea. Diarrhea can dehydrate you quickly which will keep you from moving to your bug-out location. This is especially important to have if you are getting water from unclean sources.
- Acetaminophen– This is a fever and pain reducer and is good for instances where a bone is broken.
- Benadryl– Its uses involve allergy relief, especially useful for those people that have allergies to pollen and various other outdoor allergens.
This is not a complete list, considering a whole site could be developed just for medical kits in a bug out bag.
I did come across a medical kit that is perfect for bug out situations.
It has everything you could need and comes packed in a nice bag ready to go. The only things it does not have is medications, so you would have to add those to this kit if you ended up getting it.
This is a picture of the first aid kit all neatly packed away so you can easily access its contents. I like that it is MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) compatible so I can store it on the outside of my bug out bag for easy access.
If you are interested in checking out this pack and want to see its contents click here.
I hope the information I have provided for you will keep you safe in the event that you ever need to use it.
Stay safe out there…