Bug Out Bag First Aid Kit





Introduction: Bug Out Bag First Aid Kit

In this instructable I will be showing you how to assemble a first aid kit for your bug out bag. For those of you who are new to the concept of a bug out bag  please check out this link to the Wikipedia page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bug-out_bag

When you are in a survival situation you are almost guaranteed to have some kind of first aid need that will arise. Not having a well assembled first aid kit in an already chaotic situation can make everything much worse.  

we will start with the pack itself:

The pack is made by Voodoo tactical  (http://www.voodootactical.net/p-1075-voodoo-tactical-molle-utility-pouch-new-resue-red.aspx)
It is a MOLLE compatible first aid pouch with heavy duty zipper. This bag cost around $15 dollars, I bought mine at a local store but they can be purchased from the link.

You want your first aid kit to be the last thing loaded into your Bug Out Bag as it needs to be easily accessible. Your first aid kit should be easy to find in your bag based off of site and feel.

Step 1: CPR Pocket Resuscitator

This is a crucial item to have in your first aid kit.  a pocket resuscitator for doing CPR allows you to perform CPR on an individual and potentially save their life.

I purchased this model on eBay for around $10.  The one feature that you want to make sure that your CPR mask has is a one way valve.  Often times a person receiving CPR will vomit, this valve will keep that vomit out of your mouth. also look for a mask that comes in a nice hard case and includes gloves.

Step 2: Wound Suturing/Closure

There is a good chance that during your survival period you or a loved one will become lacerated in some fashion that is beyond the capabilities of a bandage, for that reason I like to keep a couple of suturing options in my first aid kit.

option #1:

sterile packed suture with attached needle.  these can be found on eBay for quite cheap around $2 a piece, it is also a good idea to have a couple of sterile packed scalpels to go along with this part of the kit.

option #2:

Sterile packed skin stapler and separately packed staple remover. this can be an invaluable tool if someone is injured as it requires very little technical know how.  these can be picked up on eBay for around $15 for the set typically.

Step 3: Bandages and Gauze

This is pretty straight forward you should have a multitude of bandaging options and mine personally includes:

1 ACE elastic bandage with metal clips

1 roll of gauze

2 non stick gauze pads 3x4 inches

1 roll of medical tape

2 large bandages

5 regular bandage strips

4 butterfly closures

Step 4: Miscellaneous Items

Some of the other items that your first aid kit should contain are as follows:

Hand sanitizing wipes
Antibiotic ointment
Alcohol wipes
cotton swabs

Latex gloves
cotton balls

Ibuprofen pills in a small watertight bottle
antihistamine pills in a small watertight bottle
and bismuth pills also in a small watertight bottle.

Step 5: In Conclusion

Remember that your first aid kit should be tailored to your personal needs.  You should include backups up any prescription medicines that you take and be sure to pack extra contact lens solutions if you need to.

Also keep in mind that the point of a bug out bag is to keep you safe for 72 hours during a disaster, it can be easy to overpack and get carried away. You should just try to be thorough but not overexcessive, but of course this is at your own discrection of what you feel comfortable carrying.

Thanks for reading. and let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.



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    One thing most people don't think of or know is to include a few tubes of Superglue. If you don't have a suture kit or don't know how to suture, you can use Superglue! It will close most wounds as it bonds skin to skin INSTANTLY! This was a tip I picked up in the Army from a Combat Medic buddy.

    I would add mini tampons and maxipads. duel purpose item great for asboring large amounts of blood. You can insert them into penetrating wounds

    Remember, tampons and maxi pads are designed to absorb blood. I would recommend using a sterile gauze on the wound and then add the maxi pad to absorb any blood that would leak through.

    I am training to be an EMS and I agree with question agreement about having a syringe for irrigating wounds, if u include mild painkiller shots u would be even more prepared remember to know the proper dosage!

    Just to clarify, if you're trained in cpr, the victim shouldn't vomit, seeing as that only happens when you give them too much air and the excess air goes to their stomach, so if the victim vomits, dont breath so hard next time

    Not true. The victims will not always vomit but usually they do. I was a first aid/CPR instructor and I never saw anything that supports your claim.

    Not necessarily. If the victim was drunk/nauseous before requiring CPR, the first aider's live can be made very unpleasant due to vomiting

    A friend who's a retired army medic (saw service in the first Gulf War) also includes sanitary napkins and tampons with her wound-kit. The sanitary pads are made to absorb LOTS of blood, and tampons can "plug" a bullet wound temporarily, and both are available pre-wrapped in sterile packaging... Also, if you're female or there are females in your group, it never hurts to have a good supply of feminine-hygiene products on hand... :-)

    Also a pack of smokes, when I was in they trained us that the celephane wrapper on a pack of smokes, placed over a sucking chest wound, then secured with a pressure bandage would seal the wound.

    Then you could trade the smokes for more zombie bustin' .226 rounds. Or take up smoking after 20 years, seeing as the end is near.

    Looks like a well packed bag!

    I'd also add first aid training. You need to be able to use those things properly, and be so well versed in techniques you can do them whilst panicking / in pain / shocked etc.