The BEST BUG OUT BAG FIRST AID KIT is Tailored to Your Needs
Trying to think of everything needed for the BEST BUG OUT BAG FIRST AID KIT for a survival scenario can be daunting. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the things I deem necessary and carry in my personal Bug Out Bag First Aid Kit or BFAK. These are all the major items that I consider MUST-HAVES. There are smaller, more peripheral items I include in my own kit that aren’t mentioned. I find these secondary items tend to vary, person-to-person, to make for a more individualized kit. I’ve refined some of these major items, upgraded them, and even ditched some over the years. THE BEST BUG OUT FIRST AID KIT should be an ever-evolving one. Take some cues from my list and enhance your own BFAK. Don’t forget any prescription meds you’ll need! Be sure to download my official BOFAK CHECKLIST AND SHOPPING LIST BELOW –it’s FREE!
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THE BEST BUG OUT FIRST AID KIT Items by Category:
Rubber Gloves: For general use and sanitation while treating open wounds on yourself or others.
CAT Tourniquet (Combat Application Tourniquet): Bleeding control for life-threatening injuries involving extreme blood loss.
Combat Gauze Celox Rapid Z-Fold: Wound-packing gauze with a hemostatic agent for clotting.
Israeli Compression Bandage (6ʺ): Emergency wound dressing.
Compressed Cotton Gauze (4.5 inches x 4.1 yard—6 ply): Compact; ideal for wound bandaging and wrapping of injuries.
Hemostats or Clamps: To clamp off open bleeding and assist with suturing.
Sterile Sutures/Wound Closure Strips: to keep the skin together and facilitate healing on cuts.
4×4 WaterJel Burn Dressing: A sterile-packed burn dressing sized to fit common burn areas like the palm or the back of the hand, the neck, etc. Has a shelf life of 5 years.
Leukotape: The “it” item for blisters. When used in conjunction with gauze to cover a blister, this tape will stick to skin for weeks, even standing up to seat and water from bathing. Can also be employed for use as general medical tape.
Cotton Cravat(s): Large, ideal for splinting, bandaging, and even as a makeshift tourniquet.
SAM Splint: It can be used to splint all limbs, but most importantly it can also be utilized as a cervical collar for neck/spine injuries.
Mylar Emergency Blanket: Used to hold in body heat for warmth and potentially fight hypothermia
Moldex R95 Particulate Respirator: Keeps particulate, debris, dust, and germs out of the lungs.
Nasopharyngeal Airway (NPA #28): The airway adjunct of choice for tactical professionals. Used to keep one’s airway open.
ACE Wrap Bandage: Has a host of possible applications. Can be used as a pressure bandage for a wound, a tourniquet, or rigged into a sling, etc.
Band-Aids (variety of sizes): Keeps dirt and germs out of wounds, as well as holding antibiotic ointment in place.
Antibiotic Ointment: For the treatment of minor scrapes and open wounds. Expedites the healing process.
Trauma Shears: Can serve as a general cutting tool for a myriad of uses beyond cutting gauze or bandages.
Tweezers or Forceps: For removing anything embedded in the skin.
Safety Pins: Are always handy and can have an indefinite number of uses from assisting with bandaging to gear repair.
Common Medicines (Aspirin, Immodium AD, Benadryl, etc.): For the general aches, pains, allergies, fevers and discomforts that can pop up without warning.
Combat Wipes: Perfect for personal hygiene when a shower or water source for bathing isn’t readily available.
Insect Repellant: Keeps potential disease or virus-carrying insects away.
Medicated/SPF Lip Balm: Used to heal and protect. Lips are very susceptible to harsh weather conditions and extreme sunlight.
WetOnes Disinfecting Wipes: For general cleanliness and multi-use, antibacterial.
Hyfin Vent: for use exclusively on deep chest wounds. Prevents air from entering the wound while inhaling and allows air to escape during exhalation. Features a fail-safe system that allows the vent to keep working, even it it becomes clogged with blood.
ISH-WASH: Fits on a standard water bottle and works as an eye flushing mechanism.
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If you’ve read this far, you likely have a vested interest in making your BEST BUG OUT FIRST AID KIT. I’d love to show you all the products I trust and use in my own kit. I’ll show you the very things I’ve chosen to carry because of their reliability and quality. These are the BEST BUG OUT FIRST AID KIT items I keep on hand for myself and my loved ones. Download my FREE BOFAK CHECKLIST AND SHOPPING LIST here: