If you’re in the military, an individual serving in that branch will probably have a tactical first aid kit in his/her backpack. This type of kit has to be well-stocked with all the basic life saving first aid items you’ll need. Depending on where you are or what you do, that may mean a band-aid, CPR face shield, CPR mouthpiece, and so on. You should also take into consideration what special features you’d like your first aid kit to include.
For starters, don’t skimp on the medical supplies in your tactical first aid kit. At bare minimum, you need to carry on-hand what your company, group or squad needs in its SOP, but when you’re putting together a customized first aid medical kit for yourself, you could stuff it full with special, specialty-type items you know you’ll need on a regular basis. These include AED units, batteries, an ambulance lift, defibrillators, first aid kits, medicine, other medical devices, medical supplies, medications, sterile gloves, sponges, tweezers, etc.
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
It’s also a good idea to make sure your first aid medical kits are stocked with everything necessary for CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) in case someone is revived after an emergency cardiac arrest (resuscitation) while you’re not able to get to them.
In addition to having specialty items, consider getting a durable, waterproof bag. While the EMS world often touts these two items as the absolute necessities of any emergency response kit, keep in mind that you might have to improvise a bit if your kit is in a moist environment, such as the trunk of a car or a warehouse, or even on the ground in a flood or disaster. A durable, waterproof bag will provide protection and will also be easily sanitized to prevent exposure to harmful bacteria or germs.
Easy To Access
Next, pack your kit in a way that’s easy to access. There’s nothing more frustrating or downright impossible than trying to load up an AED unit, for example, with only a single hand. By the same token, consider the design and layout of your emergency supplies bag. Is the pouch difficult to open or difficult to see through? Ideally, your pouch should be large enough to hold several items stacked face-down, with plenty of room to wiggle things around in case they get lost.
If you don’t want to buy a pre-packaged survival package, then consider getting one from survivors and other well-wishers. The price point can vary widely, but survival kit contents you may find in these bags include food and water, blankets, clothes, hygiene products such as soap, bandages and disinfectant, medications, toiletries, flotation devices, an emergency beacon, a whistle, a signaling device, a cell phone, an emergency blanket, a map, and other personal items.
For maximum value, look for quality brands such as Energizer Gear’s Personal Defense Solutions or American Red Cross’ members, which come complete with all of the above mentioned items and much more.
Linens And Supplies
After the aforementioned work is done, pack your kit with durable linens and supplies. Linens and other absorbent supplies will keep everything in good condition even after multiple trips to the bathroom. Consider having a supply of absorbent pads, towels, and non-absorbent clothing as well. Be sure that your linens have antibacterial properties as well to prevent the spread of infections. Heavy duty towels are a must-have.
Finally, don’t forget your medical kits! Medical kits are often called “durable” or “medical” kits, because the contents inside these are not only designed to survive but actually enhance the chances of survival of those you aid. Among the contents of a standard medical kit include antiseptics, bandages, cleaning agents, and disinfectants. Other helpful supplies to include in your survival medical kit are antibiotics, diagnostics, essential first aid supplies, and antibiotics.
As far as cleanliness of a kit, it is best to pack clean water and absorbent pads. These will prevent germs from thriving on your wounds. Sterile pads are available at most drug stores, and you can even substitute these for the pads found in standard medical kits. A sterile pad is important because it prevents the spread of infection and increases the odds of minimizing your chances of developing severe or serious infections. In addition, if you do develop an infection, at least the water and absorbent pads you packed inside will alleviate your pain, minimize swelling, and improve your healing process.