First Aid while bugging out is something most of us don’t really think about. Oh sure, I have plenty of first aid supplies in my preps (Meds, gauze, trauma supplies, etc.). I even have a small first aid bag on my vest (Band-Aids, Alcohol wipes, iodine swabs, etc.). It finely dawned on me that I may need something with me if something bad was to happen, like being shot or stabbed on my way to my retreat. I’m thinking a Band-Aid and an iodine swab might not be enough. Sure. I prepared for it once I got to my retreat, but because of weight considerations, I didn’t add it to my bugout bag. In retrospect, that may have been a mistake. After much thought, I decided to remove the small First Aid kit and replace it with one a little larger that will hopefully contain items I may need while not adding much additional weight.
Here is the list I put together for my new First Aid Kit:
- 2 – Rolls of 2″ X 5 yds. Sterile Gauze.
- 1 – Box of assorted Band-Aids.
- 4 – Pair of Sterile non latex examination gloves.
- 4 – packets of single use Antibacterial ointment.
- 4- packets of single use Burn ointment.
- 4 – packets of single use Alcohol wipes.
- 4 – packets of single use Iodine wipes.
- 1 – 6 Piece Hema-Flex Large Wound Compress Kit.
- 1 – Tourniquet, Forceps, and Scissors Kit.
- 2 -Rolls Non Woven Cohesive Wrap Self Adherent Bandages 2″x5 Yards.
- 2- Sealed sterile Trauma Pads 5 inch X 9 inch.
- 1 – Resealable pack of Corn Starch (Stops bleeding fast and is all natural).
- 1 – Halo patch. (For Sucking chest wounds that require an emergency first aid solution)
- 2 – Tampons (to plug bullet holes if needed)
- 2 – Single use hand sanitizer packets.
- 1 – Roll of 2 inch medical tape.
- 1 – Sterile single use scalpel.
- 1 – Suture pack.
I am sure I am forgetting something, but this is a good basic list to start with. All of this is will fit in a small pouch such as a 4 X 10 inch belt pouch that can easily be attached to the back of your belt. By doing this you can be sure that if things get really bad and you get seriously injured, you will at least have the basics to take care of yourself or a loved one on the way to your retreat. I hope this helps you and get’s you thinking about your First Aid kit and what is in it. Make sure that you are prepared for any emergency whether at your retreat or on your way to it. Until next time, keep on prepping and please stay safe!