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A Ziploc Bag First Aid Kit

It’s easy to make a small do-it-yourself First Aid Kit to fit inside a quart size Ziploc bag. You might not need a fully equipped professional First Aid Kit for every single use-case scenario.

I believe my first Ziploc bag First Aid Kit was built for a day-hike style ‘Versipack’ (like these).

Or maybe you put one together for your purse?

Tip: ‘Freezer’ Ziploc bags are stronger.

Why do I do keep a First Aid Kit in a Ziploc bag?

While I do have a few other more substantial First Aid Kits, the minimalist (Ziploc) First Aid Kit works well for me. I can just slide it into a small space in my pack. Even if the pack is full, there’s a way to get it in there… Actually I just leave these Ziploc kits in the various bags so they’re always there.

Looking for a professionally packaged kit?
I do recommend you have a look at the various collections from Surviveware. Nice stuff…


There’s no extra bulk or weight when using a Ziploc bag. And there is the advantage of being able to see right into the Ziploc and what’s inside.

What First Aid kit items do I keep in a Ziploc bag?

Good question! It seems that I’m changing it around from time to time. Admittedly the problem that I have is that there’s always a good reason to add more Fist Aid items, however then it gets too big! There’s really no right or wrong kit, so do what works for you.

I might tailor it depending on what I’m going to be doing and where I may be going (with the associated risks thereof). However I do keep the basics in there for starters.

Items to put in a Ziploc bag Diy First Aid Kit

  • Various size ordinary band-aids for ordinary cuts
  • Butterfly closure bandages
  • Triangular bandage
  • QuikClot clotting sponge or clotting gauze
  • Antiseptic wipe packets
  • Small tube of antibiotic ointment (e.g. Neosporin)
  • Various size sterile bandages (2×2, 3×3, etc..)
  • Gauze wrap
  • Adhesive cloth tape
  • Packet of Ibuprofen tablets
  • ACE bandage (I may keep this separately)
  • Tweezers (for those nasty slivers)

Additional suggestions:

Latex, vinyl, nitrile gloves (Vinyl Medical Exam Glove, Latex Free)

Super Glue (emergency stitch)

Israeli bandage (they’re already vacuum sealed in a bag)
[ Read: How To Use The Israeli Bandage ]

[ Read: Trauma Kit Essentials ]


Aspirin (heart attack? chew two tablets, call 911)

[ Read: 10 First Aid Kit Ad-on Items, Like Good Tweezers, Better Scissors… ]

I have had more or less than that stuffed into a quart-size Ziploc bag. However keeping at least a handful of basic First Aid supplies in some sort of ‘small’ kit will enable you to pack it into a small bag for an outdoor activity that you might be involved in (hike, camp, hunt, fishing, boating, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, etc..).

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  1. About a decade ago, I was gutting a deer and got a cactus spline under my fingernail. No one in my group had any Tweezers. I drove over a hundred miles to get some that night. Lesson learned, tweezers are always in my first aide kit.

  2. a package or two of silica gel would not hurt. most tablets and meds are very hydroscopic . zip lock bags are great at storing things but they can sweat with temp changes. desiccant is cheap and i use it with everything.

    1. for those with severe allergy..decadron, crush and put under the tongue in a little honey or jelly. can do the same with benadryl, for a bad allergic reaction to bees… also albuterol inhailer if asthmatic, can be used with allergy meds to assist in airway maintainence while on way to medical care.
      . we also keep plaintain herb- triple tinctured to apply to bites, stings, poison ivy. apply every 3 minutes topical times 6…poison ivy generally does not return and stings usually are not visible in an hour.

  3. I use a large zip lock bag for my valuables when I am fishing in the boat just in case they get thrown out hitting a big wave. I leave air in it an it is a life preserver so it doesn’t sink to the bottom of the lake. I have also used the xtra large bag of air as a floating device when I went swimming in deep water before.

  4. Several size forceps for clipping off major bleeders would be good.They are not expensive and will not add much weight to your kit.

  5. Heart attack. cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon in 4 oz WARM water.. swirl it and slug it down.dilates cardiac blood vessels.also will stop some internal bleeding.. has been use to save life of gunshot wound victims..internal and external for that need.

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