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.
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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)
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)
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..).