I keep a ‘do-it-yourself’ First Aid Kit in a quart size Ziploc bag. It’s purposed to fit into any number of my various bag kits.
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.
There’s no extra bulk or weight of a hard container 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
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..)
Adhesive cloth tape
Packet of Ibuprofen tablets
A ‘feminine pad’ (for bleeding not bad enough for QuikClot)
ACE bandage (folded to fit within Ziploc)
Tweezers (for those nasty slivers)
-Latex, vinyl, nitrile gloves (Vinyl Medical Exam Glove, Latex Free)
-Super Glue (emergency stitch)
-Israeli bandage (How To Use The Israeli Bandage)
-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..).
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