It’s easy to make a small diy first aid kit. There are plenty of practical scenarios for having a small first aid kit with you.
While it’s certainly sensible to have a decent size well-equipped first aid kit at home, lets talk about putting together a simple small diy first aid kit for other places or purposes. Why? Because you might not need a fully equipped professional First Aid Kit for every single use-case scenario.
A minimalist (Ziploc bag) first aid kit. It works well for me. I can just slide it into a small space in any of my packs. Even if the pack is full, there’s a way to get it in there… Actually, I just leave these Ziploc bag first aid kits in the various bags so they’re always there.
One such bag is the Versipack. Mrs.J and I each have one. They are practical for many varying uses. One of which is for a day-hike, wherever that may be.
(Here’s an example of what I mean by ‘Versipack’)
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And this is the particular one that we use:
Or maybe you put together a diy first aid kit for your purse? Or to keep in a compartment on your 4-wheeler ATV? Your boat? Vehicle? Your range bag? Fishing, hunting, camping, hiking…you get the idea. There are plenty of uses.
And, depending on the use-case, you might tailor it to some extent (especially the range bag, for example).
Why do I do keep a First Aid Kit in a Ziploc bag? One reason is 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. Another big reason? It’s waterproof.
What Items To Keep in a Small DIY First Aid Kit
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 items. However, then it gets too big! There’s really no right or wrong first aid 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.
- Various size ordinary band-aids for ordinary cuts
- Absorbent compress dressings
- 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 / Self adhesive bandage wrap
- Packet of Ibuprofen tablets
- ACE bandage for sprain (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)
- Aspirin (heart attack? chew two tablets, call 911) (Not for children under 15)
- Hyfin Vent Chest Seal
- QuikClot Gauze 3 inch x 2 Foot
- Recon Medical Tourniquet
- Take a First Aid course
- Know CPR
- Allergy medications
- Sutures, syringes and lidocaine to stitch cuts
- Eye wash, eye drops
- Rehydration pack
- Blister band aids
- Burn gel
- Burn bandages (non stick)
Like I said, your small diy first aid kit could get bigger and bigger… Where to stop? What to include? It all depends. What are your thoughts?
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