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9/13/10

EDC First Aid Kit

I'll have to admit, I've been a first aid kit slacker for many years. I'm a pretty safe, risk-averse kind of guy--never had any major injuries, broken limbs or even stitches. I play it pretty safe, and as such, don't really find myself in need of first aid supplies fairly often. For a long time, my first aid supplies in my EDC bag were limited to basically a pair of tweezers, a few bandaids, a bottle of hand sanitizer and a mini-bottle of ibuprofen. This simple kit took care of most of what I needed, but I knew it was a "weak" area of my bag

Back in late July, I came across a YouTube video on a small, EDC-type first aid kit by a guy named USNERDOC. This video got me jump-started; a well thought out kit, with contents-list and everything ready to go--pretty easy to dive in and get-r-done.

With some scavenging through our medical supplies, I came up with about 1/3 of the kits contents, plus a few items that I decided to add for me--some Claritin allergy meds and some antacids. I picked up another 1/3 after a few trips to various stores. My recommendation on first aid shopping: hit Wal-Mart first. They have a decent selection--better than the drug stores I went to--and good prices. I ordered an aLokSak to throw it all in, and had my FAK 2/3s done. Took it on a week-long trip and hey, it came in pretty handy.

Some of the other items were a bit harder to find and needed to be ordered online. I priced them out from several online dealers and finally went with Rescue Essentials. Their prices and shipping were the best that I could find, plus they throw in some free stuff. Stuff came promptly, no complaints.

Here's the almost completed kit; contents are pretty similar to the original USNERDOC. I still need to get a hemostatic and maybe a few other small things - razor blade, maybe.


Content List
  • 6x9 aLoksak
  • Tweezers
  • Gorilla tape
  • 1" adhesive tape
  • 10mL syringe
  • Ibuprofen - 20 pills
  • Super glue - single use tube
  • Claritin - 6 pills
  • Pepcid - 6 pills
  • Peptop Chewable - 6 pills
  • Various sizes of bandaids
  • Butterfly closures - 6
  • Moleskin - 2" x 3"
  • Safety pins - 4
  • Alcohol pads -10
  • Triple Antibiotic ointment - 3
  • Hydrocortisone cream -3
  • Providone-Iodine ointment - 3
  • Gauze pad 3x3 - 2
  • Gauze pad 4x4 - 2
  • Trauma pad 5x9 - 1
  • H and H Compressed gauze
The kit has proved useful several times already, treating everyday stuff and a sliced open finger. The weight is minimal, and it fits perfectly into an out-of-the-way pocket inside my EDC pack. I used leftover supplies to put a similar kit together for my wife, which rides around in her purse.

If you're rolling light on first aid supplies, I highly recommend putting together a decent kit. The supplies--for the most part--are fairly inexpensive. And if you ever need them, you'll be glad to have them around.

May 2012 UPDATE:  I'm moving to two different kits - a "snivel/boo-boo" kit for the minor every day stuff, and a more dedicated blow-out kit. There's a lot of wisdom to keeping this kits separate, and I'm in the process of switching over.

14 comments :

  1. Mine is very similar to yours, but I've managed to store it in a Witz Keep it Safe container. I probably will move away from the hardshell container (Useless bulk at but with the aid of waterproofness) and go with an Aloksak soon.

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  2. Some type of small multi-tool w/ scissors (that PS4 Squirt you mention earlier might be a good canidate) and make those tweezers Super Slivers would be good additions to the above.

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  3. Glad to have the links to Rescue Essentials and the waterproof bags. We have a first aid kit, but it is light on a lot of essentials. Thanks!

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  4. Anonymous -

    I have a little leatherman on my key chain at all times. I've added a little SerePick Folding Razor Saw to the kit though, which gives me a razor (very sharp) for cutting, and a saw for...I'm not sure yet. Maybe a field expedient bone saw? A very very tiny and slow bone saw.

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  5. I think you are missing one absolutely essential piece in your kit - rubber gloves. I mean those lightweight one-time gloves you can buy for few bucks per hundred.
    Put at least a pair or two in your kit. Weights zero to nothing and can save you - they are not for the patient protection but for your protection. Imagine you want to help your fellow colleague/friend/innocent bystander - car accidents are pretty common. So there is blood all around and you dont know anything about whether your patient is healthy or has any blood-spreading disease.
    You surely would feel like idiot to help someone with broken leg only to catch AIDS or hepatitis.
    This was one of often reminded things through my first aid training:)

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  6. Zappo, thats a good observation about rubber gloves. Maybe add a cheap left brand new in package shower curtain would do for a clean work surface free from germs? Might get a bit bulky though.

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  7. Zappo -

    The "no gloves" is on purpose. I'm not going to do any work on a random person, especially where I'd have concerns about disease, etc. This kit is for use on myself, my immediate family, and similar.

    I may add some gloves, but it's not a prime concern.

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  8. Very nice, I used some of your ideas as I built my own kit. Thank you!

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  9. I will once again try to promote the "must have gloves" approach. I understand that you intend to help yourself and your family only, but what if you are either direct part or a witness of car accident? Do you just walk away? For me - I cannot. And in fact, I did not when I was nearby as car crashed a boy (about 10 years old) in above 60 km/h speed. There was blood (althougn fortunately not much) and I did not have gloves in that time. I helped, but it could get ugly for me - I did not know anything about him.
    And this can happen to you much more often then "End of the world" - car accidents are not rare.

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  10. What's the 10mL syringe for? Also, I must agree with Zappo on the glove issue. Both for his points and the fact that you just don't want blood everywhere, even if it's your own family's disease-free blood. It's still blood. You also don't know what's on your own hands. I use individually-wrapped sterile gloves, so I know when I touch an open wound, I'm not going to make it worse with whatever may have ended up on my hands.

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  11. The syringe is for irrigating/washing out wounds.

    Still have not added gloves, but may in the future. Points noted. Individually wrapped is the way to go.

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  12. I like that people think to include a first aid kit in their gear, but being an army medic, I gotta point out that there's major holes in this kit, yes not everyone is a medic and therefore shouldn't lug around a 20+ lb medic bag, but little things help. Try adding some CAT (Combat Application Tourniquet) to your bag. Found one on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Military-Issue-Combat-Application-Tourniquet/dp/B003EGVC18 for a little above 20 bucks. These things take seconds to put on, but can stop major bleeding on a limb, thereby saving you or your families lives. Also, consider reading some first aid books and learning about wounds that are common, for instance, for a gunshot would to the torso, you could use a pair of those rubber gloves and some duct tape to at the very least stabilize them. Just my thoughts.

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    1. Thanks for your comments.

      I agree - this is a capable boo boo kit, but not equipped to handle serious trauma. As noted in the update, I have moved to two separate Kits- one boo boo kit, and a compact trauma/gun shot kit. The latter has combat gauze, a tk-4 tourniquet and other stuff. I will be profiling it shortly.

      Better equipped IFAKs at home, in vehicles and on plate carrier.

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  13. Good Stuff! Credit to you and USNERDOC. I've recreated my own with a few minor changes and additions here and there. I made one for my Level 2 EDC. A larger kit will be carried in my Level 3 EDC(GHB). People need to understand the importance of different level kits and how to carry them.


    Prior Combat Medic. Prepare to survive or prepare to be a statistic.

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