Survival Skills: Build Your Own Trauma Kit

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Trauma kits are meant to deal with major injuries and keep someone alive until medical care can be reached. Hopefully you never need one, but the what-if mantra—it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it—certainly applies to a trauma kit. In building my own, I started with a Maxpedition FR-1 pouch, which retails around $40. Then I filled it with the medical gear I’d need to patch a serious blowout.

1 – Space blanket, to wrap up the patient and discourage shock
6 – 4x4-inch non-stick gauze pads
1 – 8x10-inch trauma pad
1 – 4-inch Israeli dressing
2 – Pairs of non-latex gloves
1 – Roll of 1-inch tape
20 – Assorted flexible fabric bandages
1 – Ace bandage, self-adherent, 3 inches x 5 yards (replace this every year, as the adhesive eventually glues it all together)
1 – QuikClot ACS (clotting sponge)
20 – Antiseptic wipes
2 – Ammonia inhalant swabs (to revive the patient)
1 each – CPR mask, tweezers, EMT shears, eyewash, burn gel packet
1 each – Eye pad, tourniquet, triangle bandage, tube of Neosporin

And remember that owning this gear doesn’t magically instill you with the knowledge of how to use it. Get some proper medical training on the use of the supplies in this type of kit. Do you have a trauma kit? What other contents do you keep in it?