Bugout Bag Essentials: First Aid

Bugout Bag Essentials: First Aid

When it comes to building a bugout bag or "go" bag one of the most important items to incorporate is a first aid kit. Having basic first aid supplies is critical and can even save a life in certain situations. When building your bugout bag, the modular webbing on the outside serves as a prime location for a first aid kit pouch. Whichever first aid kit or pouch being utilized for first aid gear, it is important to ensure there are MOLLE straps to attach. In times of need, your kit should be easy to locate and easily accessible. 


First Aid Kit History

First aid kits go back to over 100 years. Initially debuted by Robert Johnson in 1988, they have rapidly changed over the years. However, the one thing remains constant, their importance and usefulness. Survivalists ought to prioritize education on first aid uses and supplies. This foundation will allow the ability to act promptly and swiftly in times of crisis. 

Basic Checklist

Whether for a bugout bag or for at home there is a list of items that the American Red Cross suggest in every first aid kit: 

  • First Aid Guide
  • Compress Dressings
  • Adhesive Bandages
  • Adhesive Cloth Tape
  • Antibiotic Ointment Packets
  • Antiseptic Wipe Packets
  • Asprin
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Breathing Barrier
  • Cold Compress
  • Nonlatex Gloves
  • Hydrocortisone Ointment Packets
  • Gauze Roll
  • Roller Bandage
  • Sterile Gauze Pads
  • Thermometer
  • Triangular Bandages
  • Tweezers

In addition to the basic items above, personal need medication and bleeding control items such as tourniquets and Israeli bandages should also hold placement. Regularly check first aid items for expiration dates and remove and replace them to ensure efficient use. Beyond first aid items, regularly checking and updating bugout kit items proves wise. 

Fist Aid Kit Options

If most of the first aid items are on hand, then adding missing items and a MOLLE Pouch will complete the basics. Otherwise, there are several first aid kits available that contain different essentials. The MOLLE Tactical First Aid Kit pouch remains our best selling and most popular basic kit. Including over 40 essential items at a great price. For more advanced kits, adding our Jungle First Aid Kit, Trauma Pack w/Pro and Surgical Kit pouch make for great additions to any pack. Regardless of which kit or pouch initially utilized, plan for additional first aid essential stocking. Different scenarios require different items, and it's always best to have it and not need it, rather than need it and not have it. 


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