First Aid Kit
A First Aid Kit, often abbreviated FAK, is a set of tools and supplies designed and assembled to ease or make possible the performance of First Aid. Having a FAK by itself, as part of a bug-out bag, or in a vehicle or home is a large step towards be prepared for disasters great and small.
It is typically the first financial investment one makes in the Band-aids aspect of the Beans-Bullets-Bandaids of prepping. However, one must also invest in the books, knowledge, training and skills of healing as well.
Building a First Aid Kit
When building your own FAK there are several factors you will want to consider such as:
- What tools and supplies am I capable of using?
- How many people is this kit is for?
- Is it just for trauma (injuries) or also for illness?
- Where do you plan to use it? (At the house or on a road trip, or in the PAW?)
- How long do you want it to last?
There a many different items to consider when building a FAK, these are some of the items you may want to have with you.
First Aid Reference Material
- Combat Medic Field Reference by Casey Bond
- EMS Medication Field Guide by Peter A. Dillman
- First Aid for Soldiers (Field Manual FM21-11)
- US Army Special Forces Medical Handbook (Field Manual st-91b)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Ammonia Inhalant (Smelling Salts)
- Cough Drops
- Epinephrine Pen
- Hydration Salts
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
- Alcohol (bottle or pads)
- Antiseptic Ointment
- Benzalkonium wipes
- Bug Spray
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hydrocortisone Cream
- Lip Balm (Chapstick)
- Hemostatic Agent (Quikclot)
- Asherman Chest Seal
- Bandages including Adhesive bandages (eg. Band-aids)
- Burn Dressing
- Cold Pack
- Elastic Wraps
- Emergency Trauma Bandage (Israeli Bandage)
- Gauze (Kerlix)
- Hemostatic Bandages
- Oil Emulsion Dressing
- One inch tape
- SAM Splint
- Three Inch Tape/Duct Tape
- Triangular Bandage
- Temporary tooth filling