Essential Items for Your First Aid Kit

 Essential Items for Your First Aid Kit

First aid and our medical kits are often overlooked when it comes to our survival gear. The fact is, during an emergency situation, your first aid kit will most probably get used much more than your knife or your other equipment so we need to get this in order now.

Before starting to put your medical kit together, you need to think about any specific needs of you and your family members and be sure to include those items first. Because of this, everybody’s medical kit will be different however, there are some essential items that should always be in a first aid kit.

Below you will find a list of the essential items to include when putting together your very own first aid kit. Understand, that you shouldn’t only have these items, you will need more, you just need to make sure that these are included.

Duct Tape

I know this is the last thing that you would think of to include in a first aid kit but amongst the hundreds of other uses of this product, it can be used to close together an open wound until you can get the proper medical attention.

Adhesive Bandages

You are going to need an assortment of different sized adhesive bandages in your first aid kit. These are great for dealing with any small cuts and scrapes.

Large bandages

As well as any smaller injuries we also must prepare for the larger injuries as well.

Butterfly Sutures

These are also great when it comes to closing small open wounds. They hold a wound together much like stitches would. Clean the wound and wash out any foreign materials or debris. If you have any kind of antiseptic, apply it to the wound and dry the area. Start in the middle of the wound and apply the strips, pulling the cut together as tightly as possible. Work your way towards the edges, gently bringing the two sides together and taping them shut.

Elastic Bandages

Wrapping a sprained ankle or wrist reduces its range of motion and protects it from further injury. Sprains are common, especially in chaotic situations, and can happen easily to those who are out of shape.


You need to include a variety of gauzes in different shapes and sizes.

Medical Tape

If you need to use gauze you are going to need some way of holding it in place. The easiest way of doing this would be with the use of medical tape.

Surgical Mask

This will provide you with a layer of protection from airborne microorganisms.

Tweezers and Magnifying Glass

Splinters are not only painful and annoying but can get infected easily. Magnifying glasses can make removal of small splinters much easier especially if you have less than great vision. Tweezers are also very useful in removing ticks.

Eye Wash Kit

If you need to flush debris out of your eyes, a good eye wash kit (including eye cup) can come in very handy.

Latex Gloves

When aiding those that may be infected with a virus or harmful bacteria, these gloves will provide a necessary protective barrier.

Pain Reliever

Including a variety of pain relievers such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and aspirin is important.


Critical for reducing the possibility of infection and fighting bacteria.

Other Items to Consider

  • Emergency dental kit
  • Sterile needles and surgical blades.
  • Splints – SAM and air splints
  • Quick Clot Gauze
  • Grooming and cleaning tools – Fingernail clippers, soap, Antiseptic wipes.
  • Scissors
  • Disposable thermometers
  • Vaseline
  • Burn creams and dressings
  • An assortment of medical manuals and basic first aid instructions.
  • The Zipstitch

It is essential that you take the time to put together a good first aid kit so that you have everything that you need when you need it. As well as having the right kit ensure that you also understand how to use each part.

What are we missing? What do you have in your first aid kit? Let us know in the comments below.

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