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Survive...Don't Suffer


Assuming you've answered the questions in the foundation section, it's time to get down to business and build a genuine, personalized, 1st-class Survival Medical kit.

Logic dictates we begin with the bag, or container, that the Medical Supplies will be put into. If your Survival Medical Kit is going into a bug-out bag, the container should be a tough, but soft-sided nylon type bag. A rigid container will make packing the bug-out bag considerably more difficult and take up unnecessary room. In addition, you may decide to break up the Medical Kit into several smaller sections to facilitate packing and to provide easy access to those items you're likely to use frequently, such as band-aids. Place the Medical Kit in a plastic bag, or simply wrap in in plastic wrap of some sort to ensure waterproofing. If the Medical Kit is being prepared for a permanent location, the container can be just about anything.

The size of the container you choose will ultimately determine what you can put into it, thus the items you select from the list may have to be adjusted down (or up) to accommodate the size of the container.

The list of items that should be in any good Survival Medical Kit are not complicated, nor are they expensive. (The quantities of a required item will ultimately be determined by the number of people the Medical Kit will be supporting.) Remember, the list WILL NOT INCLUDE those specialized items or medications you or your family may currently require or that you project may become necessary in the future. It also will not take into account your level of medical expertise. (If you're a surgeon, or a dentist, for example, you'll obviously want to take along some extra, more specialized equipment.)

The first item for your Medical Kit should be a good book on First Aid, advanced First Aid or any other book that you think will help OTHERS to perform the procedures necessary for basic Medical treatment. It doesn't matter what your level of expertise is. If you're not available (for any reason) someone else (with perhaps no knowledge) will have to be able to effectively use the Medical Kit. So find a good book (or 2 or 3) and put them in the kit.

Almost all of the items on the Medical Supplies list can be purchased at any good pharmacy such as Walgreen's. Some items, such as a field surgical Kit may require you to visit a Medical supply store, or to shop on-line.

The bottom line is: Your Survival Medical Kit will be vastly superior to a basic 1st-aid Kit yet won't cost you much more. (And perhaps not as much.)

TIP: If possible, stay away from diagnostic tools that require batteries While convenient, they won't do you any good if the batteries die and there are no spares available, or the device gets wet or damaged. Additionally, it's not difficult to learn to use a stethoscope and pressure cuff in order to check blood pressure. Your main concerns should be to STOP BLEEDING and to PREVENT INFECTION.


Medical book(s)
Blood pressure cuff & stethoscope
Oral thermometer (+ an anal thermometer if there are small children)
Scissors (not needed if you have a surgical kit)
Tweezers (not needed if you have a surgical kit)
Small field Surgical Kit with hemostats (Can be purchased on-line for about $20.00)
Needles (several sizes)
Safety pins (several sizes)
Nail clippers
Eye patch 
Surgical masks
Surgical gloves
Compression (ACE) bandage
Arm sling STRAP
Hot water bottle
Matches or bic lighter (for sterilization of needles etc.)
Tongue depressors
Cotton balls
Sterile eye wash
Disposable razor (shaving hair from around wounds)
Cling bandages
Sterile gauze dressings 4" x 4" 
Waterproof "Band-aids" (several different sizes)
Plastic (Band-aid) sutures (2 sizes)
Surgical or medical tape
Isopropyl alcohol
Neosporin (or equivalent)
Q-tips (Cotton swabs)
Pain/fever medication (ibuprofen, acetaminophen etc.)
Antibiotics (penicillin if nothing else)
Throat lozenges or small jar of honey
Toothache medication or oil of cloves
Calamine lotion (or similar)
Sam splint

Medical library
More of everything on the main list
Several different types of splints
An advanced surgical kit
Ether (be careful)
Various different medications and treatments
Back up diagnostic instruments
Snake bite kit

A TIP FROM ONE OF OUR READERS - USE KETAMINE (Vetrinarian sourced) in lieu of ETHER.