Build your own medical kit

How To Build The Ultimate Survival Medical Kit
April 27, 2017 – 01:59 pm
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Survival Medical Kit List

Everyone Needs A Survival Medical Kit.

It will not matter where you are or what you are doing when misadventure strikes. If you are not prepared to manage a health emergency when it happens, things will get serious quickly.

Whether you are camping in the wilderness, exploring a foreign country, navigating the high seas, or simply surviving a catastrophic doomsday scenario – having a functional medical kit is essential for anyone concerned with effective survival. And any medical worker knows that really good ones, the kind that gives you peace of mind, are hard to come by.

But fear not! This article serves to solve that problem.

The following describes everything necessary to build a tactical medical survival kit. Some of these supplies will be extraneous to medical novices. But if followed verbatim, it will prepare you for nearly any acute medical problem.

Use this as a personal guide or supplement to aid your medical preparation. You’ll be grateful you did.

Survival Medical Kit List

Medical experience is an extremely helpful accessory to this project, but it’s not a skillset that everyone has. The most important part of building a medical survival kit is an understanding of how to use what is inside.

Enroll in an EMT course at your local community college. Sign up for Wilderness First Responder training. Take a CPR class or just get your hands on something as simple as “Basic First Aid” or even “First Aid For Dummies”. Make sure to read it cover to cover.

You’ll be amazed what a difference it makes to know the basics.

The Basics

From diarrhea to headaches and inflammation, small cuts and minor infections, the basics has it covered. These basics will be the most heavily used resources in your medical survival kit. So they should be the most accessible as well. So be sure to pack extra.

Most of these supplies can be bought at drugstores or pharmacies. Places such as Walgreens and many are even available online. You should have no trouble assembling the contents for this section.


  • Tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • Q-Tips
  • Large trauma shears
  • Nail clippers
  • Scissors
  • Scalpel with blades
  • Stethoscope
  • Over-The-Counter Medications (Recommended numbers included)

  • Sudafed (or an equivalent), x10
  • Throat lozenges, 10+
  • Stool softener (laxative), x15
  • Wounds and Trauma

    This is where a more advanced level of medical training comes in useful.

    Treating wounds is not always a simple ordeal – especially trauma – and it is often a job that is best left to the professionals. But in a survival situation, it may be your responsibility to treat these injuries to the best of your ability.

    Realistically, outside of a hospital, no one is prepared for every medical emergency. Wounds can be ugly. Trauma can be horrifying. But here are some tools that will help prepare you for both:

    Prescription Medication

    Individuals seeking to build an advanced medical kit should consider including some prescription medications.

    These drugs require an advanced understanding of medicine to administer. But if you have access to these supplies and have reason to believe you will need them in the field, prepare yourself accordingly.

  • Epinephrine 1mg: Treats severe allergic reactions.
  • 1ml small syringe with needle
  • Miscellaneous and Personal

  • Epinephrine: Mentioned before in the prescription section. Epinephrine is a medication for severe allergic reactions. It usually requires a certification to administer to another person (except in the case of a life-threatening emergency).
  • Small toy or puzzle: Children can be distractions, and in medical emergencies, they can often be a danger to themselves. Keeping a small toy or puzzle to calm a child down, or to offer comfort can be as good as any medication for agitation or distress. It can sometimes even work with adults.
  • Toiletries: Just a razor, deodorant, a toothbrush, and toothpaste can make a huge difference in survival. Having extra hygiene supplies never hurts.
  • Other various personal medications
  • Purell
  • Sunblock
  • Camp soap: For hand washing.
  • Aquamira or other iodine tablets (for water purification)
  • Bug repellent
  • Lighter/waterproof matches
  • Storage and Maintenance

    Collecting the contents for a survival medical kit is only the first step in building your own. After buying the supplies, you need to pack them into something. Whether you use a bag, a box, a basket, or an entire emergency vehicle, you must store your medical kit properly, and as orderly as possible.

    Which requires a meticulous approach. Take your time, and think this through. How will you build this to best suit your needs?

    Choosing The Right Container

    Will you be storing your medical kit in a home or a car? Is this something you will have to move with, and carry places? How durable does your med kit need to be? How thorough?

    Size, shape, weight, and intention are all important factors to consider at this point.

    If you are going to be rafting down the Grand Canyon, you need a waterproof bag that can easily transport between rafts.

    If you are going on a backpacking trip through South East Asia you will need something small, light and packable.

    Wilderness Responders use small duffle bags or entire backpacks for their medical kits.

    Choosing your container may seem like a mundane decision, but in reality, the choice carries a lot of weight. Make your survival medical kit the perfect fit – customize it so that it best serves and protects you.

    Here are some examples of excellent medical kit containers:

  • There are a number of medical boxes or crates out there that are highly durable and great for staying organized.
  • The military medic backpack is one of the most functional containers for a survival medical kit. The number of pockets and high durability make this an extremely functional option.
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    Keeping an organized medical kit is equally as important as any of the contents. In a medical pinch, time is of the essence. Neither patient nor caretaker can afford to waste any time sifting through a sack full of unlabeled drugs and sterile swabs. Preparation is everything.

    Divide your kit into a few general categories. There are a number of ways you might approach this, but one effective example is to separate the contents as follows:

    1. Trauma
    2. Prescription medication
    3. Over the counter medication
    4. Personal supplies
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