Survival First Aid Kit


Jeremey is a Survival Tactics NOW! consultant and author on survival medical information and techniques.

Survival First Aid Kit – An Idiot’s Guide

Survival first aid kit, a survival essential. The Boy Scouts preach it, the militaries of the world teach it and your parents and grandparents insisted on it. So, are YOU prepared? Just like a spare tire, jumper cables or an emergency blanket, you never know when you’re going to need a personal survival first aid kit. When the time comes, you will be glad to have one on hand. Building a first aid kit is not only essential, it’s quite easy.

Survival Tactics: Build Your Own First Aid Kit NOW!

Build your own survival first aid kit for a fraction of the cost of commonly available pre-packaged first aid kits. I recommend making your own kit and one for each family member. There are tons of pre-packaged personal first aid kits available for retail; however, these kits are often lacking some of the most basic survival first aid items and are overpriced. Whether you chose to build your personal survival first aid kit from scratch or purchase a pre-packaged kit, ensure the items listed below are included. First Aid KitKeep medications in their original blister pack or container so you can easily check dosage and expiration information. Remember to check expiration dates each season, and safely dispose of expired items.

Multi-Purpose for Efficiency

For my kits, I try to choose items that have more than one use. This allows me to cover a wider range of needs. It also helps minimize the size and weight of my kit. For example, personal experience has shown that duct tape works just as well to secure a bandage to skin as 1-in. medical tape (Caution: duct tape is more difficult to remove, especially if placed on hairy parts of the body). Duct tape can be used to secure wound dressings or to make gear repairs. Another multi-use item is antibiotic ointment. Besides helping to prevent bacterial infections in minor wounds, common tipple antibiotic ointments, such as Neosporin™, contain a base ingredient of petroleum jelly which happens to be exceptionally good at starting fires…especially when applied to a piece of cotton bandage.

Stick to the Basics

Your kit should not be complicated. Your survival first aid kit should fit easily in the cargo pocket of your pants, daypack, purse or briefcase. It’s purpose is to treat common, minor illnesses or injuries. As with most things, applying the K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple System) principle will help streamline the organization of your personal kit. However you decide to approach this, don’t wait to start building your first aid kit; it may just save your life!


  1. Lewis B. says:

    I only skimmed this article, because I’m lazy. So if you covered what I’m about to say, that’s why. I stocked up on first aid stuff from the 99 cent store. They had a ton of base stuff cheap. I also have tampons (unscented) to stuff in bullet wounds, and maxi-pads are also really good for absorbing large amounts of blood.

  2. What do I need if a red hot quarter jumps out if the fire on to someone’s forearm? I know a guy who may need to know the answer to this soon!! Thanks for the help.

    • Jeremey says:

      Funny, I know two guys that this actually happened to! As with most things, prevention is the best medicine (probably best not to place quarters in a fire). Nevertheless, the steps for treating all burns is to first stop the burning process. In this case, we’re probably dealing with a small 2nd-degree burn. Carefully and quickly remove the burning object and run cool, clean water over the wound. If available, apply thin layer of triple-antibiotic ointment and a dry clean dressing and give the injured person a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Change dressing twice a day. Do not apply butter, lotion or steroid cream to burns. If the burn is on an arm or leg, keep the area elevated.