Emergency medical kits are must-haves for outdoorsmen, homesteaders, travelers and survivalists alike. Without access to proper medical care, minor injuries can quickly turn into life-threatening emergencies.
Let’s be frank here. Most commercially-produced emergency medical kits are junk.
They usually contain a few useful items, but are mostly filler. Who wants to spend $50 for bandaids, individually-wrapped ibuprofen packets and a few moisty naps? Me neither.
To purchase a truly useful and comprehensive first aid kit, you’ll need to shell out $150-$300. Actually, one of the best I’ve seen for the money is the GI Issue Medic Bag by Elite First Aid. At the time of this writing it costs less than $150 with shipping from Amazon, and comes with a remarkably useful assortment of medical gear. The only aspect it appears to lack is a dental repair kit.
There are other more robust kits available, like the STOMP kit, which approaches a professional-quality medic kit, but it's double the cost of the GI Medic Bag.
So if you’re interested in quickly outfitting yourself with a decent kit without putting a lot of thought (or money) into it, take a look at the kit from Elite (see the resources below for more info).
For those with more time than money, try building your own kit with individually-purchased components. Personally, I’m a huge proponent of building your own emergency medical kits (or any other survival kit for that matter) because you’ve taken time to think about why you’re including each item. This allows you to pack only what’s needed for your particular situation and be creative with the types of supplies included. This way you’re not paying for items you’re sure you’ll never use.
The following list is organized by injury type. All items listed below are available over the counter. Of course, if you have any prescription drugs or equipment, include those too.
Again, tailor your kit to your and your family’s needs.