Your Guide To Assembling A Survival Medical Kit

Survival Medical Kit on a Grey Background

Due to advancements in survival emergency solutions, people now have access to a variety of survival medical first aid kits in the market. Whether you are camping outdoors or headed off to foreign lands, you should have a survival medical kit at hand.

While there are plenty of packaged first aid kits available in the market, it is a good idea to build one on your own as it will allow you to save space on items you are unlikely to need.

Items of a Basic First Aid Kit

Additionally, building a first aid kit will provide you with innate knowledge on how to use first aid kit items. Because honestly, how many times have you opened a first aid kit to inspect every item? If you wish to build a survival medical kit of your own, here’s what you will need:

Medical Items That Stop Bleeding And Close Wounds

Every good quality medical kit contains essential items that can help you stop bleeding and protect you against cuts. Here are a few items you should pack in your first aid kit to stop bleeding and close wounds.

  • Duct Tape: Yes, in difficult situations, duct tape can become your friend. Duct tape is great for stopping bleeding and closing wounds. Duct tape can will cover your wound and buy you enough time to seek proper medical help.
  • Butterfly Sutures: Butterfly sutures are another superior way to treat small wounds. These kinds of adhesive strips pull the small edges of a cut, the same way a doctor’s stitches would.
Butterfly Closure on a Mans Face

However, while using butterfly sutures and duct tapes make sure you clean your wounds carefully. Always apply an anti-septic on the dry area prior to using a duct tape or butterfly suture.

Medical Items That Prevent Infection

Sanitation is prone to become a problem during a survival situation. This is one of the reasons why you should keep your wounds clean and do whatever you can to prevent infection. Here are a few items you will need:

  • Antibiotic ointments and creams
  • Gauze
  • ​Adhesive wound dressings
  • Antiseptics and disinfectants

Broad Spectrum Oral Anti-Biotic (these might be difficult to gain access to since you will need a doctor’s prescription). However, if you talk to your doctor about going on a wilderness trip, they might prescribe you some antibiotics, such as Erythromycin and Amoxicillin.

Putting Gauze on a Leg Burn

Medical Items For Pain Management

It’s a good idea to keep a few painkillers at hand, no matter where you go. Depending on your condition and illness, pain can get unbearable and even deadly. It is thus essential you pack a few items that will help you manage pain better than painkillers, such as:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Chemical Ice Bags
  • ​Lidocaine

Not only will these items treat pain but they will also decrease inflammation.

Allergy Medication

Carrying allergy medication is a must. Certain things can trigger horrific allergic reactions, especially for people who suffer from food allergies. Food allergies can sometimes cause life-threatening anaphylaxis. Allergies need to be treated seriously, just like any other condition.


Here are a few items you should pack:

  • Antihistamine creams
  • Antihistamine
  • EpiPen or Epinephrine

Miscellaneous Items You Would Require

Here are a few other miscellaneous items you should carry in your first aid kit for other purposes:

  • Splints
  • Emergency dental kit
  • ​Surgical blades
  • ​Sterile Needles
  • ​Alcohol Pads
  • ​Alcohol Swabs
  • ​Tweezers
  • ​Towels
  • ​Wipes
  • Antiseptic Wipes
Items from Inside of a First Aid Kit
  • Quick Clot Gauze
  • Sunblock
  • ​Thermometer
  • ​Burn Creams
  • ​Sterile Eyewash
  • ​Disposable Gloves
  • ​Asthma Inhaler
  • ​Burn Creams
  • ​Bug Repellant
  • Basic First Aid Instructions and medical manuals

Tips For Preparing Your Own Survival First Aid Kit

Preparing your own survival medical kit not only ensures you and your family are prepared for emergencies but it also ensures you can take a sigh of relief on your wilderness trip. Here are a few tips you should know about building a survival first aid kit:

Store In An Appropriate Place

The first step is to store all your medication in a cool, dry, dark area. Be sure to avoid direct exposure as it may initiate chemical reactions with the medicines. Additionally, wrap all the items in a size-appropriate waterproof bag in non-breakable containers.

Old First Aid Kit Opened

Check The Expiration Dates

Before you go shopping for all your medical supplies, check the expiration dates before putting the items in your cart. You may have replace the items again when they are close to the expiration date. The same goes for food and water. Most survival foods brands expire 5 years after the manufacturing date. However, it is always a good idea to double check.

Train Your Kids

In desperate times, you don’t want your kids handing you the wrong medication. Label everything and organize items so they are more accessible. You can store the medicines by categories (e.g. fever, pain, burn, and adhesion).

Stay Organized

To save space and avoid accidents, it’s a good idea you keep all your medical items organized. You can use Ziploc bags to arrange and label drugs and even store different kinds of bandages. Ziploc bags are also effective for containing leakages and spills. Iodine bottles and other liquid medicines are prone to leakage, hence it is a good idea you keep sensitive items in a Ziploc bag. Pills can also be stored in small pill bottles.

Use All Items With Caution

Use all medical items with caution. Teach your kids that a first aid kit is not a toy. Do not use medical items if they are damaged, broken or past their expiration date.

Think Like A Survivor

Apart from regular medical purposes, you can use various items for other important things as well. For example, bandages that we used for tying and binding together whereas alcohol pads can be used to start a fire (be careful though!)

Small First Aid Kit 100 Piece Car, Home, Survival Pack


These are just a few handy guidelines you should keep in mind while building your survival medical kit. Good luck!

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