Bug Out First Aid

You will need a small basic first aid kit in your bug out bag, but it must be just big enough to get you to your bug out location, because if you get hurt while bugging out, there is a good chance that you won’t make it to your bug out location.

Basic stuff for your first aid kit (make the first aid kit fit your needs)

  • band aids
  • gauze
  • stitches kit in case you require stitches while getting there (skills to use said kit)
  • tweezers
  • alcohol prep pads
  • Any essential medications that you or your loved ones may need

Besides the prep pads, you need other ways to clean your wounds in order to prevent infection.

After the basic first aid kit, you should make an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) which are meant to be carried on your person while you go out. This is used by the armed forces for patching you up. Your kit is for you, that way if the person helping you gets hit they have a full kit instead of nothing. It is a good idea to carry around IFAKs for EDC (Every Day Carry) because of how helpful they can be.

Recommended IFAK items

  • Tourniquet
  • Clotting sponge (or combat gauze)
  • Gauze wraps
  • Scissors or shears [unless you have a multi-tool that has some in your EDC]
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Gloves
  • Antibiotics
    [this is only if you are allowed to carry these to where you are going]
  • Pain relievers (Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or etc) [if allowed]
  • Marker
  • Tape (duct tape or medical)
  • Chest seal [if you know how to use it]
  • A good small pack to carry in (such as a fanny pack)

These items are useful for fixing you up in a hurry or if away from a full medical kit.