Make Your Own Survival Medical Kit

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Make Your Own Survival Medical Kit

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Over the past year or so, we here at Freedom Prepper have covered several great medical kits. We’ve looked at small travel models. And we’ve looked at full trauma kits. Today we present a way to build your very own complete medical treatment kit.

Will Brendza posted a thorough article on the subject at the Skilled Survivor site. Learn how to make a complete DIY medical kit. It just might save your life.

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Everyone, if they live long enough, will experience some form of medical emergency. Most of us have had a few – from minor cuts to broken bones and other serious problems. Most of the time a simple, off the shelf first aid kit will suffice.


However, sometimes you need a little more. And, in a survival situation, you’re wise to have a complete set of everything. It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Read on.


First, Brendza recommends you get some training. Most community colleges have programs that teach EMT training or basic medical care. Take a course or invest in a quality private program, online or via book or video. Regardless of your equipment, you really need to understand what you’re doing.

Basic Tools


Always have the following items in your kit:

Large trauma shears;
Nail clippers;
Scalpel with blades; and

Basic Medications


The following should be found in any medical kit:

Ibuprofen (Advil);
Acetaminophen (Tylenol);
Sudafed (the real stuff if you can get it);
Throat lozenges;
Bismuth tabs;
Oral rehydration;
Cranberry extract;
Neosporin Lotion or Cream.
Antibiotic ointment;
Miconazole/Antifungal; and
SoftSoap or alcohol wipes (for cleaning).

Legacy Food Storage

The following items are for severe wounds and traumatic injury. Brendza advises that many injuries are horrific and may require hospitalization. While there is no means to be ready for everything, the following will help you make do.

Blister Treatment

2nd skin
Medical tape
Nitrile gloves
Irrigation syringe
Sterile gauze pads
Medical tape
Band-Aids (various sizes)
Alcohol wipes
Ace Bandages
Triangle bandages
Steri-strip or butterfly closures
Sam-splint moldable foam splint
Israeli bandage
Suture kit
Prescription Medication (these vary, of course, by the individual).


Possible Prescriptions

It may be wise to consider obtaining generally useful prescriptions just in case. Consult with a trusted doctor for this preventative measure. A few of these include:

Epinephrine for severe allergic reactions;
Ciprofloxacin for infections and also for exposure to anthrax;
Azithromycin for bacterial infections;
Bactrim for bacterial infections;
Amoxicillin for infections and stomach ulcers;
Flagyl also for bacterial infections;
Fluconazole for fungal infections.
Miscellaneous medication as needed by the individual.


Also consider adding:

Asthma Inhalers;
Toys to keep the kids occupied;
Basic toiletries;
Hand soap;
Water purification tablets;
Bug repellent;
CPR pocket mask;
Waterproof matches and/or a lighter.

The Kit Container

Consider size, weight, and rugged construction. Kits should have handles or straps for carry. They should be waterproof, especially if you know you will use them around water.


There are a variety of containers that will work – from tackle boxes to tubs to dedicated medical care bags.

One line to seriously consider are those types carried by military trauma techs and medics. Consult with a surplus store and see what they offer or recommend. Another alternative is a store or website that outfits EMTs.

Packing The Kit

Organization is key for successful and optimal usage. Pack items separately and by use type.

Consider compartmentalization as follows:

Prescription medication;
Over the counter medication;
Personal supplies.

Pack your supplies neatly and securely in individual packaging. Use ziplock bags, pill bottles, or small airtight boxes. Keep the supplies organized, dry, and clean.

Also remember to keep the kit updated. Make sure medications do not expire. And watch for degradation in band aids and other items. Rotate and update as needed.

Hopefully you will never need a full trauma kit. However, there will be times when everyone will need some of the basics. And keeping a good, organized kit will keep you covered. There are a variety of these kits for sale. But, as this article demonstrates, you can make your own.


Don’t wait for something bad to happen. It will be too late then. Act now and build your kit. Make sure you consider the scenarios you will likely face and any special considerations for your family, your group, or yourself.

Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at He is none too fond of government meddling.

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