How do YOU keep a med kit readily available in your rig? Hang it from the headrest. Two cheap carabiners and a piece of paracord will keep it in an instant-access location AND above the knees of any passengers behind you. You’ll see in the photos that mine is geared towards major trauma, but it does have a few boo-boo items, too. After all, the need for a bandage is many thousands of times more likely than for a tourniquet. I’ll caption the photos to point stuff out and close this short article by saying: buy HIGH QUALITY gear. Put that stuff on the C/C and cut out subscription TV and lattes for a couple of months, if you have to. Don’t risk your loved-one’s lives on Chinese knock-off crap.

This pack by Vanquest has a quick opening feature. Just grab the handle and rip downward.

 

I’ve stuffed this thing as much as I can while enabling it to still zip shut. You need to open this thing (and take stuff out) at least 20 different occasions so that when you need it, your hands will know where things are without relying on your eye-balls. Adrenaline has a funny way of jacking up our motor skills. TRAIN! TRAIN! TRAIN!

 

There are hundreds of med-kit lists, so I won’t bore you—just point out some key things. The two packs on the left are nitrile gloves with the sizes written in sharpie on the pack. Major bleed and airway items here: tourniquet, pressure banage, clotting dressings, chest-needle, nasal airway, and occlusive dressings. First off: GET TRAINING. There are some legal implications about treating people beyond your trained ability. [“This stuff is here for a trained person to use on me or my family…” there… “disclaimed.”] Secondly: buy extra, so that you can TRAIN. Do you see a theme here?

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