The Ultimate Survival Emergency First-Aid Kit

Survival Medical Kit Complete Guide and Checklist

Accidents happen at any time, no matter how careful you may be. To keep things from getting out of hand, the best solution is to have a medical kit at hand for injuries and other health problems.

Having an effective medical kit can help in averting disasters when traveling at sea, while mountain climbing, camping, or exploring. It is crucial for survival in such situations. As important as they may be, getting a complete kit for any situation is very difficult.

The following describes everything necessary to build a tactical medical survival kit. Some of these supplies may not be what you expect, but if the instructions are followed verbatim, they will prepare you for nearly any medical problem.

Medical Kit List

Knowing how to use the medical kit is important in all situations. Having experience in the field of medicine can increase the chances of selecting more effective items.

The following items are those that will be used for common health emergencies which are likely to occur more frequently than others. This implies that you will need an increased supply of these items. They are used in treating small infections, cuts, and aches.

The basic items are the easiest to gather. You can easily find these items in any pharmacy or drugstore.

Tools Kit

- Stethoscope and Blood Pressure 
- Nail clippers
- Large trauma shears
- Scalpel with blades
- Tweezers
- Scissors
- Q-Tips
- Thermometer (2x thermometer, always have a spare one)

Wounds and Trauma Kit

A professional medical practitioner is best suited for treating traumas and wounds, but this luxury is usually not available in a situation where survival is top priority. In such situations, injuries will have to be treated by anyone available.

In real life scenarios, an emergency can come up when no one is prepared and usually occurs far from hospitals. Treating wounds and traumas can be difficult because they can be quite horrifying.

Here are some things that can help you treat wounds:
- Bandages (4 different sizes minimum)
- Nitrile gloves
- Alcohol wipes (2x pads packs)
- Iodine (2x packs)
- Gauze pads (2 x rolls packs and 2 x pads packs)
- Medical tape (box of 12)

Prescription Medication Kit

Prescription medications are usually given by doctors who are experienced in the field of medicine and should only be used if a situation arises where you are sure that they are needed.

Lotion, Cream and Soap Kit

- Miconazole / Anti-fungal (2x packs)
- Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin or equivalent, 2x packs)
- SoftSoap: For cleaning
- Hydrocortisone


- Vitamins
- Toiletries (pack it with your favorite basic shower / cleaning / hygiene items)
- Epinephrine (if needed)
- Other various personal medications
- Asthma Inhalers (if needed)
- Lighter/waterproof matches (my suggestion is to buy both)
- CPR pocket mask (2x packs)
- Camp soap
- Sunblock (2x packs)
- Aquamira or other iodine tablets for water purification
- Purell
- Bug repellent (2x packs)
Advil / Aspirin (2x packs)
- Acetaminophen
- Anti-itch Cream (2x packs)

Storage and Maintenance

Storing your medical supplies after gathering them is another important aspect. This usually depends on where you intend to use the medical kit. The medical kit should be properly arranged for easy access with labels to indicate each item.

Where Should I Store My Medical Kit?

When selecting a container for your medical kit, there are several factors to be considered. It depends if you need to carry the medical kit around.

There are medical kits suitable for home use and others which can be stored in cars in case of unforeseen circumstances. Other factors may include the shape, weight, and size. You should consider these factors in order to modify your medical kit to meet your requirements.

My suggestion is the Waterproof Dry Bag

How to Pack Your Survival Medical Kit

To make the survival kit more effective, it should be arranged in such a way that there is little time wasted in selecting an item from the kit. Trying to identify an unlabelled drug can be time-wasting and difficult when there is an emergency that needs to be attended to.

Separate Compartments

Your container may have compartments which you can use in arranging your items into different groups. If not, the following can be an alternate solution:

  • Tupperware: These are containers which are more useful when there is enough space and the weight of the medical kit is of little significance.

  • Pill bottles: These bottles come at a cheap rate, they are reusable and can also be recycled. They are also small and take up less storage space.

  • Zip Lock Bags: These are one of the best storage items since they are very versatile and can be used for lots of different functions. You can use these to separate drugs and label them accordingly.

  • Stuff Sacks: You can use these to color-code different items in your kit since they are available in various colors.

Keeping Your Emergency First-Aid Kit Updated 

After gathering your supplies and arranging them in your medical kit, you are now ready for any medical emergency that may come up. This is the first step in ensuring that you are able to deal with such emergencies.

Once you have arranged your medical kit, the next is to decide on an interval after which you check your medical kit for any expired item and replace them. This is important as circumstances may get worse if you realize that items have expired and can't be used at a time when they are required.

Aside from checking for any expired medicine, you should also check that your storage containers are properly sealed. Some seals may be broken which can cause leakage. Ensure you change these containers regularly.


Getting yourself ready to deal with any medical incident or emergency can be very expensive, whether you decide to make your own survival kit or are buying one ready made. The security in knowing that you have a medical kit if you ever need one is enough to make it worth the money.