Home/Family First Aid Kit – Part #2

Medical Aid kit - part 2In Part #1 I explained the need for a Family First Aid Kit or Family Medical kit and I included a list of contents based on expected needs. This is not really a tactical or field first aid kit, more along the lines of around the home first aid kit.

< click here to read Part #1 >

Whatever it is called, this is Part #2 where I explain where I put the kit contents in the carry bag and provide a couple of tips. First, let’s go over the “mission” of this first aid kit –

“Kit shall contain ample first aid supplies to provide sufficient medical care to a wide range of home-based minor and life-threatening medical emergencies.”

Requirements and Restrictions –

  1. Assumption that professional medical transport and care facilities are within a reasonable timeframe that life-sustaining measures by family members are not required beyond 15 minutes.
  2. Must be reasonably weather proof.
  3. Must be reasonable capable of handling a drop of 3’.
  4. Supplies must be easily accessible.
  5. Supplies must be able to be grouped into logical treatment clusters.
  6. Supplies can normally be restocked within 12 hour time-frame.

It would pay you to read Part #1 before continuing. < click here to read part #1 >

Let’s move on to identifying each compartment of the carry bag…

Family Home first aid kit carry bagWhat is the general purpose of each compartment/component?

Bag Strap –

These are immediate action items to save a life. You don’t have to dig around in the bag to access these items. This is were I put the CAT.

Compartment #1 –

This compartment contains large dressings. To immediately stop bleeding if it is a matter of life of death. Otherwise, to provide dressing once a wound is cleaned and ready to be bandaged until transport to a hospital can be acquired.

Compartment #2 –

This compartment generally contains those items needed to sanitize and protect your hands from patients body fluids while cleaning their wound(s) to assess their condition.

Compartment #3 –

This compartment contains items to continue cleaning a wound and bandage it if no other treatment is required.

Compartment #4 –

This compartment contains items needed to clean a wound and apply antiseptic to keep wound(s) clean.

Compartment #5 –

General purpose compartment, mostly containing the medicine box.

Compartment #6 –

This compartment contains items to finish-up the bandaging process and secure a wounded or injured extremity.

Compartment #7 –

This compartment contains items to apply Bandiads to very minor wounds or finish-up the treatment of more serious wounds.


Now let’s start putting our kit’s contents into the right compartment…

Bag Strap –
  • 1 x CAT (Combat Application Tourniquet)
  • 1 x CPR barrier
Compartment #1 –
  • 1 x Israeli Bandage Battle Dressing First Aid Compression Bandage, 4 Inch
  • 1 x Dressing, 4” x 7”
  • 1 x Dressing, 7-1/2″ x 8″
  • 1 x Dressing, 11-3/4” x 11-3/4”

Compartment #2 –
  • New-Skin Liquid Bandage, First Aid Liquid Antiseptic, 1 Ounce Bottle
  • 1 x Saline Wound Wash, can, 6oz – 7oz, (Simply Saline or NeliMed)
  • 5 x Gloves (latex or vinyl), pair
  • 1 x Hand Sanitizer, bottle
  • 3 x Hand Sanitizer, wipes (Germ-X)

Compartment #3 –
  • 5 x Pads, gauze, 2×2
  • 5 x Pads, gauze, 4×4
  • 1 x Gauze, roll, 2”
  • 1 x Gauze, roll, 3”
  • 1 x Gauze, roll, 4”
  • QuikClot Advanced Clotting Sponge, 25g or 50g

Compartment #4 –
  • 5 x Antiseptic prep pads
  • 1 x BandAid Wound Wash, 6oz
  • 1 x Povidone Iodine Prep Solution, 16oz

Compartment #5 –
  • 12 x Closures, Butterfly
  • 10 x Swabs, cotton, tip
  • 5 x Safety Pins
  • Medicine box

Compartment #6 –
  • 1 x Tape, cloth, 1/2” x 10yd
  • 1 x Tape, cloth, 1” x 10yd
  • 1 x (1-1/2″ or 2”) Non-Woven Cohesive Wrap Self Adherent Bandage
  • 1 x Bandage, ACE, 3”
  • 1 x Bandage, Triangular
  • 1 x Splint, finger
  • 1 x Splint, wire
  • 1 x Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets

Compartment #7 –
  • Band aids, 25 – 50 total, your choice
    • (5x) 5/8” x 5/8”
    • (5x) 3/4” x 3/4”
    • (5x) 1” x 1”
    • (3x) 1-1/2” x 2”
    • (3x) 1-3/4” x 3”
    • (5x) Spots
    • (5x) Fingertip
    • (5x) Knuckle
  • 1 x Progressive Medical Halo Chest Seal High Performance Occlusive Dressing (2pk)
  • 1 x Antibacterial, pain relieving, spray, (2oz – 3oz can) (Dermoplast)
  • 5 x Antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram), or tube or can (Triple antibiotic)
  • 1 x Hydrocortisone ointment
  • 1 x Aloe Vera 100% Gel 6 – 16oz
  • 1 x Adventure Medical Kits Dental Medic Kit
  • 1 x Hot or Cold Therapy Gel Pack – Reusable for Hot or Cold Therapy

So it all looks like this…

Family Home first aid kit carry bag

Family Home first aid kit carry bagYou now have a very complete home medical kit at your disposal that is easy to carry, protects the contents, stands out to be easily seen/found, and ready to go at a moments notice for almost every injury that would occur around your home. This bag can make a whole lot of difference while waiting for professional emergency medical care to arrive. It’s worth it!

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One thought on “Home/Family First Aid Kit – Part #2

  1. Could you please post here the brand and the dimensions of this yellow bag you are using.

    Looking on Amazon there are a slew of these bags with prices all over the map from the $20 dollar mark to 5X that and hard to find what seems to be a good bag without being in a “kit” form.

    Without mentioning specifics there is one bag that seems fine at around $70 dollars for only the bag, but it is big at 26 plus inches wide. I’ve seen good looking bags under $30 dollars but most are more in the 17/18 inch wide size and “good looking” doesn’t necessarily equate to “durable and long lasting”

    Knowing the specs of your bag and knowing what you carry in it will certainly help to focus down on to what size and quality you are using to carry just that much home medical supplies.

    Thanks again for this info and all you have put in so many hours on to help others here. As for me, I’m paying closer attention to the first four Practicals for now: Violence Medical Comms & Organization.


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