Today I’ve got something extremely important to share…
A Complete Guide On Buying, Building & Using An IFAK Kit
Because those with the best medical gear (and know how to use it) keep their heads in an emergency.
And it all starts with owning a good Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK).
A medical kit includes:
- NOT TOO Muc (so you don’t leave it behind)
- But way MORE than just band-aids…
After today, you’ll have what you need to patch someone up in a traumatic injury.
TOPICS IN THIS GUIDE… ↓(click to jump)
- Best IFAKs Kits On The Market
- What Is An IFAK Anyway?
- Who Should Own One
- The Best IFAK Features
- Medical Kit Contents List
- How To Build An IFAK
- Dispelling 5 Common IFAK Myths
↓ MyFAK Traum Kit
Everlit is a company founded by US military veterans.
So they know what it takes to keep someone alive in an emergency!
Its mission is to help people during disasters where the right gear can save lives.
This IFAK trauma kit comes with all the practical survival gear without fluff.
They supply the equipment for massive bleeding and respiratory blockages. Plus, it's ready to treat open chest wounds and hypothermia.
Everett is a company in the trenches and knows what's needed to make it out alive.
- MOLLE compatible
- Universal bandage pack
- 36" folded splint
- Ideal for police, medics, hunters, military, and firefighters
- A bit expensive
Lightning X IFAK kits use a high-quality nylon construction.
They are ideal for emergency service workers, including police, military, and medics.
They are fully equipped to handle most emergencies and are MOLLE-compatible.
The Lightning X is a proper field kit designed for severe trauma situations.
It has many extra features, like eight elastic storage hoops and a drainage grommet.
Users praised the construction quality, but some supplies were less practical.
- Great design with many compartments and pouches
- Essential trauma medical equipment
- Not an everyday first aid kit
- Not pre-assembled. Supplies are shipped and placed inside the case without placement in pouches.
↓ Lighting X Individual First Aid Kit Review
Livans has made a larger kit loaded with features for every outdoor adventurer.
MOLLE-style attachments allow you to connect to vests, belts, and backpacks.
So this will easily pair with your current survival bag setups.
With the rip-away velcro panel feature, you can get at it for fast emergency first aid.
Most first aid kits are small. Because they only house most essential equipment, but they have little room for much else...
Not with this IFAK!
There are several dedicated pouches for your gear.
And an inside mesh pocket and elastic straps house the medical supplies.
The bottom line is:
Livans makes a great bag for all your survival and trauma gear. But note, there is NO equipment with this bag.
So you are free to stock it with everything you need.
- A high-density polyester with double stitching for long-lasting durability
- It comes with a Red Cross patch for easy medical identification
- No trauma supplies included - you're just buying the bag
↓ Budget Rip-Away Medical IFAK Pouch
Ever Ready has a deluxe kit ideal for treating injuries and emergencies.
It's small and light-weight while carrying most trauma essentials, including:
- A clotting sponge
- A tourniquet
- An Israeli Bandage
- A NASOPHARYNGEAL Airway
- Plus, other trauma essentials
This kit is ideal to have in the car for emergencies.
Plus, it works well for hunting or camping trips and even those wanting to be ready for anything.
Almost all users were pleased with this quality IFAK.
- It comes with deluxe trauma equipment as well as everyday bandages
- Basic bag without compartments or Velcro strips
- A little small to house any extra survival items
This kit comes with essentials for bleeding control and massive wound treatment.
It's perfect for outdoor adventures, travel, and use in accidents.
They have packed this kit with a fractured board for splinting limbs.
Plus, you'd expect most of the popular tactical first aid supplies.
It also has your basic first aid supplies for minor injuries.
- Waterproof rip-away nylon design with Velcro panel
- Standard trauma gear with the addition of a fractured board
- It needs more compact gauze and a chest seal
Here's another quality kit from Meditac.
This kit is ready to meet all traumatic situations with a complete blood control kit. For example:
- There are bandages for hemorrhage control
- As well as a tourniquet for limb compression
It has a MOLLE IFAK pouch designed to fit on your compatible vest, gear belt, or bag.
Thus, it makes this pack ideal as an accessory to the gear you already have.
It also contains extra emergency tools and equipment to round this one out.
- Has a CPR shield and Mylar survival blanket
- Standard trauma gear for major bleed control
- Emergency whistle
- Small pack for trauma but needs more standard dressings
- More of an add-on to a larger kit than a stand-a-lone
This Rip Away IFAK is another terrific deluxe IFAK option.
Although it's a big bag, I've included it because it has almost everything necessary for severe traumas.
You get a:
- Chest seal twin pack
- Gen 7 tourniquet
- Israeli Bandage
- Compact gauze
- Quick stop blood stop spray
- And so much more
It's designed to fit MOLLE gear with five rows of hoops but works excellent as a patrol kit for police officers and EMT medics.
It will fit on any vehicle headrest or tactical backpack.
So you can open the three-tiered storage compartments while leaving them mounted.
The bottom line is it's a great for any serious adventurer.
- It comes with all essentials for trauma first aid
- Lifetime warranty
- Hook and loop MOLLE panel to mount other kits
- Red Cross emblem
- Very large kit
- Great for a car or backpack but not for a battle belt
It’s an acronym for ” Individual First Aid Kit” or ” Improved First Aid Kit.”
Let’s get things straight right off the bat.
It’s NOT a standard first aid kit.
It’s NOT a kit for carrying baby wipes, aspirins, and chapstick.
Typical first aid kits are made for bumps, bruises, and cuts.
An IFAK is a first-aid responders bag for traumatic injuries.
They tend to be tailor-made for the type of person carrying them.
And houses essential life-saving medical devices and supplies, such as:
- Bleed Control Supplies
- A Nasal Pharyngeal Airway
- Plus, Other Major Wound Treatments
Before the acronym became popular, military medics carried a similar kit into dangerous situations.
These small portable trauma kits treat and prevent various illnesses and injuries.
The bottom line is:
These improved first aid kits are compact, and wearable mini emergency rooms.
Side Note: There’s also the acronym TFAK – which stands for Trauma First Aid Kit.Click here to instantly download this Complete Checklist PDF. No purchase necessary.
Today everyone should.
Civilians are usually first on the scene during a car accident or workplace injury.
Before the medical pros arrive, you may need to give life-saving treatment.
Even with extensive trauma kits in their emergency vehicles, paramedics and EMTs wear simple IFAK pouches for quicker responses.
If you enjoy hiking or camping in remote areas, you need one.
Hunting and fishing excursions don’t happen near hospitals.
Ambulances can’t get to you in the remote wild.
So you’re on your own whenever you’re deep in the bush.
And if there’s a traumatic injury, it’s essential for saving lives (including yours or a loved one).
The point is:
Get one with all the essential medical supplies and devices.
Then, tailor it to what you’re doing and your medical l.
That way, you’ll be prepared for the most likely accidents you’ll come across.
The bag itself can be a knapsack, bag, or pouch.
As long as there’s quick access to what you need.
Here are a few of the essential features:
Tear Away Pouches
Depending on the size, it should have side pouches that hold vital supplies.
These pouches should detach quickly from the main kit to get what you need rapidly.
You don’t want to have a problem opening up your pack in a crisis.
A snagged zipper could turn into a delay in accessing critical supplies when time is of the essence.
A robust zipper will keep your supplies secure and open rapidly with confidence.
When you open it up, the layout must be well organized.
Separate zipped areas, pouches, and compartments can separate your items.
That way, you don’t have to fumble through a pile of stuff to find what you need.
Robust Handles and Straps
You must react quickly to a survival situation; bugging out can happen quickly.
Robust handles on your pack are vital for rapid moves.
You may have to grab and go fast and run long distances.
Having straps to wear as a small backpack or fanny pack will keep it secure on your body.
Compact and Lightweight
You don’t need a bulky, heavy bag to carry around.
It should only contain the essentials you need for the situation.
The easier it is to pack, the more likely you will bring it along on all your adventures.
Here’s an excellent video that shares even more advanced features and tips:
↓ Basics Of Individual First Aid KitsClick here to instantly download this Complete Checklist PDF. No purchase necessary.
You can build your own according to your risk profile and level of medical training.
They should include basic first aid supplies, such as Band-Aids and painkillers.
But, the primary purpose is to treat severe trauma.
There are many pre-packed kits out there you can buy.
But for those serious, building your own can be better based on your needs.
Because you don’t want to make your pack any heavier than it needs to be.
Traditional medical emergency procedures focus on ABC (Airway, Breathing, Circulation).
In a survival or combat situation, the military uses the MARCH algorithm.
This acronym lays out the necessary steps in priority for saving lives in combat.
- M-massive hemorrhage – Arterial blood is pumping out of a person
- A-airway – Any obstruction in the airway
- R-respiratory – An injury like a collapsed lung or sucking chest wound
- C-circulation – General bleeding from the body
- H-hypothermia – The body loses heat faster than it can make it
You should pack it for individual trauma emergencies and minor injuries.
Here is a list of your must-have IFAK contents:
↓ The Bear Minimum IFAK Content List
Gauze may be the most important thing you carry.
Compact gauze is a multi-use item essential to pack a large wound and stop bleeding.
You can also wrap an injury and make a sling or splint.
It’s versatile and cheap, so have a few rolls in your kit.
This gauze is more expensive but vital in stopping massive bleeds.
It has a hemostatic agents in the material.
This material helps to stop bleeding faster, and you apply it directly to a cut artery.
Their primary function is direct contact with a massive hemorrhage.
It works on hemorrhaging and provides compression bandage.
It combines a sterile dressing and an elastic bandage to keep constant pressure on a wound and also comes with a closure bar attached to secure it in place.
An Israeli Bandage works well for head or groin injuries too, and if you are alone, you can quickly put it on with one hand.
These are another must-have in your kit list.
A tourniquet is a band that stops blood flow from an extremity wound.
Complications from using one can lead to tissue damage.
But it can keep a person stable until you get them to a hospital.
Deep cuts, gunshot wounds, or crushed limbs are situations for a tourniquet.
Take the time to learn how to use one properly.
Nasal Pharyngeal Airway
In some situations, you must supply an open airway to an injured person.
Having an NPA is the best way to treat an airway.
The tongue or airway muscles can block the throat in an unconscious person.
That’s why you need to get them breathing again FAST.
It’s easily inserted into the nostril to open up an airway and keep them alive.
If you get a puncture in the chest that causes air to pour in, you need to close that up ASAP.
Using a chest seal like the HALO Seal is a quick way to seal the hole.
Note: It sticks to skin, hair, blood, and sand. It’s also flexible and covers large, uneven areas around a wound.
Burn Gel and Dressing
Burns tend to occur from open flames or hot surfaces.
So it’s essential to carry burn gel to ease pain and help jumpstart healing in the affected area ASAP.
You can also get a burn dressing with water gel in the material to apply right on the burn.
From there, you can use gauze to cover the area.
Along with tourniquets, a control wrap can help stop bleeding.
But it can do so without cutting off direct circulation.
You can also use them as an outside dressing over the gauze and extra support for sprained knees and ankles.
Besides these “trauma” focused items, your content list should also have additional medical supplies, including:
- Nitrile gloves
- Different sizes of Band-Aids
- Pain relief (aspirin)
- Trauma Shears
Here’s an excellent video that goes over (in detail) how to use one in an emergency:
↓ How To Use Your IFAK
Myth 1: “IFAKs Are Only for Combat”
Some folks believe that IFAKs are only meant for military or combat use.
That’s just not true…
IFAKs are handy for anyone, whether you’re out camping, hiking, or even just driving on a remote road.
Accidents can happen anywhere, and having an IFAK on hand can be a lifesaver.
Myth 2: “All IFAKs Are the Same”
Not all IFAKs are created equal.
There are different sizes, contents, and qualities.
Some might have just the basics, while others are more comprehensive.
You’ve got to choose the right IFAK for your needs.
And make sure it’s stocked with the supplies you’re comfortable using.
Myth 3: “I Don’t Need Training to Use an IFAK”
Owning an IFAK is great, but knowing how to use it properly is even better.
You should get some training on basic first aid and how to use the supplies in your kit.
After all, having the tools without knowing how to use them won’t do you much good in an emergency.
Myth 4: “Once You’ve Got an IFAK, You’re Invincible”
Some folks think that just having an IFAK means they’re invulnerable to injuries.
While an IFAK can help you deal with injuries, it’s not a magical shield.
You still need to take precautions, be aware of your surroundings, and practice safety.
Myth 5: “IFAKs Are a One-Time Investment”
Don’t make the mistake of thinking your IFAK is a one-and-done deal.
Over time, supplies can expire or get used up.
You’ve got to check your kit regularly, replace any expired items, and make sure it’s in good shape.
It’s not set-it-and-forget-it.
You now know everything you need to get an IFAK.
You’ve learned what they are, what’s in them, and where to get them.
Now it’s time to equip yourself for your next great adventure!
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