The Individual First Aid Kit

The Individual First Aid Kit

So to begin, IFAK is a military acronym that stands for “Individual First Aid Kit”. Its history goes all the way back hundreds of years when soldiers would carry bandaging cloth just in case they became wounded on the battlefield. It evolved to what is now found today with the modern soldier’s IFAK. They are impressive and can handle many injuries and issues. I decided to go on a personal mission and develop my own style for myself, and my preparedness group.

The mission of this IFAK is to assist with life-saving measures starting with traumatic limb loss, heavy laceration with arterial bleeding, gunshot wounds, and allergic reactions. It’s based on my years in the field as an EMT assisting in motor vehicle accidents, shootings, stabbings, suicides, allergic reactions, and cardiac arrest. From boo-boo’s to dismemberment!

This kit is designed to be on my body and that of my group’s members at all times when on perimeter patrol, bugging out, searching for supplies, foraging, etc during a SHTF style event. Every member has their own IFAK so that if they become injured, the contents of THEIR kit will be used on THEM. Likewise, the contents of my kit will be used on ME. Each kit is customized to the individual person to meet special demands that person may have medically. Every person in my group is also cross trained on everything in these kits.

***All supplies have been given a link to purchase so that your medical kit will be easier to assemble. Links are to bulk items where possible so that you can have resupply or build multiple***

All of this goes into the Condor Rip-Away EMT pouch. LOVE IT and also highly recommended.

4) 5×9 abdominal pads

6) 4×4 bandage pads

1) Israeli battle dressing

1) CAT tourniquet Sof-T (these two tourniquets are the only 2 that I recommend as they have passed TCCC testing and certification)

10) Assortment of self adhesive bandages/bandaids.

10) alcohol prep pads

4) pairs of nitrile/surgical gloves

1) packet of Benadryl tablets

1) roll of cloth medical tape

1) black Sharpie

2) glow stick

1) tweezers, forceps, and surgical clamp each.

2) triangle bandages, in the plastic bag with safety pins

1) trauma shears/EMT shears. I also carry on my person the Leatherman Raptor shears… They kick ass and are highly recommended!

2) petroleum gauze in foil

2) rolls each of 6″ and 2″ gauze kling bandages

1) adult NPA (nasal trumpet) with water based lubricant packet

1) Epi-pen (must have prescription)

Packets of Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Asprin, Tylenol, and Imodium.

The IFAK also includes Adventure Medical Kit’s “Trauma Pak with Quickclot“

In addition to all of this, I also keep in my car a full trauma kit. This is a completely separate kit from the IFAK and is about the size of a small suitcase. Inside it are most of the same contents of the IFAK. Differences are…

1) Burn Sheet

2) Large Trauma Pads


Stethoscope with Blood Pressure cuff

EMS Pocket Drug Guide

Large Roll of Duct Tape

2) Surgical gowns

1) CPR mask

1) Blood Glucose Level Monitoring Kit

2) Sam splints

I also have about 3 times the bandaging supplies as my IFAK in my Trauma Kit at all times.

This bag from Rothco would be perfect for your Trauma Kit. Just click on the picture to purchase.


This article was originally written by me for The Patriot Podcast found HERE Updates have been added for relevance.




3 thoughts on “The Individual First Aid Kit”

  • Have been gathering med supplies slowly but realized I needed more. Printing this out to add to my kit. Thanks, Ralph for posting this.

  • If you were to follow the military version of what an IFAK is for .. an IFAK is for us on yourself, and not someone else. You woudl use a Trauma kit for team and other others .. based on who they are, and whether the kit can be resupplied. But what if they don’t have an IFAK. You have two choices ( Self preservation, or burn your kit supplies on someone else). I suppose it would be about WHO the someone else is and whether resupply were available, and when. Basically risk management.. and your call at the time.
    The civilian version is you use supplies on whomever needs it when they need it. I woudl think it woudl be reasonable to think about an SOP for Triage.. Who can be helped and cannot and in what priority order. (Your list your call). I’m not saying be heartless, that that thinking about it ahead of time might prevent mistakes when emotions and pressure is high. No one wants to NOT help someone that needs it. That builds a case for having a lot of extra supplies as Ralph says, so you have more flexibility. What would you do if you knew there WAS no near term resupply? Unless it just showed up, it’s safer to presume there is none coming, and all you have is all you are going to have. Having excess supply, might prevent HARD choices.. IMO
    GG58

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