First Aid kits are a fundamental part of prepping. Ready-made kits can be expensive – and usually full of stuff you won’t often use. But, if you are willing to put in a bit of effort, you can put together a car first aid kit for around $25.
Our cost didn’t include the cost of the first aid kit container, but this whole kit could fit into a gallon zipper bag.
Need a first aid book? We’ve got you covered. Go to the FREE section of the Independence Library, and download the US Military First Aid Book and Army Bandaging and Splinting handbook. Note that both of these are rather long (225 and 80+ pages, respectively), so once you download them, you can choose to only print out the pages you want to include in your own First Aid booklet.
Here is a list of items all available on Amazon.com which you can put in your kit.
Item 1 – 1x 4″ Israeli Battle Dressing Bandage – $7.05
This is a multi-use wound dressing that covers a wound but also applies direct pressure to help stem any blood flow. It can be put on with one hand so you can apply it to yourself as well as a casualty you are helping. It has a fastening system that means knot tying is not needed.
Uses: Applying pressure to a bleed and to cover an open wound.
Can be used as a tourniquet to apply indirect pressure to an injury.
Securing a splint to a broken bone
(Chief Instructor here: These are a MUST HAVE item for every First Aid kit. An ingenious and invaluable tool that should be in every first aid kit, bug out bag, and shooting range bag).
Total spent: $7.05
Item 2 – 1x Think Safe 1095TS 7″ Trauma Shear – $4.00
Sometimes you need to remove a victims clothing in a hurry. Regular scissors can cut into skin as you try and cut things off in a panic. These scissors have rounded blades preventing this from happening.
Uses: Removing clothing from injured area
These scissors can remove a cast if required.
Scissors are always a useful tool to have to hand for prepper purposes so a great addition to your first aid kit.
Total Spent: $11.05
Item 3 – 1x Pac-Kit 4-006 40″ Non-sterile Triangular Bandage – $1.94
Triangular bandages are another multi-purpose bandage. They are easily stored as they fold up small and can be washed and re used if necessary.
Uses: Slings for injured arms (elevated sling to reduce bleeding of lower arm or to reduce swelling of same area, support sling for broken arm, wrist or hand)
Head bandage – tied into a bandana, pressure can be applied to a cut on the top of the head
Can be used as a tourniquet or tied to keep a wound dressing in place.
Total Spent: $12.99
Item 4 – 1x box Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages, Flexible Fabric, 30 Assorted Count – $2.19
Band aids are a must have for any first aid kit. Three different sizes are in this box so you will have the right size and shape band aid for whatever cut you need it for.
Uses: To form a protective barrier between an open cut and bacteria to help prevent infection
Can be used to stick bandages or dressings in place
Total Spent: $15.18
Item 5 – 5x Combine Gauze Dressing 5×9 Sterile – $0.74 (Box of 25 – $3.68)
These are absorbent dressings which also have a moisture barrier meaning wounds are protected well. They prevent blood pooling by wicking blood laterally across the pad.
Uses: Covers large wounds to help control bleeding and prevent infection
Total Spent: $15.92
Item 6 – 10 x Pac-Kit 12-110 Alcohol Antiseptic Wipes – $1.10 (Box of 100 – $10.96)
Commonly contain Chlorhexidine Digluconate and Alcohol to provide a wipe with disinfection properties.
Uses: Disinfect minor cuts and grazes
Disinfect the skin prior to an injection
Can be used to disinfect hands prior to giving treatment
Total Spent – $17.02
Item 7 – 2 x Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets – $1.84 (pack of 5 – $4.62)
Contains and reflects 90% of body heat to help keep a casualty warm after an accident. Folded into a small square shape they are easy to store and are very lightweight.
Uses: To wrap around yourself to help keep you warm if you are stranded in your car
Helps treat shock
Could be used as an emergency shelter if the situation occurs
Total Spent – $18.86
Item 8 – 2 pairs SafeTouch Nitrile Exam Gloves, Non Latex, Powder Free – $0.36 (Box of 100 individual gloves – $8.95)
These gloves do not contain any allergy causing rubber proteins meaning anyone can use them. They are puncture resistant and meet or exceed all current FDA regulations.
Uses: Barrier between wounds, bodily fluids and you
Helps prevent infection
Total Spent – $19.22
Item 9 – 1 x Gorilla Tape To-Go – $2.98
This type of tape is a prepper’s best friend as it has so many uses. This comes in a 1inch x 30 feet roll so it is small and lightweight but just as strong as a full size roll.
Uses: Can be placed over a gauze as a DIY band aid
Securing a splint for a broken bone
Stopping blisters from rubbing
Temporary closing of a deep wound
Total Spent – $22.20
Item 10 – 1x CPR Mask Key Chain Kit – One-way Valve and Face Mask – $2.38 (Pack of 5 – $11.90)
These can be attached to your car keys or kept in your kit. They are small but hugely important in first aid hygiene.
Uses: Prevents direct mouth to mouth contact during CPR
One way valve prevents bodily fluids getting in contact with you
Total Spent: $24.58.