I decided to make a separate post for the medical items in my INCH bag in order to better explain some of my choices. You will likely notice that this kit is significantly simpler than some created by others for bug out purposes, but I believe it covers the basics reasonably well while allowing for multi-functionality that other kits do not. You will also notice that I do not carry certain items, like bandaids or sutures, which can be improvised from other components. Items such as saws, cordage, and duct tape are included with the main kit in order to allow for the improvisation of equipment like splints.
|First Aid Bag||Contains entire kit.||1.9|
|Cotton Squares||80ct, 2x2.25". These are normal 100% cotton cosmetic squares. These can be used as gauze, or in combination with the medical tape as bandaids. Non-medically, they can be fluffed up for use as fire tinder. These can also be used as filters for large water particulate.||0.5|
|Bandages, x2||37x37x52 Sealed compressed muslin w/safety pins. Wrap up wounds, useful as a sling, and everything else that a bit of cotton cloth is useful for.||4.3|
|Dental Filler||Patch up fillings, broken teeth. Also contains some anesthetic properties. Though this is not a multi-functional item, it is very small and light.||0.2|
|Pain Med||Naproxin Sodium, 50 pills. This is the active ingredient of Aleve, and is the strongest over-the-counter pain medication.||1|
|Antihistamine||Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride, 30 pills. This is the active ingredient of Benadryl, as well as many brands of sleep aids. It is one of the faster-acting over-the-counter oral antihistamines; crush into powder and hold under tongue for anaphylaxis allergy attacks. Crushed up, it can be combined with water to make a topical paste for bites and ivy.||0.9|
|Iodine||10% povidone iodine. Topical antiseptic, can be used to decontaminate water (4 drops per liter), limited radiation protection for the thyroid if applied before exposure.||0.9|
|Medical Tape||General purpose tape for protecting small wounds, covering stitches, holding cotton pads in place.||0.4|
|Nylon Thread||Heavy duty upholstery thread. Stitches, clothing and equipment repairs, fishing line.||0.8|
|Sewing Needles||7 needles, assorted sizes from sewing to sail needle, magnetized for emergency use as a compass.||0.2|
|Electrolytes||Electrolyte pills. Relieves symptoms caused by overexertion and excess sweating. Cramping, muscle soreness, nausea.||0.1|
|Tweezers||Slant Tip Tweezer, removing splinters, stingers, parasites.||0.4|
In addition to the items in the medical kit itself, my INCH bag includes a tin of Bag Balm. It is a mild antiseptic, skin protectant, and moisturizer. Can also be used as a mechanical lube, tinder extender, rust inhibitor, or leather treatment. Comes in a metal tin which has its own uses. If I did not have Bag Balm in my main kit, I would include a tube of antibiotic cream in this medical kit.