Loadout: First Aid Carry

Here’s how I’ve been carrying my first aid / trauma style kit recently to keep it readily accessible.

I’m currently splitting my First Aid Kit across two PDW Stash It pouches. One is for ‘boo-boo’s’ where you’ve got some time to think about what you’re doing and the other for situations where there’s more of an immediate danger. I had them together in one pouch, but it was so stuffed that it was harder to access what you needed than necessary.

I’ve used the webbing holders to attach them together so they work as a stack in the thinner compartment of my SHADO pack, and also my older style GORUCK Bullet 10L Ruck. In the SHADO they’re stacked on top of my larger PDW pouch and which is attached to the bottom of the included organiser panel. The panel gives me the ability to lift the whole lot out in one go, but not attaching the First Aid means they can come out separately.

I’ve carried pre-made kits before, but since reading an article on ITS Tactical, I subscribe to thinking shared on there that everything in my kit I’ve got to be confident using. Also, I’ve created an entire and exact repeat of the first aid booboo kit in a smaller pocket pouch for trips to the local park or days out where we don’t need a trauma kit!



With a small marker and label patch.


With a long marker on the front loop panel for quick identification and to avoid losing it! Medical Scissors attached to the back of the pouch

  • In the front zip pocket…
    Tiny homemade pouch with medical gloves
    Resus face shield (bought before covid!)
  • Main compartment…
    Israeli Dressing, doubles as a tourniquet
    Large dressing
    Zinc tape, can also be used for blisters
  • Internal mesh compartment…
    Emergency Blanket – This is especially essential in the winter months. The day I wrote up this post I came across an elderly man who had fallen over and broken his arm. He had soaking trousers and was lying on the freezing cold ground. I was able to help move him to somewhere he could sit upright and wrapped him in my mylar blanket to keep him off the ice-cold, snow-covered ground that would have sucked the heat out of him in no time!
    Emergency whistle (I carry PDW’s one round my neck if we’re out in the wild too!)

Disclaimer: I am not a medical expert. This kit works for me, but we strongly recommend that all our readers create their own kits based on their own needs and requirements. If you happen to be a medical professional who has a well rounded kit that you feel would benefit others to see, please do share your own loadout.

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