People who spend a lot of time outdoors hiking, camping or hunting, the threat of injury is always present. Most have learned that a military first aid kit is the best resource they can carry with them.
The standard first aid kits made for the home or the car do not cover many potential injuries in the outdoors. When hiking, for example, a slip can result in a large gash or scrape and the regular-sized band-aids usually will not work. However, in a military first aid kit, the gauze bandages are typically larger, and the military first aid kit will have anti-bacterial creams and ointments to stave off infections.
Many military first aid kit pouches are designed to fit onto a belt to be carried easily. You can even add a fold-up litter to the military first aid kit on the off chance of someone being hurt to the point of being immobile. They are designed to be handled by two people, or can be dragged by one person.
Most military first aid kit carrying cases come in black, tan or olive drab and can be found in camouflage. The camouflage coloring is beneficial for hunters who want it to blend in with their surroundings like the rest of their hunting clothes.
Maintain Essential Products In Kit
Many military first aid kits have the essential items needed for field injuries, and most include items to stop major bleeding. However, the quantities are usually for the minimum of anticipated injuries and, if used, will need to be replenished. Items like larger gauze bandages, anti-bacterial ointment, wound closure strips and pain relievers can be replaced by visiting the local drug store.
When buying your first military first aid kit, base your decision on experience and information from others to insure you are covered for potential injuries in the field. Since you may be quite a distance from professional first aid help, a good theory is to hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
If you obtain a military first aid kit in a kit form, there may be some items you would add, depending on your location. Most do not come equipped for snakebites, and if planning a trip to an area where this may be a possibility, you may want to include a snake bite kit in you pouch. Additionally, bug spray and bee sting care should be considered.