First Aid Kits
Unfortunately, 99% of men who build Bug Out Bags eventually need them. That is because it is inevitable that one day their spouse will wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, trip over the But Out Bag that all serious preppers keep beside the bed, realize what an idiot they have in bed beside them, and kick them out. Fortunately for us Canadians however, the Zombie Apocalypse is only going to occur in the United States. Fortunately, 99% of the people who buy our First Aid Kits, will never need them. The best item to have when you end up in a hurtful state is a helicopter. The best way to get that ship is to order it up much as you would a pizza, but with a VHF radio (can help you there) or satellite phone (can't help you there). While you are waiting for that ship, you cannot have pizza. You might lookup your symptoms in a medical book (like the ones they have in the Adventure Medical Kits). Or you might put a pressure dressing on the bleeding, or find something like a broken limb to stabilize, or sucking chest wound to occlude.
Last summer I received an Adventure Medical First Aid kit. And again I'm afraid I will have to vilify MEC for selling these and say, "you can do much better than this". This was the first thing I muttered when I extracted the roll of dollar store duct tape. As we all know, duct tape is not created equal. Lately I decided I did not really need to be carrying afterbite wipes, a tick remover, moleskin (because tenacious tape and silicone tape are much better). The elastic bandage was too small and far inferior to Coban tape, and even the adhesive tape looked like it was dollar store quality. The whole works still weighed in at 230 grams and cost $22.50. Then, well known Mountain Specialist Ron Tessolini recommended we make our first aid kits available to our clientele, and only a fool ignores someone like Tessolini at their peril.
What I do want to carry, even on day trips, is something to clot blood, some self adhesive tape, some tenacious tape, and some decent transparent duct tape - all the stuff that costs more than what you find in an Adventure Medical Kit. So what I did was put it together in a nylon bag along with a Loksak bag so I'd also have an wound irrigation device. I ended up with a first aid kit for day trips that had much better items, weighed 140 grams less, and I could sell much more meaningful items for less. (All this takes me back to the days of MSR).
More information and handling instructions for some of the various kit items is on the kit and additional items pages.
Also, if you keep a Bug Out Bag near your bed, we advise you buy one of our tritium vials so your spouse can avoid it, but you can find find it, in the dark.