Organize all the items in your first aid kit so that when disaster strikes, you don't waste precious seconds looking for a certain item. The kit itself should also be portable enough so you can easily and quickly bring it with you when treating an injured person.
You can use a large fishing tackle box to organize the supplies in your first aid kit. Place large items in the bottom of the box, then keep smaller items organized in the trays.
Elastic bandages – Use elastic bandages for a sprain or torn ligament. You can also use on to secure a splint in place.
Eye cup – Debris that can scratch the eye can be serious and chemical exposure can cause blindness. Use an eye cup to flush the eyes of the patient. If you have enough space in your kit, include a full eye flush kit.
Hemostats – Use a hemostat to close a vein if the patient has a severed limb. This will help prevent is essential to prevent fatal amounts of blood loss. A hemostat can save a life.
Medical scissors – Use a sharp pair of medical scissors to cut off jeans from a wounded patient or to remove bandages.
Structural aluminum malleable (SAM) splint – A SAM splint kit can be cut with surgical scissors and is light and easy to carry. It's made of light aluminum and 1/4-inch foam and can be formed to fit almost any break.
Sling or combat cravat – Use a sling to keep broken arms stationary.
Thermometer – A severe infection or illness can cause a fever and knowing the temperature of the patient matters. If a fever gets over 102 F, apply emergency cooling measures.
Tourniquet – A one-handed tourniquet can be easily applied and adjusted to the right tightness.
Tweezers – You'll need tweezers to remove small contaminants from wounds.
Supplies for minor wounds
When SHTF, you will need your first aid kit mostly for flesh wounds.