Survival First Aid Kit Guide, Gear List, and Checklist [2023]

Survival First Aid Kit Guide, Gear List, and Checklist

This is a dynamic survival first aid kit guide curated by all of our authors for preppers both new and experienced. It is constantly being updated with up-to-date and accurate information, so please check back frequently for updates.

First Aid Kits are a cornerstone of preparedness. Keeping you and yours healthy and intact is a great start to responding to any situation when SHTF. First aid kits can be the basic store-bought variety or a comprehensive kit that you are fully trained on how to use.

While training and practice are key to all kits, it is especially important with this kit because some of the more involved tools can be dangerous when used improperly. An untrained prepper with an involved first aid kit is just an illusion of safety and security.

Contents (Jump to a Section)

Survival First Aid Kit Essentials

Our basic first aid checklist is meant for home use. A smaller kit would be better when included in bug-out bags, car kits, or get-home bags. Start with the foundation level if you are starting from scratch, and add modules based on your local threats.

First Aid Basics

These should be the cornerstone of your kit and included in any first aid kit:

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Suggested Additions for Your First Aid Kit

This gear may not be essential by definition, but adding any of these to your FAK will improve your kit’s versatility for even more situations.

Extra Supplies for your First Aid Kit

Essentials and suggested additions have been covered, so this is the area will you will find everything else that could be useful to have on you in a medical emergency. These extra supplies will help you in very specific situations, are less versatile, and may take up a lot of space. Even still, they could be the difference makers in an emergency- so it could pay off to consider adding these.

Survival First Aid Kit Checklist

A perfect first aid kit doesn’t exist- what is right for you depends on your situation, training, and risk tolerance. That said, we have as close to perfect of a starting point for you: our definitive FAK checklist.

Our checklist is available as both a pdf download and as a Google Sheet/Excel file where you can check off items yourself, and even add and subtract items from the checklist.

Survival First Aid Kit Checklist

Survival First Aid Kit Printable PDF Checklist

If you are looking for the simplest way to print and use the checklist above, download our printable PDF version. It is one page long on 8.5″ x 11″ paper if you reduce the margins to 0.5″. This FAK PDF makes gathering and tracking your FAK gear extremely easy. Once you open the first aid kit PDF checklist in your browser, you can either print it directly or save it through your browser.

Survival First Aid Kit Excel / Google Sheet Checklist

If you are looking for a comprehensive way to track your EDC loadout, open our Excel / Google Sheet version. The sheet is sharable, and you just need to copy it to your own Google Sheets account or download it to Excel to edit it. We also keep the best-reviewed item for each category linked to simplify shopping for any equipment you may find yourself missing.

The Next Step

A first aid kit is a common specialized kit that can help you every day or in an emergency. Here are some other common specialized kits:

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Survival First Aid Kit Guide