As gun owners and concealed carriers, we focus a lot of time and energy on honing our marksmanship and gun handling skills. And we should. But we also need to focus on other lifesaving matters as well, such as first aid and helping those in need where the gun is not the appropriate tool at the moment. I always emphasize with my pistol students that they need to get basic first aid training. My motto is: If you poke holes in people, you need to know how to fix holes in people. That doesn’t mean you have to be a trauma or ER doctor, but you do need to know basic first aid: how to stop a bleeding wound, how to apply a tourniquet, etc. until the EMTs arrive and can take over.
But knowledge only goes so far if you don’t have the equipment needed to apply that knowledge. For instance, do you carry a tourniquet with you?
Thanks to the folks at MyMedic, you can now carry many first aid essentials – and a few extras – in a convenient pack that stands up to the elements.
Quick disclaimer before we get too far into the weeds: just because you have basic first aid knowledge and gear does not guarantee your efforts will save a life. That’s why we have medical professionals. But a first aid kit can help preserve life until the professionals arrive. This kit – like any first aid kit – is not a box full of miracles. If you’re going to carry a kit like this, please seek out training on how to use the equipment inside so you won’t be kneeling over a wounded colleague or family member, not knowing how to use all these wonderful inventions at the moment when they are needed the most.
That being said, let’s dive into the MyMedic Stormproof Universal First Aid Kit to see what makes it a great part of your essential gear.
Available in either black or red, the outside is made of waterproof material with welded seams and a water-resistant zipper to keep everything inside and the elements outside. The zipper pull is large enough to grab quickly and easily even with gloves on. Two features on the outside make carrying easy: a large rubber loop on the top offers good grip and a carabiner attachment point, and MOLLE on the front lets you strap it to your favorite tactical backpack or bag. Or you can use the MOLLE points to attach other items to the kit, such as more tourniquets or the MyMedic proprietary Billy Bands that feature elastic loops on each end to hold even more stuff.
Overall outside dimensions:
This is where we get the good stuff, the lifesaving gear mixed with a “boo-boo” kit. That’s not meant to be insulting. Sometimes we don’t need to save someone’s life, just patch up a scrape. Other times, a life is on the line and we need that gear stat! This kit has both.
Whatever you need, you’ll find it easily because everything is laid out logically, placed in removable mesh pouches, and labeled with common sense icons for quick identification. Some medical terms are hard to spell and pronounce, so MyMedic chose icons that we can all understand and identify in an emergency.
For example, the burn kit has a flame, and the kit that stops bleeding has a droplet on a red background. Pretty easy to figure out what those mean. Got a wound from someone slipping and falling while on a hike? Find the bandage you need in the pouch labeled with the hiker. The other pouches are label in like manner, so finding what you need is easy.
Among the emergency/trauma gear:
For cuts, bruises, minor burns, and other non-life-threatening injuries:
The kit fits easily inside a backpack or bailout bag. It also makes a great car kit or home kit. I took mine hiking with my son’s scout troop and really didn’t notice the extra couple of pounds in my backpack. What I did notice was the peace of mind knowing it was there if I needed it. The rest of the time, it lives in my trunk as part of my get-home bag.
At $150 from MyMedic’s website, the Stormproof Universal First Aid Kit is a great value for a small waterproof medical kit that covers many of the essentials. ~ David
David is an avid gun guy and a contributing writer to several major gun publications. In addition to being an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and RSO, David trains new shooters on basic handgun skills and CCW requirements and is a strong advocate for training as much as you possibly can. "Real life shootouts don't happen at a box range."