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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Wenzel

How to Assemble a Homemade Trauma Kit

You never know when or where an injury will occur. Be a step ahead of the medics and have a way to stop the bleed. It could save a life. Even without professional training one can learn the basics of first aid and bleed control. This post will link to that info at the bottom. There are a lot of kits that can be purchased online but making one yourself and learning about each item in the kit will be better off in the long run. If you choose to buy your own trauma kit, you can always add better things to it to improve it.

Here are some basic items to create a trauma kit:

  • Bleed stop or Quick Clot

  • Heavy gauze and pads

  • Tourniquet

  • Scissors

  • Disposable medical gloves

  • Medical tape

  • Band aides of all sizes

  • Instant ice packs

  • ACE bandages

  • CPR mask

Learn to Stop the Bleed

"Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. The greater the number of people who know how to control bleeding in an injured patient, the greater the chances of surviving that injury." -

You can get free training on bleed control at Although you will need to attend a live hands-on training to get your certificate, you can complete the "book" portion of the course online. The course takes about 25 minutes and is free.

It's fantastic to have a trauma kit in your vehicle or at work but it won't be a useful without a little training to use it. Take a little time to learn and you can help someone much better in a dire moment.

Thanks for reading!


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