Best Tactical First Aid Kits for the Range and the Field – Survival Kits That Will Keep You Prepared For Any Situation

In the world of shooting sports, hunting, and self-defense, safety has to be one of our main concerns. We keep our guns locked up, ear and eye protection on, and try our best to follow every safety precaution we can think of. But, as you already know, life is often unpredictable. Bad things do happen from time to time. That’s why many of us choose to concealed carry in the first place.

While we can’t predict every bad situation, we can mitigate some risks. On this list, we have eight first aid kits that can help you get out of a jam. For each of them, we’ll go over the contents, their applications, and situations you might want to use them in. After looking at this list you’ll hopefully find one (or more) kit that will suit your needs.


Importance of a First Aid Kit

Before we get into the list, though, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost is access. The first aid kit you left at home is of zero use to you or anyone else when you’re not at home. It’s a good idea to keep a kit close by in your car, in your range bag, or on your person. Second, having the right gear can make a major difference, and it’s up to you to make sure you have it. Regardless of kit, I recommend some non-latex gloves (they’re good for everything from oil changes to gunshot wounds), saline solution for wound cleaning and eye flushing, and a multitool for anything that may come up. For those of us who carry firearms or might be around them: a tourniquet and some clotting gauze should be part of your daily carry items as well.

Third, consider a multi-tiered system. Keep the kit where things make sense and you’ll actually carry them. For example, a big kit at home means that in the event of a natural disaster, you’ll be well-stocked.  Having a smaller kit in addition to the larger one, for example, a kit in your car means you’ll have at least some stuff when you do need it. Finally, if you’re going to the range, where there are firearms, have a small trauma kit right on your person or in your bag.

Ultimately, think tactically. Tactics are merely matching experience with gear and some smarts to get you home in one piece and accomplish your mission. Thus, if you’re in an office, a few bandages in your desk might well be a sensible tactical kit for you. If you’re the kind of person who concealed carries, having some trauma gauze in your backpack or briefcase might save your life at some point. This is especially true for folks who are on medications: having what you need when you need it is a fundamental principle of good tactics. Also, consider getting some good training. Many local organizations such as schools, hospitals, and even churches offer basic first and CPR courses to the general public. These are often free or cheap and could save a life when you need it.


Tianbo First Trauma Kit

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First on our list is the Tianbo First 120 piece tactical trauma kit. As the name implies, this kit is reasonably well outfitted. It has bandages, a blanket, tourniquet, creams and ointments, all of the usual first aid kit stuff. What stands out to me, in this case, is the inclusion of a couple of tools. Specifically, scissors, tweezers, a knife, and a whistle. These tools allow you to expand the uses of the kit beyond simple first aid and will help you make due with what you have while administering aid to yourself or others and let you signal for help. In terms of form factor, this kid only weighs 1,3 lbs. and can be secured to MOLLE kit, which means that you’ll have it on you. This would be a good kit to have strapped to a pack (so you can access it in a hurry), in a car, or in a range bag.


Monoki First Aid Survival Kit

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Next up is a little larger kit, the Monoki 302 piece survival kit. This kit begins with a solid base of medical supplies: bandages, swabs, gloves, gauze, and two ponchos. All of these are present in the volume, making this a great kit for multiple people or long term. Where this kit stands out, again, is in the extra tools it includes to help get you out of a jam. There’s a multitool, compass, fire-making equipment, saw, and a flashlight. There are backups of several. This particular kit basically comes in a small carry bag: it might be a little big for EDC but would be at home in a bugout bag or in the trunk of a car. If you need a kit to get yourself, and your family, out of a jam, this one would be a solid call for general purpose usage.


Lightning X Premium Kit

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For a little more firearms/trauma oriented kit, we have the Lightning X Products Premium kit. This one is small but mighty. The kit contains gauze of various kinds, as well as clotting gauze, a tourniquet, and the usual supplies to keep things clean. Where this one stands out is in the specific trauma kit. Particularly, the inclusion of Israeli bandages and intubation tubes turn this kit into a nicety into something that, in skilled hands, can seriously aid in lifesaving at the scene of an accident or after a shooting incident. The package comes in a small, durable, MOLLE compatible package that would fit right in attacked to a pack or, if you were really serious, to a plate carrier.


Carlebben Rip-Away EMT Pouch

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If you’re looking for a compact option, try the Carlebben Rip-Away EMT pouch. This kit, designed by an actual EMT, is meant to be versatile: there are lots of bandages, prep pads, and ways to keep wounds clean and shut. A few more practical things are also included such as a CPR mask to keep you safe if you have to administer mouth to mouth. Also included are burn dressing and a poncho for added value. This kit comes in a few subdued colors is MOLLE compatible. This would be a great kit to keep in a car, a range bag, or in a bugout bag.


Delta Provision Co Tactical First Aid Kit

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Up next we have the Delta Provision Co Tactical First Aid Kit. This one is aimed more at the tactical crowd, as the name indicates, and thus is oriented towards a trauma care setting. The 130 pieces include your usual plethora of bandages, gauze, wipes, and gels. To make it a little more trauma oriented, there are also compression bandages, a splint, and a few butterfly closures. These, combined with a few common-sense tools such as the razor blade, whistle, and scissors, make this a sensible range kit. This one comes in a MOLLE compatible pouch: this means you can keep it handy on the outside of a pack as well as attached to the back of a car seat, in a range bag, or somewhere else you can get to it in a hurry. This kit is small enough to take with you, but not so small that it’s not effective. A solid choice for basically any situation.


ASATechmed Tactical Medical Tool Kit

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  • COMBAT TOURNIQUET & TRAUMA BANDAGE - Tools for critical wounds
  • SPLINT - Can be used to support any bone in the human body.
  • IFAK - All the tools you NEED to complete your trauma kit.
  • TACTICAL TRAUMA - This tactical kit provides the supplies you...
  • MOLLE / PALS COMPATIBLE - Perfect addition to your tactical gear.

Most of the kits on this list are absolutely full of all sorts of potentially useful items. Band-Aids, gauze, a flashlight, a compass: all awesome tools in case you need them. But, this kind of kit is a general one and that makes sense for most situations. But, in some applications, you know ahead of time exactly what kind of trouble you’re heading for. That’s the thinking behind the ASA Techmed Tactical Medical Survival Tool Kit. This kit has exactly four items: a compression bandage, a tourniquet, a splint, and the pouch it comes in. While this is absolutely not the kit for everyday cuts, burns, and sprains, this is the kit you want attaching to your plate carrier if you take a round. No rustling about amid a bag of band-aids while you or a friend is bleeding. This is a specialized tool and would serve as an excellent complement to another kit.


Ever Ready First Aid Meditac Kit

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  • TRAUMA PACK WITH QUICKCLOT - Stop bleeding on site quickly and...
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Another trauma oriented kit the Ever Ready First Aid Meditac Kit is specialized for the range,  law enforcement, or other potentially traumatic situations. This small kit does not have as many items as the larger kits, but what it does have, it has for a specific purpose. In this case, there’s a tourniquet, a trauma pack with clotting agents and cleaning supplies, gauze, and an Israeli bandage. There’s also some scissors and an airway opener. This kit, like the previous one, is meant to be small, handy, and have exactly what you need in the event of something awful happening. The focus here is on applicability rather than on size and quantity.


First Aid Only 299 Piece All Purpose Kit

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Finishing out with the largest kit on this list, we have the 299 piece kit by First Aid Only. This one has basically anything you could possibly think of, from various bandages, ointments, a blanket, aspirin, gauze, gloves, cleaning gear and tweezers. If you’re new to first aid and want a massive stockpile with which to start your safety kit, this would be an excellent start. The kit comes with an internal organizer to keep things neat, and the whole package comes in a zippered pouch that would be at home in the car or a bugout bag.


Parting Shots

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There’s a lot of information on this list. What we have here is just a start. If you take a little time to assess your first aid needs and read through the contents of these kits, you should be able to find something that will work for you. Also, consider some training, so you can use the kits you do have!

A final note: when you do get a kit, keep it well stocked! Replace things individually as you use them, and make a note of expiration dates on anything that does expire. While, absolutely, expired burn cream is better than none at all, why risk a bad reaction when you can easily prevent such a thing with just a little forethought.

Similarly, keep storage in mind when stashing your kits. When I think of a first aid kit for a car, I have mostly car accidents in mind. If the worst happens, I may well be upside down and concussed. I don’t want my first aid kit flying around in a mess of metal and glass. Instead, keep your kit secured (perhaps with some Velcro) to a spot you can access with either hand in case of injury. Keep that idea in mind with IFAK’s on body armor or packs as well. Counting on your dominant hand to be in good enough shape to help you when your life is on the line is a bet that might as well be a losing one: thus, keep your kit in a place where you (or someone else) can easily get to it in basically any situation.

If you keep these recommendations in mind and get a kit that works for you, you’ll be one step ahead if something bad were to happen.

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Chris Frenchak has over 20 years of firearms experience between sporting and responsible concealed carry applications. Chris is a member of multiple pro-second amendment organizations including USCCA, NRA, and just as importantly, his local range. Chris is continuing a legacy of support for our rights by working with his family to increase firearms education and awareness as the lead editor of GunBacker.

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