I was one of those kids who had more fun playing with the empty box than playing with whatever toy or gizmo my parents gave me. In this case, the box is the gift, but it’s pretty cool anyway. If you are building your own medical kit, this waterproof box is a great place to start. This was exactly the same type of box used for general-purpose first aid in military aircraft and boats. Originally, this box held a 317-piece kit designed for front line trauma as well as basic first aid, but feel free to design your own. To get started, the original kit contained:
- (1) Hand Sanitizer
- (1) Surgical Tape 1-inch x 10 yards
- (1) Triangular Bandage, 40x40x56 inches with two safety pins
- (1) Bleedstop Bandage
- (2) Conforming Gauze 4-inch x 4.1 yards
- (5) ABD Pads, 5×9 inches
- (5) Burn Cream Packs
- (20) Pain Reliever (2 Tablets per packet)
- (100) Bandage Strips, 1×3-inches
- (2) Instant Cold Packs
- (20) Antiseptic Wipes
- (1) Multi-Trauma Dressing, 12×30-inches
- (1) Universal Splint 36 inches
- (5) Pairs of Latex Gloves
- (1) Field Dressing, 4×7 inches
- (1) Elastic Bandage, 6 inches
- (150) Sterile Surgical Gauze, 2 x 2 inches
At 11×9.5×7 inches, this box fits perfectly in a trunk or marine seat console. You don’t have to worry about it getting wet—the rubber gasket is water tight and securely seals your items inside for extended periods. The lid has a beveled label saying First Aid Kit General Purpose. The handles on the front and back are steel and the creases in the lid and bottom allow for securely stacking boxes without the risk of sliding.
If you are a prepper, you will find uses for many of these containers. The surplus medical box is ideal for storing valuables such as IDs, money, food, and even ammunition. The gasket seals spillage inside if something breaks during transport and the steel latches secure the gasket in place. These things can roll around in the back of a truck in any climate, and the heavy-duty construction will hold up to the elements.
Have you made your own first aid kit? What type of box and supplies did you use?The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog, “The Shooter’s Log,” is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!