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The Most Important Piece of EDC Gear and How To Choose The Best One For You And Your Family

Alisha Ketter

Alisha Ketter helping pull a wounded woman to safety at the Tropicana during the mass killing in Las Vegas on Sun Oct 1, 2017. (Photo: Chase Stevens, AP)

This picture was taken during the Las Vegas Mass Murder incident in 2017. The woman pictured is Alisha Ketter, a FIREARM instructor in Reno NV. When I met with her several months later to hear her story I was struck by one very important insight. She is a firearm instructor. She is very capable of dealing with your average threat. But shooting the murderer that night was impossible. But what could she do? Remove the IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) she brought with her and apply first aid to the wounded people around her. She saved lives.

No matter if you find yourself in a gunfight, a car accident, or any number of very common daily medical emergencies; you are going to need the right medical gear.

What I have found? Most of the people in my social circle carry a gun every day but they don't have any medical gear.

How do you prioritize the gear you carry as part of your EDC? As I scroll through Instagram today and look at the images people share of their daily loadout gear I see things like guns, knives, flashlights, etc. Some people also have lock picking tools, escape and evasion tools, and fire-starting tools.

What don't I ever see? Medical gear. No tourniquets, chest seals, dressings, or bandages. Nada. Zilch. Not one.

It seems that in lieu of choosing tools that are the most likely to be valuable to us too often we choose products that have some sort of cool factor instead.

To be clear I'm an advocate for preparedness. I am one of those people who have a lock pick set and fire-starting tools on me all the time...

My issue isn't having any of those things, it is the lack of medical gear.

After all what do you think is more likely:

Getting stranded in the woods and needing to make a fire OR coming upon a medical emergency in or outside of your home?

I feel that the most important part of my EDC gear is my medical gear... both because of the odds of needing the gear are relatively high, and the stakes in situations that call for it are life and death.


Jacob Paulsen
President |

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There Are 4 Reasons People Don't Carry Medical Gear

1: Don't See The Need

Medical emergencies are far more common than most of us realize. In a survey of American adults, we found more than 70% have called 9-1-1 to report a medical emergency in their lifetime.

In the US 76 People experience an injury that warrants emergency medical attention EVERY MINUTE.

You value being prepared. Why would you ignore medical preparedness?

medical emergency kit

2: Not Enough Space

Medical gear such as a tourniquet and QuikClot can take up more space than a flashlight in your pocket. While you can use an Ankle Cuff or keep an abbreviated trauma kit in a cargo pocket; I recommend just keeping a Trauma Kit in the places that will generally be nearby when you need them.

  • In your home
  • In your car
  • In your bag/briefcase

3: Lack The Training

I agree there isn't much value to carrying medical gear if you don't know how to use it, but I'm pleased to announce that today we've teamed up with Mountain Man Medical to provide their "Emergency Trauma Response" video-based online training course for free to our customers.

This program includes all the knowledge you need to deal with any major trauma emergency. More information below.

combat gauze and bandages

4: Too Expensive

Quality medical gear is traditionally very expensive. For a long time, a small number of providers have managed what is effectively a monopoly forcing high prices on consumers.

We've teamed up with Mountain Man Medical which includes the same proven, name-brand components in their kits at a much lower price. Their price match guarantee ensures you get the absolute lowest cost on the market for the best gear available.

What Should You Include In Your EDC Trauma Kit?

I recommend people consider multiple Trauma Kits for staging in different places for different situations. Afterall, if space and budget are no issue you should get the largest and most comprehensive Trauma Kit you can.

However, when deciding what you can fit in a desk drawer, a backpack, or even in your pocket; you may have space constraints.

Regardless of your constraints, any Trauma Kit should include at a minimum:

  • A Tourniquet. We recommend the C-A-T from North American Rescue but for those with budget constraints, the SWAT-T is a viable less expensive alternative and decent option.
  • Chest Seals. Tension Pneumothorax is a serious threat when the injured party has a chest puncture or gunshot wound.
  • Pressure Bandage. A good pressure bandage that allows you to put direct pressure on a bleed independently without your direct hands-on effort.
  • Administrative and safety gear like gloves, a marker, and trauma shears
  • Ideally a hemostatic dressing such as QuikClot or ChitoGauze for serious bleeds in junctional areas where a tourniquet can't be applied

3 Quality Options To Choose From

We have partnered with Mountain Man Medical to bring you 3 trauma kit options.

You will decide for yourself what the right option is for you and your family. 

I personally recommend the Yellowstone for places where space is a constraint. It has everything you need and fits in a compact molle compatible pouch. I have one in my laptop bag, my desk, and in the kitchen of my home.

I recommend The Wind River for places where it is convenient to have all medical supplies (basic first-aid and major trauma) in a single kit. I have one in each car, my backpacking/camping gear, and at my office. I also keep one in my church security gear for Sundays.

*NOTE: As mentioned above any purchase of any below Trauma Kit today will also include at no additional expense immediate and permanent access to the "Emergency Trauma Response" video training course which will give you all the knowledge you need to feel confident in using this gear to save a life!

The Yellowstone Trauma Kit

A simple trauma kit designed for personal use that includes everything needed for 95% of emergencies. The kit we recommend for individual use and application.

Yellowstone Kit With CAT

Includes: Falcon pouch, first-aid patch, C-A-T Tourniquet, Rolled QuikClot, Hyfin Compact Chest Seals (2), Elastic Bandage, NAR Mini 4" ETD, 2x Pair of Nitrile Gloves, Mini Black Marker, Compact Trauma Shears, 2x 4yd Rolled Gauze

Only $135.99

The Mountain Ankle IFAK Kit

The CORE components all tucked into a comfortable but durable ankle cuff that will fit under your pants. Everything you need for 85% of emergencies. The kit we recommend for EDC covert carry.

Ankle IFAK Refill Kit in IFAK

Includes: SOF-T Tourniquet, ChitoGauze 3" x 4yd, 2x Compact Hyfin Chest Seals, H&H Medical Mini Compression Bandage, a Pair of Nitrile Gloves, Compact Shears, and the Wilderness Tactical 5" Ankle Cuff

Only $159.99

The Wind River Trauma

& First-Aid Kit

A comprehensive medkit designed for treating multiple injuried parties. Includes both core Trauma gear as well as typical first-aid components. Ideal for vehicles, travel, outdoors, small businesses, and venues.

wind river trauma kit

Includes everything in The Yellowstone PLUS Osprey pouch upgrade, 1 additional C-A-T Tourniquet, 1 additional QuikClot Rolled Bandage, 2x additional Pairs of Nitrile Gloves, 1x additional elastic bandage, 1x Triangular Bandage/Cravat, 4" Israeli Pressure Bandage, 2x Instant Cold Packs, Survival Blanket, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Diphenhydramine, Sting/Bite Wipes, Antiseptic Wipes, Adhesive bandages, Antibiotic Ointment, Burn Cream

Only $259.99

Review the above options and when you are ready click on the blue button below to make your selection


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