TFB’s 6th Day Of Christmas: First Aid And Survival

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Right in the middle of TFB’s 12 Days of Christmas are the least glamorous gift suggestions. But sometimes the least flashy presents, the ones you fail to buy for yourself, are the most satisfying to receive. Case in point: first aid.

Unfortunately only a small percentage of shooters and hunters carry any sort of cuts-and-scrapes supplies into the field, let alone a trauma pack. What’s the difference? A boo-boo kit will help keep blood from your hang nail from getting on your expensive Crye pants. An Immediate First Aid and Kit (IFAK) is filled with supplies that can save you (or your buddies) life.

If you don’t carry a trauma first aid kit, either set a New Years resolution to start, or gift yourself one and learn how to use it. Most setups made these days are compact and portable enough to carry with you everywhere you go. So you have no excuse for not bringing it along to every range session.

Lastly, I’m far from a dedicated “prepper”, but keeping a few days of food, water and supplies on hand in case of a service disruption is just basic common sense.

As a reminder, the products listed below aren’t paid advertisements. If you have suggestions or comments, please let everyone know in the discussion section.

Adventure Medical Kits Field Trauma and first Aid Kit – $48

The biggest kit in the world won’t make a difference if it’s sitting in camp while you’re in the field. The Field Trauma with QuikClot® is designed to be small enough to stash into a daypack while equipping you with the supplies and information to venture 1-2 days away from your base. A 25g QuikClot® Sport dressing stops life-threatening bleeding fast, while the included bandages, dressings, and medication enables you to stabilize the fracture or sprain, and keep the patient comfortable while you make your way back to camp or await rescue.


North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet C-A-T – $30.

The patented C-A-T® is a true one-handed tourniquet proven to be 100% effective by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research. Tests proved that the C-A-T® completely occluded blood flow of an extremity in the event of a traumatic wound with significant hemorrhage.

The C-A-T® utilizes a durable windlass system with a patented free-moving internal band providing true circumferential pressure to the extremity. Once adequately tightened, bleeding will cease and the windlass is locked into place. A hook and loop windlass retention strap is then applied, securing the windlass to maintain pressure during casualty evacuation. The C-A-T®’s unique dual securing system avoids the use of screws and clips which can become difficult to operate under survival stress or where fine motor skills are compromised.



ITS Tactical ETA Trauma Kit – $160 (EST)

ETA Trauma Kit Pouch was born out of the necessity in developing both a pouch that could hold our Vacuum Sealed Fatboy ETA Trauma Kit, as well as the contents of the kit if the end user needs to break the seal, or wants faster access to individual components.

We worked with Zulu Nylon Gear for nearly a year to design what we feel is one of the best medical pouches on the market today. With a simple pull on the handle, the pouch quickly filets open to provide immediate access to your medical components without delay. The new addition of a small 1″ section of red VELCRO® brand ONE-WRAP® fastener affixed to the color-matched webbing handle can be removed for a lower profile.

The main rear-most pocket provides space large enough to fit our Vacuum Sealed Fatboy ETA Trauma Kit or a complement of other medical items. The two rear wing pockets are large enough to store Decompression Needles, NPAs, or other Airway devices. The flap panel design comes from our ITS Med Insert and allows you to custom configure the shock cord loops to hold whatever you need it to.

The pouch can also be quickly secured by simply pulling back up on the handle and affixing the VELCRO® brand fastener. Trauma shears can be tucked behind the PALS/MOLLE mounting at the rear of the pouch or attached to the single channel of PALS/MOLLE that run on either side of the exterior of the wings. This channel can also be used to secure a tourniquet, tourniquet pouch, or rescue hook pouches.


 Adventure medical kits emergency Blanket – $5

The most advanced emergency blanket on the market – meticulously designed to never fail when you’re counting on it with your life. It all starts with the material, vacuum-metalized polyethylene, that reflects 90% of your body heat while also offering a number of other important features that set it apart from traditional mylar blankets; it opens easily and will not shred if nicked or punctured, rips and tears can be repaired, it is quiet and won’t crinkle in high winds, and its high-visibility orange exterior makes it easy for rescuers to find you. Sized to fit one person.



LifeStraw Water Purification – $20

LifeStraw is ideal for hiking, backpacking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness. The straw-style filter design lets you turn up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water into safe drinking water.

With our Follow the Liters program, for every LifeStraw product sold, a child in a developing country receives clean, safe drinking water for an entire school year.

Filters up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water

Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction), including E-Coli

Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction), including Giardia & Cryptosporidium

Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns

Ultralight: weighs only 2oz

Does NOT use iodine or iodinized resin

Lifestraw-02-500x500ORAL IV – $12

ORAL I.V. only contains trace minerals + structured water. No sugar, no chemicals, no additives, no stimulants and zero calories. It’s raw, organic and as natural as natural can be. We focus on only the smallest and right amounts of sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, iron, copper, selenium, zinc and a blend of other natural trace minerals that the body requires to trigger its hydration processes.


Mountain House 2 Day Emergency Food Supply – $40 (EST)

Now you can easily customize an emergency food supply with Mountain House Just in Case…® Emergency Food Supply Multi-Day Kits.

This stackable 2-day boxed kit contains a variety of popular breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees for one person. Use it alone or combine it with our Just in Case…® 5 Day Emergency Food Supply Kits for 1 week of food. Add in our 3 and 4 day Emergency Food Supply kits for a full 2 weeks of meals.

Contains 15 total servings making it the perfect starter kit, or kit to keep in the trunk of your car. Includes 6 total pouches:

Breakfast Skillet 2x — Hash browns and scrambled eggs mixed with pork sausage, peppers & onions. Each pouch makes two 1-cup servings.

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce 2x — A mouth-watering tomato sauce accompanied by tender pasta and beef chunks. Each Pouch makes 2.5 1-cup servings

Rice & Chicken 2x — Rice and chicken in a savory sauce accented with pimientos. Each pouch makes three 1-cup servings.

Our nearly 50-year legacy of providing the best freeze dried and emergency food available means you can trust our meals to be dependable and delicious no matter what. Mountain House is the only emergency food brand with a Taste Guarantee. We promise that our meals will still taste good 30 years after they were made. This is the longest proven shelf life in the industry. Period. This makes it easy to see why Mountain House is the wise food storage choice.



TFB’s 12 Days Of Christmas:

Day 1:  Back Up IRON Sights – ‘BUIS’

Day 2: Tools

Day 3: Hearing Protection

Day 4: Rimfire Silencers

Day 5: Cleaning Kits

Day 6: First Aid and Survival





Day 11: (wine from Central africa)

Day 12: (Septic Cleaner) 


LE – Science – OSINT.
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  • AlBloch

    Double negative typo in the 2nd paragraph: only a few fail to= most people do it already

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Corrected. Thanks. Extra hot chocolate for you today.

  • Repeat after me, do not buy tourniquets on Amazon.
    Do not buy tourniquets on Amazon.

    There is too much counterfeit tourniquets on the market. Only buy tourniquets from reputable medical supply dealers.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I get real deal NAR on amazon, hasn’t been an issue yet. But I know there are knockoffs all over there.

  • it’s just Boris

    I’m all for emergency water supplies. But Oral IV lost my interest, respect and business at “structured.”

    • Would they have kept your interest with the pitch:

      “This Christmas don’t forget to give that special someone some Oral…. Oral IV”?

      Structured “Organic” raw water eh? I’m willing to put money that they are pandering to the NYC or LA demographic of hipsters.

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        I got the idea that they were using “organic” to mean there aren’t a bunch of lab manufactured chemicals or drugs in there.

        • I can see that being a possible conclusion. They also used “Raw” and “Natural” in case you aren’t a fan of organic water. I always assume their marketing team felt adding terms like that mean they can charge a few dollars more.

        • Swarf

          A pinch of dirt.

        • Joseph Goins

          It’s nothing more than distilled water.

        • Rick O’Shay

          Arsenic is organic, that doesn’t mean it’s great either.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      I have them and have used them. I can’t say with any basis that they work, but they are still in my little pack if that makes any sense.

    • derpmaster

      I just read thru their website. It’s 110% pure BS. They even got some Dr. Handsome MD dude to blather about “structured” water on their “about” page. Typical snake oil strategies at play here.

      This is just standard bottled water. It’s probably not even RO filtered.

      • Swarf

        You know what else contains trace minerals and “triggers the body’s hydration process”?

        Tap water.

        • derpmaster

          My point exactly. For those too lazy to google, “structured” water is a 25+ years old homeopathic scam.

        • Edeco

          I guess but if I could afford to avoid it I wouldn’t even shower in that stuff. I say this as a person with an un-superstitious, un-hysterical attitude toward lead, mercury and cadmium.

          • Swarf

            Unless you live in a third world country like Flint, MI I am doubting your un-ness.

      • Joseph Goins

        Hey hey hey. Travis Haley endorsed the product so it’s all good.

    • Bill

      I was still under the influence of a general anesthetic after some recent surgery when I asked one of the recovery room nurses what would happen if I drank a bag of normal saline. I don’t remember the answer, probably just a stare.

      • Swarf

        I’ve received very different answers to that question, ranging from: it will make you crap your pants almost immediately to guys in the field do it all the time, it’s better than Gatorade.

  • Anonymoose

    Survival on Christmas…how fitting since I just found out my mother has esophageal cancer. I’m sure we can beat it though.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Sorry to hear that.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Im looking forward to the extra glock finger groves. Gonna put them on mah glock 26.

  • Henry Reed

    They should rename this site the Prepper Blog. More often than not I see articles that have nothing to do with firearms and everything to do with getting ready for when the zombies come like this is the Jim Bakker show or something.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      First of all, these are common sense items that have nothing to do with zombies or SHTF.

      Second, the only two post that even come close to prepping have been mine.

      If you are a shooter, you should have a trauma kit and know how to use it. Direct correlation to firearms.

      • Henry Reed

        I’m talking about TFB posts in general. Apparently we’re about to enter a post-apocalyptic wasteland and I need to pay up!

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          I went back a month. Nothing zombie or prepping related. You must be thinking of a different blog.

  • Major Tom

    What no survival handbooks? No water distilling and purification kits? (Or handbooks on how to distill water?)

    As they say in the desert (and same goes for the mountain), water is life. Without it, you die. With knowledge of distillation methods, boiling, filtration and containment you can make or recycle water from any source safely and effectively.

    You can go without food a while, not a lot of people survive more than 3 days without water.

    • iksnilol

      Not a lot of folks survive bleedin’ outta an appendage for 3 minutes. I’d say different priorities.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I’ve used purification tablets and the lifestraws hiking in S Africa…. tablets suck, the straw is awesome and immediately useable. Nothing sucks more than being all around water and having to wait 30 minutes to drink it.

  • Joseph Goins

    ORAL IV is a scam. It is nothing more than distilled water.

  • Gary Kirk

    Important note on all this stuff, remember to check your expiration dates, and replace things as needed