Street Medic Bag

Street Medic bag:

This list is divided into 3 sections: essentials, things most people will want to have in a complete kit (basics), and extras. People carry more or less from the third list depending on the specific action (is it raining or snowing? is it 100 degrees outside?), available space, and experience. Remember, an emergency situation is never the time nor place for your first experience with a new herb or medication. Give some thought to your bag itself (many people prefer shoulder bags since they allow quicker and easier access on the fly) and how it’s packed (for example, what should be packed on the outside or on the top for easiest access? what must be kept dry?).

The Essentials

Personal drinking water

Saline or water for eye/wound flushing (sport-top bottle)

Gloves (non-latex nitrile or plastic)

Gauze (sterile or clean 4x4s or 3x3s)


Tape (paper or plastic)


The Basics

Roller gauze

Bandage scissors (blunt tip, like trauma shears)

Alcohol or povidone iodine wipes

Povidone iodine (water-based gel) or antibiotic ointment

Rescue Remedy and/or whiteflower oil

Energy bars (if you plan to give them out, avoid peanuts and other allergens)

Candy ginger

Sugar (cake icing tube, glucose gel, or honey) for diabetics

Rehydration drink mix (e.g., dilute Gatorade, miso)

Suncreen (alcohol-based)

Tampons or pads

Notebook & marker

Duct tape

Safety pins

Paper and plastic bags

The Extras

CPR face shield or mask

Sam splint

Ace bandage

Vet wrap

Triangular bandage

Cloth sling

Mole skin (for blisters)


Tongue depressors (for finger splints)

Instant ice/heat pack

Tea tree oil or yarrow

Burn salve (like Ching Wan Hung)

Salve: Calendula, St. John’s wort

Topical arnica

Homeopathics (e.g., sulfur, apis)

Cough drops


Space blanket

Clean shirt in a sealed bag

Field guide


Matches or lighter



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