So where is yours? ” Right here and always ready” is the only right answer here. I’ve seen a trend in the last few years of people actually using an Individual First Aid Kit more as a fashion accessory rather than a means of saving theirs or someone else’s life.

Time and time again I see people in class arriving with huge pouches or backpacks, bearing fancy patches indicating the supposed medical application of the contents, only to discover they are used as lunch boxes at most. A person spends $2000 on a gun, $2000 on fancy gear, uniforms and whatnot, but bleeds out to death when hit by a ricochet because he couldn’t find $5 for an Emergency bandage or $12 for a tourniquet. Oh the irony…

Well I don’t handle guns that much, do I still need to carry this with me?

This does not only apply to those who use firearms. A handy, compact and well thought through IFAK should be at your disposal always. How much do you actually value your life? Worldwide more people die each year in car and household accidents than firearms related violence. Airsoft players tell me they don’t see a reason for that excessive weight because there is no chance of sustaining a “military type wound” in what they are doing. Six years ago a friend of mine fell 4 stories down an unsecured lift-shaft while playing Airsoft. He sustained compound fractures of both legs, open arm fracture, 3 broken ribs, and a punctured lung causing a life threatening tension pneumothorax. Luckily for him, he had his IFAK on him.