IFAK Essentials

An IFAK is an Individual First Aid Kit designed to be carried on the person whether adventuring or just day to day. As with all gear, if it is very capable and comprehensive then it will be awkward and heavy; which means that you will find yourself leaving it at home and that’s exactly where it will be when you need it.


To prevent a waste of time and money, only consider essentials for an IFAK. Here is a list of items from an AMP-3 brand, large, civilian IFAK suited to being carried in a small bag or pack. Delete or add items to suit your environment and needs, but most importantly; design something that you will carry.


  • 4X4 Gauze Pads
  • 3X4 Non-Stick Pad
  • Abdominal Pad
  • Moleskin Pads
  • Alcohol Pads
  • Betadine Pads
  • Tincture Benzoin Ampule
  • Fabric Bandages
  • Butterfly Closures
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Duct Tape
  • Instant Glue


  • Irrigation Syringe
  • Tweezers
  • Hand Wipes
  • Safety Pins
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Folding Razor Knife
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Personal Medical Information Card


  • Ibuprofen
  • Ranitidine
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • 1% Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Acetaminophen
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Meclizine
  • Aspirin

See also our articles on the Israeli Bandage, the Tactical Torch, Best Multitools, and consider a 3M 9210 N95 Face Mask; just as useful for home DIY as for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. – Ian