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This is a great topic, thank you for starting it!  Also, good job with the pics and the descriptions. As far as the tourniquet and shears, I put both of those on the outside: the shears just slide in some of the PALS webbing (and you can use dummy cord if you are worried about losing them) the TQ is rubber-banded.  It is pretty easy–just feed a rubberband under one of the PALS grids (so you have a loop coming out the top and the bottom).  Then you put the TQ over it and pull the top loop of the rubber band over the top of the TW.  Repeat for the bottom. I always carry meds in a hard box (like a Pelican) to keep protected from moisture and damage.  And totally appropriate to adjust to your needs.  This is always meant as a “best practice” for most people.  We are not dogmatic.  Modify to suit your conditions and needs.  And 100% agree on the Imodium. You should be able to find the alcohol in a small bottle already–I just use these and put the needle and thread inside: https://theprepared.com/pick/g-ifak-isopropyl-alcohol-pump-spray-2oz-amzn/ (though they can be harder to find right now because of COVID). The little single-serving eye drops are totally fine as a format–and you are right to watch the ingredients. Plastic wrap is super versatile and can be used for bandaging purposes, allowing for a see-through material that won’t stick to wounds (that is our main purpose for inclusion).  But it can be used for so many other things… The Aluminum Splint is always tricky, but yes, the key is folding it to fit the bag.  I put mine in the large pocket in the rear of the bag (for the Fox Tactical). Yeah, the bag tends to be a little tactical-ish with all of the webbing.  There are definitely other bags out there.  I mean, you can fit it all into a gallon-sized Ziploc if needed.  I’ve been experimenting with a couple of other bags lately, but they all seem to have that core look to them. Hopefully, this IFAK article gave you a good starting base and helped point out a few things that could be useful!


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This is a great topic, thank you for starting it!  Also, good job with the pics and the descriptions. As far as the tourniquet and shears, I put both of those on the outside: the shears just slide in some of the PALS webbing (and you can use dummy cord if you are worried about losing them) the TQ is rubber-banded.  It is pretty easy–just feed a rubberband under one of the PALS grids (so you have a loop coming out the top and the bottom).  Then you put the TQ over it and pull the top loop of the rubber band over the top of the TW.  Repeat for the bottom. I always carry meds in a hard box (like a Pelican) to keep protected from moisture and damage.  And totally appropriate to adjust to your needs.  This is always meant as a “best practice” for most people.  We are not dogmatic.  Modify to suit your conditions and needs.  And 100% agree on the Imodium. You should be able to find the alcohol in a small bottle already–I just use these and put the needle and thread inside: https://theprepared.com/pick/g-ifak-isopropyl-alcohol-pump-spray-2oz-amzn/ (though they can be harder to find right now because of COVID). The little single-serving eye drops are totally fine as a format–and you are right to watch the ingredients. Plastic wrap is super versatile and can be used for bandaging purposes, allowing for a see-through material that won’t stick to wounds (that is our main purpose for inclusion).  But it can be used for so many other things… The Aluminum Splint is always tricky, but yes, the key is folding it to fit the bag.  I put mine in the large pocket in the rear of the bag (for the Fox Tactical). Yeah, the bag tends to be a little tactical-ish with all of the webbing.  There are definitely other bags out there.  I mean, you can fit it all into a gallon-sized Ziploc if needed.  I’ve been experimenting with a couple of other bags lately, but they all seem to have that core look to them. Hopefully, this IFAK article gave you a good starting base and helped point out a few things that could be useful!


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