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5 Great First-Aid Items for EDC

5 Great First-Aid Items for EDC

1. Robust versatility and rapid access is what the 5.11 Tactical 3.6 Med Kit offers, as this piece of gear integrates easily with the company’s popular SlickStick and standard MOLLE web platforms—allowing the freedom to customize your kit for any situation while keeping it close at hand. The padded interior contains first-aid-specific internal pockets, including secure tourniquet storage. A hot pull-tab grants instantaneous, one-handed access. MSRP: $29.99 511tactical.com

2. Designed for the treatment of entry/exit or multiple penetration wounds, the HyFin Vent Chest Seal Twin Pack boasts 25 percent smaller packaging and features three valves to release pressure. Advanced adhesive gel provides uncompromising adhesion regardless of body hair or sweat. A large red tab offers single-step, peel-and-apply application. MSRP: $11.99 narescue.com

3. Featuring a solid, vulcanized-rubber core, a nylon exterior and an innovative locking mechanism, the Rapid Application Tourniquet (R.A.T.S.) is quick to administer on yourself or others when time is of the essence. Best of all, It wraps into a small package for carry in a kit or pocket. Colors include black, high-vis orange and red. MSRP: $16.95 ratsmedical.com

4. Vacuum-sealed in compact Z-folded packaging and an easy-tear pouch for rapid access, QuikClot Combat Gauze is impregnated with Kaolin, which works on contact with blood to immediately initiate the clotting process. A newly added radiopaque marker allows for easy detection by an X-ray. MSRP: $46.68 tacmedsolutions.com

5. Life-threatening en-counters may occur in pre-dawn hours and low-light conditions, and SureFire Minimus Variable-Output LED Headlamp promotes hands-free illumination with a wide, diffuse beam capable of producing up to 300 lumens. At its lowest setting, the solid-state LED is designed to fit your field-of-vision and has a runtime of 50 hours on a single 123A battery, while its output dial permits continuous one-handed adjustment, even with gloved hands. MSRP: $199 surefire.com

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