I'm going back to school to become a paramedic starting at the end of this month. It is something I have wanted to do for a very long time but have always pushed it aside. Maybe through fear of failure, or just laziness. Either way no more, I am going to do what I want to do, and what I feel passionate about.
That said it should come as no surprise that I feel everyone should have a blow out bag aka IFAK somewhere close by at all times. There are a lot of great kits and pouches on the market these days. But for someone who might feel bad about spending $65 plus on a pouch, here is a low budget pouch that can hold pretty much all the necessary items and only cost around $15 retail.
So here is the front view of the Voodoo Medic pouch. As you can see I have added a couple things. I have a pair of trauma shears in the molle on the front. Also I have a Milspec Monkey velcro patch panel on there as well. Also the Milspec Monkey tactical medic patch in ACU Dark color scheme.
Here are a couple size comparison shots with my old Klean Kanteen. As you can see the pouch is not very large, aprox. 8" tall, 6" wide and 4" deep.
The pouch open and laid out, full of it's contents. I have most everything you need in it at the moment. Only thing missing is a good tourniquet, and chest seals. Though all the plastic bags in there can be used as chest seals.
The bag is not the heaviest material, maybe 500D nylon. But for an everyday, throw it in your pack, or glove box pouch. It works well. I have not had any issues with it and I have been carrying it for about 3 months. I did cut the elastic that went between both sides of the pouch when open. It hindered the opening far too much. I want to do my own system that will keep it half way open when on a vest or plate carrier. But that can also be laid flat if need be. If I figure it out I will edit this post and show you.