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Think of the fanny pack, the messenger bag, or any other small backpack that can carry your daily needs.
A simple space blanket or Bivy Sack will protect you from the wind and cold and could very well save your life when it is frigid outside. If you are putting your own kit together then first figure your needs, and how big of a kit you can include in your bag. In an Altoids tin you can put several Band-Aids, a couple of antiseptic wipes, a few pills such as Tylenol, and still have a little room to spare.
Headlamps are also a good choice and come in very handy when you need your hands free to work on something in the dark.
I like to carry both a surival knife and a multitool because some jobs need a bigger blade and others just need the tools. Of all the contents in a well stocked first aid kit, nothing is more frightening or misunderstood than the tourniquet. There’s an unwritten rule, well actually it’s been written all over the place, but it is not in stone, and the rule is that 30 seconds won’t kill you. A tourniquet is not a perfect solution, but it is a much better option in reality than much of the hearsay you hear and people say.
The design of tourniquets has evolved rapidly over the past few years so if you haven’t taken a close look at modern tourniquets lately, it’s time.
Of the three, the SOFTT is probably the most self-explanatory, strongest, and most (or equally) intuitive.
The SOFTT strap is wide enough at a true one inch with a two inch sleeve providing the platform for the windlass and clap. As a crude device, the TQ will be placed under considerable load and stress far beyond what usual medical devices are subjected to.
The best TQ is the one you have, and if you ask three different people, you will likely get three different preferred tourniquets. Use direct and indirect pressure on the wound to slow the blood flow while you locate and prepare your TQ. With the strap fully looped around the appendage, remove all the slack since the windlass only shortens the strap a couple more inches. In a nutshell the most common mistakes with tourniquet use are 1) using when unnecessary, 2) not making it tight enough, 3) waiting too long before using the TQ, and 4) failing to check up on the TQ’s effectiveness later.  Nerve and muscle damage are the traditional casualties of tourniquet use, and the reason for the large amount of misinformation surrounding the effects of their use.
If you have a question, comment, there’s a problem with the site, or you just want to say Hi, Send Us an Email. Subscribe to the FREE Survival Cache Newsletter and we'll send you a monthly email with new gear reviews, site news, survival tips, and more. There are 5 Basic Outdoor Survival Skills that everyone who ventures into the Outdoors should understand and be fully aware of their potential need and use.
FIRE can purify water, cook food, signal rescuers, provide warmth, light and comfort, help keep predators at a distance, and can be a most welcome friend and companion. SHELTER is the means by which you protect your body from excess exposure from the sun, cold, wind, rain or snow. SIGNALING is having available the means and ability to alert any and all potential rescuers that you are in need of HELP.
FIRST AID is not just the basic medical needs, it is the primary way in which you act to survive. The Department of Homeland Security is expanding its operations by running unannounced school lockdown drills, another sign of the federal agency’s encroachment into more areas of Americans’ lives.


Most of our readers carry an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) in their bug out bag or even their hiking backpack. A bug out bag is designed in theory to give you everything you may need to live for at least 72 hours outside of your home and should be considered as part of any comprehensive plan for disaster or true preparedness. Looking for a bug out bag checklist to make sure your bug out bag isn’t lacking anything critical?  Instead of another long written post about bug out bags, we thought we’d put one out there in pictorial form. These packs are just an inconspicuous day pack like everyone carries around in the city…the main difference for survivalists is ours have survival gear in them. There are several soft sided first aid kits available for purchase, or you can put your own kit together. Sure you can hold a flashlight in your teeth, but you will be much quicker and more efficient with a headlamp. The dimes, quarters, and half-dollars made in the USA before 1965  are 90% silver and should be very valuable if paper money loses its value.
And third, a tourniquet can easily be made out of many common items, but not when you are bleeding to death.  And bleeding to death on the battlefield is the most common preventable way of dying.
The utter simplicity of design and finality of use has created a culture of confusion around its application and long term effects.
After a massive increase in availability of tourniquets in the hot deserts proved to be a turning point in saving lives. A tourniquet is not a the first step towards an amputation, and nor is it something that demands constant attention. Much has changed and tourniquets are no longer a belt and stick, although that will work in a pinch (pun intended).  There are three main tourniquet designs today that should be considered by anyone with even the least bend towards preparedness. In fact, it is closest to traditional strap systems we use all over the place whether on backpacks, raft frames, or bike racks. In the case of the SOFTT, the windlass is 4.5 inches of machined and textured aluminum bar stock. But the biggest thing is to get one if you don’t have one, and make it obviously accessible such as on the outside of your BOB when you do have one. Much of the nerve and muscle damage has been traced to narrow-strap tourniquets rather than wide-strap SOFTT models. This is a just brief outline, not a full explanation of all the requirements and items required in each category. Each and every person who ventures into the Outdoors should have a minimum of two ways to start a fire with them, one on their person at all times and the other with their gear. Fire, flashing light, bright color markers, flags, mirrors, whistles all will help you be found.
Usually everyone tries to carry everything and anything they can think of for a multitude of situations.
In case you don’t know, a day bag (or pack) is a lightweight small pack that is taken with you wherever you go. Because it takes up the least room, the space blanket is a better fit for the butt pack, if that is your pack of choice.
Besides, you look silly with a flashlight in your mouth with drool dripping from your chin! Every EDC Bag that I have ever seen is constantly evolving though…they change and adopt to the needs of the owner. Although the purpose and general operation of the tourniquet has remained fairly constant over the years, advances in medical understanding as well as the proliferation of activities we engage in that might produce a wound in need of a tourniquet has caused a major evolution in tourniquet design and philosophy making a revisit of the device as necessary to anyone who considers himself prepared.
They go by nicknames or acronyms; the Special Operations Forces Tactical Tourniquet (SOFTT), the Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T), and the RATS or Rapid Application Tourniquet System.


Further, the SOFTT is easiest to put on to a leg when the vic is seated since it easily turns from loop to strap. The width successfully stops the blood flow with one wrap compared to thinner strap designs.
So much so that plastic or wooden windlasses have been known to break just when you need them the most. Clothing is the first line of shelter protection, have the right clothes for the right environment.
If enough blood is spilling that the 30 seconds is critical, then it’s probably game over no matter what you do.
There is much we know and much we don’t about tourniquets, but with just a little more knowledge above basic first aid, the tourniquet is a viable and effective tool that should be in everyone’s kit. However, I’d recommend storing the SOFTT with a the strap already looped through the clamp making a lasso large enough to fit over a boot.
The SOFTT uses a familiar buckle along with screw locking mechanism to assist or prevent unintentional loosening.
DO NOT PANIC, use your wits and practice all elements of the 5 Basics before you may need to rely on them.
Collect firewood you think you will need for the night and then collect the same amount again, experience shows you will need it. The most important element is to keep your brain functioning rationally, this is basic first aid for survival. Before jumping to a TQ solution, consider that the TQ must make sense to the person who will be applying it. Analyze your needs before every trip, create a medical checklist and carry a small personal kit with you at all times. With so many bags on the market, the task of finding the right bag for the right application can be daunting. We have been on the search for a bag that can serve multiple purposes.
Because those 30 seconds will go very fast and if you have to Mcgyver-up a tourniquet out of bailing wire and safety pins, then your patient hasn’t got much of a chance now does he? While it’s possible to thread the strap one handed, personally, I don’t want to burn up any of my 30 seconds preparing something I should have done when the sun was shining. Make a reflector from your SPACE BLANKET on the back wall of a shelter to reflect heat of your survival fire to your back, sit between fire and back shelter wall. Use EMERGENCY STROBE light at night to help attract attention from those that may be in the area. Most survival situations require only dressing for small cuts, bruises and personal medication needs, make sure you know what you have with you and how to use it. One that can be a bug out or get home bag, and also have the ability to tackle weekend fun. Practice building a quick lean-to shelter in case you can not find your campsite, do not wait until you need to make one.
Concentrate on being found, pack a picture of your family in with your gear to remind you of the reasons to remain calm and to survive. Use a SPACE BLANKET to prevent dampness or to insulate your shelter or to wrap yourself up in a sitting or squat position to concentrate your body core heat.



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