Is it March already? What happened to February? In my defense I was working a lot (gotta fund the Jeep habit, you know…), so the shortest month of the year completely flew by and I realized it’s almost time for the March BattlBox, and I haven’t posted on February’s yet!
Well, the February BattlBox was an interesting one, inspired by the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. This kit is intended to be a small but robust medic kit that can be kept close at hand (carried when traveling, or kept in your rig) in order to hopefully save lives in a mass casualty scene. This subject is not a fun one to think about, but it’s one of the reasons we prepare. So, here’s what was in the February BattlBox:
Basic Mission 36
1 – North American Rescue 6” Trauma Dressing
2 – Battltac Tactical Molle Glove Dispenser with Nitrile Gloves (you could also repurpose this pouch as a tissue dispenser in your Jeep, especially if you have seat covers with Molle system)
3 – Tourniquet and Shear Pouch
4 – Battltac Trauma Shears (I’m actually using these in the kitchen as cooking shears because they’re super sharp and sturdy)
5 – Glowco LED Disposable Triage Light, 3-pack (can be easily seen in the dark)
Advanced Mission 36
Basic items, plus -
6 – Halo Chest Seals
7 – Rescue Litter (handles up to 400 pounds, could also be useful to haul an animal out of the back country when hunting)
Pro Mission 36
Basic and Advanced items, plus -
8 – Combat Medic Bag (includes a. Tactical Combat Casualty Cards (TCCC) Kit, b. Blood Type Patch Set, c. Med Tape, d. Triage Bands); this bag could double as a tactical diaper bag for you Mr. Moms out there!
Pro+ Mission 36
Basic, Advanced, and Pro items, plus -
9 – Fox Knives FX-213 (made of N690 steel, which is sharp as all get-out)
I think BattlBox did a good job providing a variety of useful items in this kit. Add in your regular first aid kit and you’ll be able to assist in a mass casualty scene if needed. Although hopefully that never happens… Keep in mind, though, if you put together a kit like this make sure you know how to use everything in it. Put your own safety first – being prepared with a bunch of stuff is meaningless unless you know how to use it properly.
Thanks for reading today, and stay safe.
by Dawn Gallegos
Dawn Gallegos is the founding editor of the Chicks On The Rocks blog. When she's not working to fund her Jeep habit she's thinking up new ways to inspire others to explore the great outdoors.