Surviveware Large First Aid Kit for Extended Camping Trips – Review

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Today I’m taking a look at a first aid kit from a company called Surviveware; this is a 200 piece kit which costs $100. While it’s got some benefits, this kit still costs $100 and I’m curious what you think about it.

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ComUnSas says:

Grouping and labeling kit contents isn’t new. UK-produced Gregsons First Aid Kits did that decades back. A good idea impo but they were bulky.

Chris Byrum says:

I think it’s way too much money for what it all looks good butt 100$ is allot for me to spend

Stev Daws says:

Looks great!

Andrew Boone says:

Some moleskin and/or other blister treatment method would be nice, especially if you’ll be using it in your base camp or in your backpack (for the small kit). They do have a wide variety of categories covered but $100 seems a bit high for an organised pouch (which is really what you’re paying for here). Still, I’ve seen much worse. The main thing that would annoy me is that after spending the $100 you’d still have to go out and spend even more money to fill in the gaps. Nothing is perfect, but for that money there shouldn’t be a lot of obvious gaps. Nice review though. Keep up the great work and Happy New Year to you and yours!

sawdust 69 says:

that company gets it

Saber Max says:

Seems to have a lot of the basics covered, some helpful instructions and great organization. This kit would be good to keep in your vehicle, at the cabin, car camping, base camp while hunting & maybe even canoe/kayak camping. If a person is looking for a good basic kit that they can then personalize, I see nothing wrong with this kit. There seems to have been a lot of thought into providing multiple carry options and well organized interior. I am on the fence about the price. It’s just that most of the stuff in the kit is relatively inexpensive and easy to acquire so if you have any sort of kit now you probably already have some if not most of these items. If this is the case for you then it comes down to cost.. are the items included (that you don’t already have) and the pouch worth $100? I would have liked to see a tourniquet, moldable splint, ZipStitch type laceration kit and clotting sponge & gauze included even at the expense of items already included but easily replaced.

Pat Wilkinson says:

Looks like a great kit for a back pack for rescue personnel, but for a back packing trip seems a bit much, unless your extremely accident prone, by the way, cool Jacket, can’t wait to see the review on that.

J Ram says:

It would be a great kit for a Boy Scout Troop (Troop kit), portable enough that you could actually take the entire thing with you on a hike (it’s not THAT heavy). The labeling is useful because you never know who is going to open the kit to use (may not be the Quartermaster or Scoutmaster) and the person may not be familiar with the kit. Toss in a tourniquet, Tylenol and some Imodium (for trail stomach) and it would be good to go for the Troop. We also keep a small amount of fire starting materials (mini-lighter, waterproof matches, pre-made tinder starters, fuel tabs) and water purification pills in our first aid bag so we would add that as well . If they knocked $25 bucks off it, I’d buy it for our Troop.

Daniel Dreyer says:

first aid kit for hunting..??? and am not gonna shoot someone but if you gonna help someone hows acsedentaly shot him self in the foot.? can you help him with bandeid and guase?? sorry for may bad english i am norwegian…

Alfred Staude says:

Hello, in my opinion – this kit is great. Thanks for the discription. Best regards, ALF

Danny Baker says:

Great review.

LeatherTramp Expeditions says:

I would like to have seen an air splint, waterproof matches to go with the emergency blanket, and things like that instead of two triangular bandages. Why, unless it’s triage, but for the most part, I think there are too many doubles. A first aid kit is automatically restocked immediately after use. This kit would not be for this kid. Great review though.

Michael Shannon says:

Need stitching gear rats tourniquets ace bandages good sissors and some surgery tools bandaids wound stop ect even a knee brace heavy, yes , real life needs yes add burn afterbite and wound cleaning supplies pain headache meds

michael cooper says:

THAT first aid kit is bad if seen better i thing im going to buy from some where els that has whot i need for my trip aronde the world

Artie Rodriguez says:

Great review and great first aid kit. I’m not convinced that it is worth $100; I’d price it more at $70-$80 tops. Like you mentioned it has some critical items missing, but it is a first aid kit and not an IFAK. The organization of the bag certainly increases the value of the kit, but I don’t think it is worth the additional $20-30 more from what I believe the kit should sell for. I think this is for someone with $$$ and wants a no hassle first aid kit and isn’t concerned with dropping more $$ to make it a complete kit. I’d buy it for under $80, but I would pay $20-30 for that organizational bag alone. I’d like to see the bag empty available to buy and build it up myself.
Luke let me know when you are gonna film in South Florida and wouldn’t mind tackling an out of shape newbie to show your viewers what not to do. 😉

Jim Middleton says:

That is a decent kit and the layout is well done. I think it would be a good kit for a starter kit. That being said, if the carrier has any medical training there really not enough room to add 1/3 of what I would carry. Whatever anyone carries they should always take the kit out now and then, not only to replace any items that expire but refresh your memory with the location of items.

Jake Berg says:

The labeling is a simple yet genius idea. The lack of a tourniquet and the price are off putting

Paul Reape says:

Yes, I have one of there $30 kit. Very nice….

John Sayles says:

I’m very impressed with it. I would add a CAT tourniquet and they run about $30.

Danny Seegraves says:

Great video. Like the bag a lot needs better zippers. Stressful situation do not want to have the worry of them breaking or getting stuck. The down side for the price the materials inside look low grade and can be found cheaply and in higher counts. By the look has 40 bucks worth of material inside. could have lots more for less. they should upgrade the bag could go for 50 to 60 dollars by itself if issues were fixed. the internals and the bag are not worth 100$ in its present condition. good start just need improved.

Rose Ciulla says:

First impressions, too expensive. In my medical kits I want trauma items like you mentioned, a tourniquet, hello!!! Blood stop, maybe a chest seal for that price. the compressed gauze was good and wraps seemed good quality. They gave a ton of crap bandaids, look like Walmart quality, I saw no 3 M steri strips.3 M tape. Rubber seal bandaids that actually stay on and are waterproof…that sort of thing. Masks???
I buy the good stuff for my medical kits, and they are cheap enough per box on Amazon. If I just bought that, it would cost me double to get those things I really need often.
Most of the other stuff I can pick up at the dollar store.
And no essential medications! Wow.
Yes, great job at labeling pockets, but is that worth 100 dollars, hmmm. Just asking. I could use a label maker, or tape on my own categories with cloth tape and a sharpie. The bag itself looks ok.

Just looked online and I urge you to look into the Adventure Medical Kits, Grizzly First Aid and Trauma kit for $99.00 and just see the insane amount of essential medical supplies, medications and tools this includes…A CAT T, SAM splint, Blood Clot sponge, to name a few, and a detachable Hunting Field Trauma Kit, all waterproof. and also includes a $16.00 manual.

From the description on Amazon………
Whether you’re a commercial or recreational hunter or fishermen, the Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Series Grizzly First Aid Kit is a necessity to bring along on trips up to 14 days long. This medical kit contains supplies to treat the most common injuries including: penetration wounds from bullets or arrows, fish hook removal, splinting fractures, and severe bleeding. It also includes a removable and waterproof Field Trauma Pak that contains QuikClot, a Swat-T tourniquet, and a host of other supplies to take care of any injuries you sustain in the field. When you’re tens of miles away from civilization, this kit provides you with the tools to handle a wide variety of issues–medical and otherwise–when you’re far away from the comfort of home.

Features & details

This kit includes sterile bandage materials, wound care, blister/burn care, CPR face shield, fracture/sprain care, common medications, and essential tools, all contained in a high-visibility kit.Designed for adventurous hunters and fishermen, the Grizzly contains supplies to treat the most common injuries in the field.CPR Mask for protected mouth-to-mouth resuscitationProvide hospital-quality care for groups of up to 14 people on trips up to two weeks with this first aid kit suited for boat, basecamp, or backpack duty.Housed in a bright orange case with a removable waterproof Field Trauma Pak for trips away from camp, use the kit to treat penetration wounds from bullets or arrows, remove fish hooks, splint fractures, and stop severe bleeding with QuikClot, self-adhering elastic bandage, and trauma pads, all from secure see-through compartments to quickly gather the supplies you need.Included $16 field manual: “Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine”, with 43 first aid categories and 160 subcategories including “Weiss Advice” improvised techniques, “When to Worry” tips on recognizing life-threatening conditions, 97 illustrations and information on how to use your Adventure Medical Kit.

Product information Grizzly

Product Dimensions0 x 0 x 0.1 inchesItem Weight2.4 poundsShipping Weight2.4 pounds

Indications :First aid for a group of 1-14 people for 1-14 days. Ideally used for expeditions/adventure travel, hunting/fishing, and off roading.

Ingredients :(9) Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1″ x 3″, (7) Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle, (2) Bandage, Conforming Gauze, 3″, (1) Bandage, Elastic, Self-Adhering, 2″, (3) Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2″ x 2″, Pkg./2, (3) Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4″ x 4″, Pkg./2, (2) Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterile, 3″ x 4″, (1) Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), (1) Syringe, Irrigation, 20 cc, 18 Gauge Tip, (1) Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (14 pieces), (1) Instructions, Easy Care CPR, (1) Duct Tape, 2″ x 50″, (1) C-Splint, 4″ x 36″, (1) Cohesive Elastic Bandage, 2″, (1) Bandage, Elastic with Velcro, 3″, (2) Bandage, Triangular, (1) Instructions, Easy Care Fracture & Sprain, (1) Comp. Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine, (3) Thermometer, Disposable, (4) After Bite Wipe (Ammonia), (4) Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg), (2) Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2, (4) Diamode (Loperamide HCI 2 mg), Pkg./1, (5) Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2, (1) Instructions, Easy Care Medications, (8) Antiseptic Wipe (Benzalkonium Chloride), (1) Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2, (1) Instructions, Easy Care Wound, (2) Skin Tac Topical Adhesive Wipes (Isopropyl Alcohol), (1) Syringe, Irrigation, 20 cc, 18 Gauge Tip, (1) Tape, 1″ x 10 Yards, (4) Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use (Bacitracin Zinc, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B Sulfate), (1) Wound Closure Strips, 1/4″ x 4″, Pkg./10, (1) Register Your Kit card, (2) Orange 2″ x 2″ Biohazard Label, (2) 5″ x 8″ Ziplock Baggie, (1) Povidone Iodine 3/4 oz., (3) Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4″ x 4″, Pkg./2, (2) Gloves, Nitrile (Pair)1 – Instructions, Easy Care Bleeding, (1) QuikClot Sport 25g (Zeolite), (1) Trauma Pad, 5″ x 9″, (1) Trauma Pad, 8″ x 10″, (1) Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (14 pieces), (1) CPR Face Shield, (1) EMT Shears, 4″, (3) Safety Pins, (1) Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps, (1) Pencil, (1) Accident Report Form, (1) Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2, (2) Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2, (4) Antiseptic Wipe (Benzalkonium Chloride), (1) Dressing, Petrolatum, 3″ x 3″, (1) Swat-T Tourniquet, (1) Orange 2″ x 2″ Biohazard Label, (1) 5″ x 8″ Ziplock Baggie

Jedi-Wig_Splitta says:

It’s way over priced it should be 50 bucks for that amount

lexington476 says:

Do you have any videos on building your own first aid kit? Want to see how my first aid kits compare for sports, home, and the car.

TheOutdoorGearReview says:

I’m gearing up for another overnight adventure….
can someone do an anti-rain dance to make it stop raining for a few days?
– Luke

Ence Surf says:

Think better off spending $100 € or £ on a first aid class

- Samuel - says:

Better off getting industry quality stuff and making your own kit for $100, it would be at least 5x better.

Alberta Bushcrafter says:

Very nice kit, Luke, but I also agree with your DIY recommendation. My own DIY kit has everything that kit has and more (like tick removal, meds, a venom extractor, a tourniquet, and a CPR mask), but it’s split across two rip-away MOLLE pouches so the rip-away feature of that one big bag is great. And the detailed labeling on that kit is a great idea – I haven’t seen that in a FAK since my aunt brought back a German kit she got with her Audi over 30 years ago. As for a tick removal tool, I recommend the Sawyer tick pliers for about $8 on Amazon, as they work very well and have a great little information insert as well.

chops752 says:

you can get a fully stocked ems bag for 19 dollars more and has better stuff. but that bag it comes in is really nice

simontgreat says:

Amp-3 makes very detailed kits like this that are highly organized, among other survival etc. products, but are very different in price

Nathaniel Millett says:

I like it. Not something I’ll be packing into my 70L pack but if I had the space the extras won me over. What’s the total value of all the gauges and bandages minus the sack?

Chef HitsDaFan says:

Great kit to start.

Kaylynn Strain says:

I would have expected a tourniquet, I’d add that plus meds and a tick removal tool with bite/sting relieve swabs. I also put a small sewing kit in my trauma kit I put together myself

Joe Carson says:

where’s the tourniquet and trauma pouches, glorified boo boo kit. make your own!

bc5766 says:

Pretty bulky for carrying around. Maybe ok for a car or home but it lacks legit trauma supplies. Certainly well organized. IMHO, most people can build a med kit themselves based on their level of training cheaper than anything commercially available. For example, that pouch is the most $ part of that kit. The rest is cheap, and if you dont know how to use it then…? If you arent well trained, go to your local hospital and take a CPR and bleeding control class. Alot of times they are free. Watch videos and google stuff if you dont have time to take a higher level course. Kit is nothing without knowledge. Id rather have somebody who knows their shit and has no kit than somebody with the armageddon starter pack and no idea what to do with it. As always, great vid brother.

Larry Norris says:

you can use a triangle bandage to make a tourniquet in a pinch. I would recommend a First Aid Course & Wilderness First Aid Course so that you have more knowledge to use the items provided in the kit. Does allow for one to add their own additional items to make it appropriate for the person providing aid to others. After I took both courses, I reviewed my own kits, added items and upgraded items to better ones that came in the kit I had. Now I have a good kit, good knowledge and also have extra items for replenishing my main kit too

Michael McConnell says:

Could probably include Kwik clot for major cuts from say an axe or a saw or a bad fall onto something sharp…

Michael Shannon says:

Better to buy a real ems bag load it up with real gear

Magnifigoat says:

Great kit it but found one with 90 percent of the same content at costco for 35 bucks Canadian… Big dollar difference for sure. Great content Luke and keep the videos comin…

Robert Goodman says:

Hi Luke, I asked my twin brother, who has been an emergency medical doctor for about the past 20-years and a private Emergency Medical Technician with a local ambulance company and then a Paramedic with a major police department for about 11 or so years before becoming a doctor, for feedback about this kit and here is a summary of what he wrote:

This kit is for the proverbial weekend warrior or someone who wants a more equipped basic first aid kit. Its probably plenty for the average person, certainly well stocked. He also advised that people take basic first aid classes including CPR, “stop the bleed,” and other similar courses (and I’ll add taking courses in wilderness care concerns) that would teach how to use each of the items and their instructions in this kit in the environment that a person plans to use it (e.g. hiking, backpacking, boating, around the office and home, etc.). You brought up that the kit didn’t include a tourniquet. When I asked my twin brother about the kit not including a tourniquet, he noted as an emergency medical professional that a tourniquet is probably a little advanced for the average person. His concerns about tourniquets are that they are easy to apply incorrectly and be more of a hindrance (even a danger) more than a help as people need to know how to use them correctly (e.g. there are risks in misusing them, how tight to make it, when to release it, and how long to keep it on for, etc.). He commented that he recently had a patient come in with a tourniquet that the police didn’t apply properly, which he considered fortunate for the patient or something bad could have happened to the patient’s leg.

In summary, an emergency medical doctor with 30-plus years of experience thinks it’s a well stocked kit, but that it’s even more important to take all the necessary first aid training one can so one is prepared when — G-d forbid — the need arises to use any of the kit’s contents.

Joseph Maschak says:

It’s a nice basic kit for someone who isn’t going to putting the time and training for anything more then simple first aid. Keep it within a couple hundred yards and you are good for 99% of most problems. While the kit certainly doesn’t have $100 worth the supplies, what it does have is worth more then that if you need it and don’t have it..

Lost In The Woods says:

That thing is huge. Truth be told, really large kits typically are kind of expensive. We have something similar for scout camping, and it was about the same price. For personal camping/backpacking, I would never take anything that large or heavy. I do like the organization, but unless you are expecting to triage a group of people, that kit is likely a little bit of overkill.

Mark Jacob says:

There is new medical advances now to plug up bullet wounds and all to stop excessive bleeding on major wounds the military is using..why not add the most advanced medical supplies to these, maybe blood expanders,etc..

Franofphl says:

I’d buy it. Just add a tourniquet and some meds. I like that it’s labeled.

lostagain says:

I’d say it’s a great kit if you’re a combat medic. For the average hiker I don’t see it’s use. Even in the car, unless you’re a medical professional, there’s way to much to stuff in this. And I’d disagree with the tourniquet inclusion. If you don’t know how to use one you can do serious damage. That of course applies to anything in the kit, as you said. I did like the small kit though. Add some meds, a tick key and a pair of tweezers and it would suffice for a day/ weekend FAK. Nice overview of a useful kit.

Sean Prosser says:

It’s a nice overall starter kit as a beginning of a medical bag.
You’re correct Luke, in that it needs to be fleshed out and personalized a bit with meds, and some items that i would add that others may not, based on my skill and training.
Regarding your comment about it needing a TQ, the second pressure bandage you pulled out is actually an Israili Bandage. That are used to control hemorrhage in a primary care situation and do so VERY effectively once you learn how to use them. I was pleasantly surprised to see one included in the kit, and overall, for $100, I think it’s a really good base kit, and worth the money.
The compartmentalized design, tear away design of the pouch, and inclusion of the Israeli Bandage make me think it was put together by someone in the military.

William Looney says:

Great kit for the casual outdoors person especially those with a family. For the hardcore outdoors person they probably have built their own. A busy parent that doesn’t have all the time in the world (Like me an OTR truck driver) to build it themselves this one is perfect! I’ll be adding one of these to my truck. Beats the one I got from Dollar General a while back 😉

Joey Kerr says:

Not bad, it would be nice to have the major trauma stuff added though. I’d like to get a medium sized version that is as organized as that. Maybe a fold out drop pouch or something like I already have. Not much in it though. I need to take a class to know what I truly need and how to use it.

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