Police officers carry an individual first-aid kit, or IFAK, on patrol with them out of necessity. But it is a good idea for civilians to have their own kit handy.

A basic IFAK will have the tools needed to temporarily treat trauma from gunshot wounds, stabbings and other injuries until EMS can arrive. Depending on your need, an IFAK can contain a tourniquet, a hemostatic agent like QuikClot, an Israeli bandage, folded or rolled gauze and chest seals.

Here are some medical tools and carry options you should consider. These might save your life some day.

In the gallery above are five first-aid kits that are ideal lifesavers. For the rest of the list, please visit

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