first published on June 18, 2020 by Josh Brooks[mashshare]
One of the longest running problems in the every day carry space is figuring out a way to carry your medical gear. Rapid Medical has just released their new Every Day Carry Kit, and it may be one of the best solutions currently on the market for solving this EDC medical gear problem.
I’ve tried a lot of EDC med pouches in my day. Most of them have been great. The one major drawback to most however, is the lack of a true dedicated pouch. In this article, I’m going to tell you why I believe this new EDC kit could change the game.
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EDC culture is one of self-reliance, and self-preparedness. Anyone who is in this space already, knows that the gear you carry is important not only for your safety, but the safety of others around you. When it comes to every day carry, items like compact pistols, flashlights, tactical pens, and pocket knives are incredibly important. Every tool in your pocket has a job, and for every job you have a tool.
One of the most commonly overlooked jobs is saving lives though. Often, people in the every day carry world are fully prepared to defend themselves. While they prepare to defend themselves and others though, they should also be preparing to save others and themselves too. So why don’t they?
One of the primary arguments against carrying life-saving equipment is bulk. Another is expensive training. In my opinion, these are both excuses. Medical training is very easy to come by in today’s world. It’s also not incredibly expensive. There are also many options available in the EDC world for individuals to get themselves easy to carry and conceal medical equipment.
In today’s world, there is no longer an excuse not to carry some level of medical equipment on you. At the bare minimum, you should have a tourniquet of some kind. I personally carry a small medical kit with me everywhere I go. Inside of my truck, I have another two full-blown medical kits.
The Rapid Medical Every Day Carry Kit is designed as an all-purpose solution to general trauma-care. It is a tiny water-proof pouch that comes complete with everything you need to treat one traumatic injury. The pouch, and gear inside, are completely TSA compliant, meaning that it’s one more piece of gear that you can carry with you while you travel. On top of this, the pouch itself closes via two zippers that are operated with two small chords with a rubberized pull-tab.
You can find out more information about the pouch specifics, and contents in the section below. You can find the pouch itself by following this link.
You should never pick-up a medical kit that doesn’t fully list its contents. You should always question what you are getting with your money, and be wary of making large purchases on webpages like Amazon and eBay where un-reputable sellers tend to thrive. If you want a better list of things to look for in your medical kits, there’s a great guide that we put together here.
Let’s talk about the real meat here. If this is an EDC item, it has to be easy to carry and conceal. It also has to be great at its job. Does it meet those expectations? I think so.
The pouch itself is very small. For reference, if you have an iPhone X, the dimensions for that phone are about the same as the pouch. The pouch itself is somewhere between two and three inches thick, depending if you have added any extra medical gear to it yourself. Also, the pouch gets huge bonus points for easily attaching to any belt with the molle back-straps.
In my opinion, the Rapid Medical EDC kit is in the golden zone for size. It’s not too big that you can’t conceal it, and it’s not too small that you can’t carry or modify its contents easily. If you’re an avid wearer of cargo pants, you’ll also be happy to know that this item fits perfectly in your cargo pocket.
As far as the contents of the pouch goes, you’re getting a lot of value. One tourniquet is included, as well as a chest seal, compressed gauze, and a pair of nitrite gloves. On top of this, you can easily fit a quick-clot or nu-stat gauze package into the kit without compromising the zippers. I’d wager that you could also change out or easily double up your tourniquet count as well, without causing any extra stress to the pouch.
If you’re an EDC aficionado, the pouch alone is worth the $39.95 price of entry. All by itself, you’re getting a decently sized pouch with organizational slots that is completely waterproof and modular. Add onto that the fact that you’re getting a tourniquet, compressed gauze, chest seal, and a pair of nitrite gloves, and you’ve got yourself a no-brainer. This one piece of kit completely eliminates the excuse of medical gear being too bulky to carry. You are the individual who has to go out and eliminate the lack of training however.
That’s just the opinion of one reviewer though. We’ve seen a lot of really great EDC medical pouches come to the market in 2020. Let us know down in the comments what you carry with you every single day to keep yourself prepared for any medical emergency. If you don’t carry medical gear at all, we want to know what your reasoning behind that is as well. Together, there isn’t anything we can’t figure out as a group.