“Mom, you’re probably the only person ever who gets so excited about medical kits.”
That’s what my teenage daughter said when the new MyMedic MyFAK Large first aid kit arrived. I opened it up, took out all the contents, and told the family about what the various supplies are useful for. Maybe she’s got a point, but seriously, the right tools at the right time can make all the difference.
To me, medical kits are golden. Hopefully, I’ll never actually need to save a life with one, but on the chance that I do encounter that kind of situation, this medical kit is going to be the most precious asset I own.
Many of you readers are interested in gun stuff like self-defense, training, hunting, and the firearm industry at large. Did you know that statistically, you are much more likely to save lives with a medical kit than you are with a weapon? So, just as firearm and self-defense training is crucial for all of us, so is the ability to administer first aid.
Let’s get down to the review. First you should watch the product video to get a general overview of the MyMedic MyFAK (Large). After that, we’ll break the kit down into sections and explore the contents.
By the way, let’s get the acronym out of the way. FAK stands for First Aid Kit. Generally, kits similar to these are called IFAKs, or Individual First Aid Kit. MyMedic made it a little more personal, I think, by changing it to MyFAK. so when you get one, you’ll think of it as yours. It’s your kit to make a part of your everyday life, always prepared to handle a first aid situation.
Owning one of these and knowing how to use it can improve your peace of mind and the people you help will be glad you had it.
Let’s get to the review. We’ll start with the bag that contains it all, then we’ll move through the supplies. I’ve included the training videos that the folks at MyMedic made available so you can see how those products are used.
First off, the bag is constructed with a durable, water-resistant material, which is good because that means it’s likely to stand up to whatever outdoor adventures you take it on.
The front is covered with velcro and MOLLE panels so you can attach whatever you want to it, like other pouches or patches. The top of the bag is smartly designed for practical use.
Tear-Away Back Plate
This is a feature I didn’t realize was part of the bag until just recently. And, really, it’s brilliant.
For out-of-the-way storage, you can use the lacing straps or MOLLE PALS to secure the kit in the location of your choice (most likely in your vehicle). In the event of an emergency, you don’t’ have to waste precious moments undoing the strappings to get the MyFAK free. The kit is secured to the back plate with velcro, so just tear it away from the back plate and attend to the situation.
When you open the bag, it opens to lay completely flat so you can quickly find the items you need.
MyMedic MyFAK (Large) — What’s in the bag?
Let’s start with the two drop-out pouches.
I really gotta hand it to the designers of this bag. The fact that these pouches are attached by velcro shows the amount of consideration they put into it. Sometimes you don’t want or need to carry the whole kit. Just pull the pouch off, and go take care of your person.
Minor Flesh Wound Pouch
I’m not really sure what MyMedic calls these pouches, but that’s what makes sense to me. As you can see below, this first pouch has items that can help you take care of minor flesh wounds. Of course, the gloves can be handy for more impressive flesh wounds so remember where they are.
The Bandage Pack contains assorted bandages for cuts on jointy, bendy places like elbows, knuckles, knees, and fingertips. There are 12 bandages in each pack, so with the MyFAK large, you get 24 total.
The microMend Cut Kit is for lacerations that need to be pulled together a bit. Each pouch has two microMend devices, two gauze pads, 1 BZK towelette, and instructions on how to use them. Since you’re here already, go ahead and watch the video demonstration.
How slick is that? I’m thinking, “Heck, yeah!”
All kinds of things lead to a laceration that could be taken care of relatively stress-free with one of these microMend devices. At the very least, it’ll keep the laceration closed until you can get somewhere for further medical attention.
The Secure Strip Adhesive Wound Closures are surgical tape strips that can be used laterally across a wound to secure it closed
OTC Meds Pouch
Its amazing that so many useful supplies can be packed into this little pouch.
Inside the pouch you’ll find one large zip-bag containing six smaller zip-bags. Each of those smaller bags contains various meds for specific uses.
Dramamine and Aspirin
Hydrocortisone Cream and Triple Antibiotic Ointment
Ok, so let’s delve into this bag a little further. How do you know which one to use? The Super Sanitizer gel and the Sting Relief wipes should be fairly self explanatory. But what about the towelettes and prep pads?
They actually have quite different uses! The ammonia towelette is used as an inhalant. It stimulates respiration, treats dizziness and fainting, and wakes the unconscious. The BZK towelette, on the other hand, is a non-alcoholic sterilizing wipe to be used in any situation that requires no-sting skin sterilization.
As for the two kinds of prep pads, the Sterile Alcohol pad kills bacteria on the surface of the skin, so it’s used topically any time the skin needs to be sterilized. The Povidone-Iodine pad is an antiseptic preparatory pad used to wipe the skin before making an incision.
What else is in the Bag?
When you open the bag so that it lies flat, both sides are packed with awesome First Aid and emergency supplies.
Here’s the left side (depending on how you look at it, of course):
We’ll just unpack this side starting from the handle and moving in toward the center of the bag.
What is QuickClot Gauze? Watch this and see:
The next pocket has five types of gauze in a zipper bag.
The rest of the supplies in the left side of the bag:
The folks at MyMedic made this training video for the Rapid Tourniquet. If you order a kit, it’s probably a good idea to go through the training videos so that you and your family know how to use the supplies.
We’re not done. Here’s the right side!
The pockets and elastic bands in this bag are so intelligently placed. Take, for instance, the items in the picture below. With the instruments tucked into a zippered bag, all of these items are secure with a two-opening pocket and two straps over the top of that. Everything is secure and easy to find.
Look through the rest of these supplies.
Note: this MyMedic kit is supposed to have two finger splints in it. My kit is missing those, but MyMedic enclosed a note explaining that this is because of supply chain issues related to COVID-19. The note includes a gift card to cover the missing items.
This last picture has a tool in it that might scare you off. I mean, who wants to stick a tube up somebody’s nose, right?
The thing is, if you need to stick a tube up somebody’s nose to keep them breathing—you just do it. Watch the training video below so you’ll know how to do it if, heaven forbid, you have to someday.
Get Yourself a MyFAK
Get one for your kid’s truck. Get one for your Mom and Dad. Seriously, everyone should have access to a First Aid kit. You never know when you might need it, and you don’t want to find yourself wishing you’d have gotten around to it before you needed it.
The kit in this review is the MyFAK Large, but MyMedic offers several different kits, medpacks, PPE and other supplies.