So you finally pulled the trigger and purchased a quality medical kit for yourself and hopefully even got some training. At a minimum you should go take a First Aid & CPR Course, which is offered at many locations. You should go through your kit so that you know the layout of the contents, this way you are not fumbling around looking for an item during the emergency. You also need to familiarize yourself with the contents and have an extra set of items (at least an Israeli Bandage and Tourniquet) to practice with. If you have done all of that here are some tips that will make deploying your medical gear faster.
1. Remove the Israeli Bandage from outer packaging. The Israeli Bandage that we use in our kits (the original made in Israel) Is double sealed to keep the bandage sterile in tough environments. However this double wrapping will take extra time when you need to deploy it. Remove the outer packaging and store the Israeli in your kit in its inner clear wrapping.
2. The SWAT Tourniquet is a very versatile piece of equipment. It can be used as a tourniquet, pressure dressing, and even a makeshift sling. For those reasons we use this tourniquet in all of our comprehensive medical kits. However, in the event that you only have the ability to use one arm, removing the SWAT Tourniquet from its packaging could be difficult. We recommend storing the tourniquet out of its packaging for quick deployment. Tourniquets are not Sterile devices so removing it from its packaging will not be an issue. Just make sure the tourniquet is inside of a kit to ensure that it is not exposed to the sun/drying out the rubber-like material. On an even brighter note the SWAT Tourniquet smells like vanilla and will keep your kit smelling fresh! (Not kidding)