It may not look like it when you walk into my home office. It looks messy, but I know where everything is. I like to be organized, and with the Blackhawk Products new S.T.O.M.P. II Medical Pack, it makes it easy to find all the medical supplies one might need in an emergency. We’re taking a close look at the SEAL team Medic-inspired medical backpack today.
Ambulance Boxes Back In the Day
Back in the day, and we’re talking way back in the day when I worked on an ambulance, we had all of our medical gear stored inside of hard plastic boxes, similar to what an angler might have when they are out fishing. These boxes had lots of compartments, and it was easy to get to everything. However, a couple drawbacks were encountered, one being that hard plastic boxes would often break if dropped. Also, if dropped, a lot of your medical gear got out of place. Still, this setup was better than nothing, at that time.
Our Combat Medic Daughter Used Blackhawk Medic Bag
When our oldest daughter joined the US Army about six or seven years back, she became a combat medic. She liked it, too. However, when assigned to her first unit, the combat medics didn’t have anything to carry their medical gear in, other than cardboard boxes. This was totally unacceptable. We obtained a Blackhawk Products medic bag for her, and in short order some of the other combat medics purchased the same or similar medical bags from Blackhawk Products for their own use. For the life of me, I didn’t understand, and still don’t, how the US Army wasn’t supplying our medical personnel with anything other than cardboard boxes to haul their gear and supplies in. Our daughter used that older version, which is still in production, for her four-year enlistment. When she returned home, she gifted that medical backpack to me, fully stocked for our medical prepper supplies. It has served me well, and it still can.
New Blackhawk Products S.T.O.M.P. II Medical Backpack
When I received the new Blackhawk Products S.T.O.M.P. II medical backpack, I was more than a bit overwhelmed with the larger size of it, as compared to the bag I was using. With all the room it had inside for all your medical supplies and needs, it is about one-third bigger than the original medic backpack. This newer version was designed to US Navy SEAL team medic specifications. So, I knew it was going to be of the highest quality.
A few specs are worth noting. This backpack is equipped with adjustable shoulder straps, a sternum strap, and even a web belt, all provided for comfortable carry, even under a full load. With it, you can carry just about everything you’ll need on a combat mission in this backpack. From the Blackhawk website, here are some more specs:
- Constructed of 1000 denier nylon with reinforced stitching,
- Breathable closed cell foam padding,
- Accommodates two 100-oz hydration reservoirs – sold separately,
- High-quality YKK zippers with easy grip pull tabs,
- Webbing on the underside for accessory packs or medic/sleeping rolls,
- Two robust grab handles,
- Adjustable external compression straps accommodate various loadouts
- Metal grommet at bottom of pack for drainage
- Internal elastic stays and keepers
- External hook and loop strip
- Multiple small and medium pockets
- Drop pouches with rigging for jumps
- Several flat netted zipper pockets
- Includes S.T.O.M.P. Medical accessory pouches with red handles and S.T.O.M.P. Medical pack accessory pouch with blue handle for storing medical supplies.
- Dimensions 20”L x 13” wide x 6”D = 2470 cu in. However, the pack expands and can carry a lot more than you think it does.
One thing I really love about this medical bag is that, it can lay flat, and that makes it much easier to get to the supplies you need in a trauma situation. This is time saving. As stated, this is a heavy duty medical backpack, and it weighs about 9 lbs empty, so when you are packing it with your medical supplies, you’ll want to take this empty weight into consideration. My pack is slightly more than 35 lbs when fully loaded.
Spent Days to Get It Packed With Supplies Where I Wanted
At the onset, I said I like to be organized, and this is especially true when it comes to medical supplies. It took me two days to get everything packed inside this bag just where I wanted everything to go. Yep, you read that right; it took two days to get it packed. I packed, unpacked, moved supplies around, and repacked it a number of times. And, I’m still not entirely happy with where some of the supplies are packed. Then, I did a little more unpacking. Now, repacking is in order one of these days.
Don’t Want Medical Gear Getting Wet
Just about everything in my pack is stored in ***Ziploc waterproof plastic bags***amazon.com/Becko-Plastic-necklet-accessories-Waterproof/dp/B07144WQWQ. You sure don’t want your medical gear and supplies getting wet. If that happens, it’s of no use to you or to the person you are trying to help.
Bartering My Medical Training
To be sure, I don’t go out playing doctor. This medical backpack is for survival purposes when the SHTF, and I plan on bartering my medical training for whatever we might need. Still, I wouldn’t turn an injured person away if they didn’t have anything to barter with.
I should also mention that I worked for my family doctor for a full year as his assistant– a physician’s assistant, if you will– long before there was such a thing or title. I got a full medical school education working for this man, and I replaced three nurses he was using. They couldn’t keep up with him. On average he would put in a 20-hour day and quite often longer days than that. He was a workaholic. After a year, I decided I couldn’t keep up with him either.
I owned my own medical clinic and had several doctors working for me there. So I had lots of hands-on experience in various medical emergencies.
More on the S.T.O.M.P. II Medical Backpack
The S.T.O.M.P. II medical backpack has several compression straps, for pulling everything high and tight when you close it up, as well as the various zippers. One thing it doesn’t have are MOLLE straps on the outside, like my older medic backpack. At first, I was a little disappointed, but I wasn’t about to second guess any Navy SEAL team who had a hand in designing this new pack. I don’t need any MOLLE straps on the outside of the bag. There is plenty of room on the inside for everything I might need.
Overwhelming To See All of the Storage Space Inside
It is a bit overwhelming, when you first open up this pack and see all the various storage space you have inside of it. We are talking elastic straps, lot of ‘em, and lots of pockets of various sizes. This is an ER in a bag. I’ve visited lots of ERs in my life, professionally and as a patient, and I’m here to tell you that when properly supplied this pack is better equipped than many small hospital ERs.
Jump Proof Padded Pouches
The two S.T.O.M.P. medical pack accessory pouches are great for storing injectable medications. They are padded, making them jump proof. One word of advice is that you should take your medical backpack out at least once a month and go through it. If you don’t, you’ll forget when you packed some medical supplies.
Second Medic Backpack
So, what did I do with my old medic backpack that my youngest daughter gave to me? I’m in the process of restocking it with medical supplies. We’ll have a second medic backpack for another trained first responder or even a doctor to use.
Have Medical Training
If you are a prepper, I certainly hope and pray that you have some kind of medical training. A basic Red Cross first aid course is a good start, and then obtain other training. At the very least, you can get EMT certified. No matter how well planned you are, sooner or later someone in your group or family will need some type of medical care. You need the training and to have the right equipment and gear to tend to injured people in your group. Just look at recent hurricanes we’ve had the past couple of years. Hospitals were without medical supplies or had limited access to medical supplies. That’s not a good thing to happen. Some hospitals simply closed their doors because they didn’t have the means to treat injured people. You want to at least be able to render medical help to those in your group, if need be. The Blackhawk S.T.O.M.P. II Medical bag is a great way to store all your medical gear and equipment.
The full retail purchase price on this bag from Blackhawk is $349.99. Yep, that’s a lot of money, but this is the best medic bag on the market, if you ask me, and you can supply it with whatever you think you’ll need. Check out the Blackhawk website. You’ll see this bag comes in three different colors, too.