The only thing worse than getting injured on the battlefield is being attended to by a medic without his medic bag. The handy bag worn by medics has served our country well over the past century and has aided in saving many soldiers’ lives.
If you’re a male medic, you might be hesitant at using this military surplus item initially, as it looks curiously similar to a purse. But one battle without the medic bag will change your mind. Besides, if Jack Bauer uses a messenger bag, so can you. A medic does not always have the time to perform all the necessary tasks on a wounded soldier when bullets are flying, so he can carry around only so much gear. The medic bag allows him to carry around just what he needs to pacify any injury a soldier may have.
The medics bags used in World War I and II were pretty basic. They often were not very big and were worn like a sling around the medic’s shoulder. The replica medic bag pictured above features one large compartment with a flap that can be secured with leather straps.
The medic bag has come a long way since its World War I and II days. The bag is now made in a variety of designs which are more sophisticated than the older medic bags. Blackhawk has its Special Ops medical backpack which features several compartments to hold anything a medic might need. The pack even includes a place to hold a hydration system. But the best part of about this new medic bag is that it comes in digital camo.
The medic bag is not limited to the styles we mention here — there are lots of other styles and sizes around.
The vintage medic bag has become a real fashion statement in recent years. People use them to carry books, as purses, or even to carry random items while camping. The one thing that’s the same in all these cases is the users want to be like the heroes who save the lives of our soldiers fighting for our freedom. Don’t you too? Check out Amazon’s selection to get your favorite design.
Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.