First of all, thanks to all the contributors to this thread. You've given me some great ideas, and caused me to re-think what I keep in my vehicle. But first, a few questions.
What do you keep in the way of tools, aside from the standard tire changing kit? I noticed some tools and roadside emergency gear in Jersey0311 and PsychoFish's gear. Namely jumper cables, flares, fluids, etc. Do any of you keep tool kits, wrenches, etc. handy? How do you store these items? I personally keep (aside from a multitool) a socket wrench with the three common sockets for my vehicle (damned Brits and their Metric...) and a few other odds and ends. I've been fortunate enough to not have any major problems on the road, but I'd be interested to hear what has worked for you guys.
Jersey0311, what do you keep in your 5.11 medical bag? You mentioned that there are no TCCC items inside, so I'd imagine you excluded a chest needle decompression kit, chest seal, TQ, etc. What other medical odds and ends do you keep handy? Would you mind giving us a break-down?
When I had my toolbox, I did have two tool kits in there. One was a cheap POS I got on a whim from Harbor Freight, and the other was a Craftsman set. Rarely used, but when I needed them, they were handy. They simply won't fit now that I'm using the underseat storage, but once I get a bedcap, they're going back in the vehicle.
The issue with underseat storage is that it forces you to really pick and choose what you carry, versus just throwing everything in a toolbox in the bed. I carry a lot less than I was only a few months ago.
There were times when I had 2, 3, even 4 or more medical bags in my truck. That isn't necessary. I don't stop at accidents (I'll call them in as I drive by), my truck doesn't advertise that I"m anything (no stickers/decals), and honestly the med bag is mostly for the range.
The reason I don't have any TCCC items in that particular med bag is because 99% of auto accidents I go to at work do not require any sort of TCCC items. 99% of injuries I see off duty don't require them either. Mind you, I have 2 identical IFAKs in the backseat (work bag and GHB) and a TQ on my visor, if I needed items for GSWs on the range, etc. So I have access to TCCC stuff, it's just not in my primary go to bag.
I'll post a breakdown later on, but the bag has NPAs, bandages of varying sizes, roller gauze (think Kling or Curlex), sterile water, occlusive dressings, a SAM splint, and a few other odds and ends. I changed bags from the PUSH to some cheap POS that's way smaller and still rides in the same position. Eventually I may make it more TCCC oriented, but 99% of the time you don't need QC or a pressure bandage to stop everyday bleeding.