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Starting a small first aid/survival kit for my everyday backpack, need help...

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Hey guys!
As the title states I'm starting a very small first aid/survival kit to carry around in my everyday backpack (going to university every day) and I have a few questions.

What are the essentials I should carry?

I currently have :
-Magnesium Flint
-Small Folding Knife
-Pen/Pencil and paper pad
-Emergency Blanket
-Bar of Soap
-Q-tips (like 20~)

(Medicine + First Aid)
-8x alcohol swabs
-8x plasters
-13x Tylenol 3s (300mg + 30mg codeine) (leftover from a medical procedure I had)
-30 generic Ibuprofen (200mg)

I know I need stuff like gauze sponges, triangular bandages, tape, etc.

But I'm wondering what you guys recommend.

Also, can I use NON-STERILE gauze sponges on a wound if I disinfect the general area before or no? Thanks!

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I would put as much water in there as you feel comfortable carrying. I also carry about a 16 oz pop bottle full of Wal-Marts Mtn trail mix. Many's the time when I was somewhere with no access to lunch. That much trail mix kept me satisfied till supper. You can't let your trail mix go too long without rotating it, the peanuts go bad.
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