First aid might become at one point the difference between life and death, especially in a survival situation following any sort of catastrophe, so owning a good first aid kit is extremely important. There are multiple options available online (like this one that offers a lot for the money) and I would actually recommend you have on hand three different types of kits:

• A small, basic kit for you car and bug out bag.
• An intermediate kit for around the home and for traveling.
• An extensive medical kit stored with your survival gear for use when going to a regular doctor or hospital is out of the question.
first aid kit prepping

While kit contents will vary, your basic kit (which most outdoors or camping-type stores should carry) should include at least the following items listed below. If you can’t buy one with these contents, pick up a few supplies and create your own! So here is what you should have in your first aid kit:

• Bandages
• Antibiotic ointment
• Gauze pads
• Iodine or similar prep pads
• Alcohol prep pads
• Butterfly bandages
• Antibiotic ointment
• Medical adhesive tape
• Aspirin and/or non-aspirin pain relievers
The intermediate kit will include more of each of the above items, plus the following:
• Larger adhesive bandages
• Smelling salts or ammonia inhalants
• Ace-type bandages for strains and sprains
• Several sizes of sterile pads
• Rolls of gauze
• Antiseptic towlets
• Thermometer
• Snake bite poison extractor
• Tweezers
• Safety pins
• Moleskin
• Rubber (latex) gloves
• Burn medication
• Anti-itch treatment
• Sun screen
• Diarrhea medication
• Eye drops
• Basic first aid instructions

Your more advanced medical kit can be expected to include not only the above, but some or all of the following:

• Special bandages, such as conforming, trauma and field dressings
• Rubbing alcohol for sterilization
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Betadine
• Scissors
• Forceps
• Scalpels
• Hemostats
• Sterile sutures, in several sizes
• Wound probe
• Mouth-to-mouth shield
• Instant hot pack
• Instant cold pack
• Prep pads
• Eye pads
• Sponges
• Cotton balls
• Burn treatments
• Dental tools
• Splint materials
• In-depth first aid/surgical guide
• Cold medication
• Decongestant
• Antihistamine
• Colloidal silver

If you can find a sympathetic doctor or have other access to prescription medicines, you should consider stocking up on a few key items:

• Broad spectrum antibiotic
• Antibiotics for sinus infections, strep throat and other common “winter” ailments
• Pain killers

Remember, if you have kids or a special medical problem, add whatever extra items you think are appropriate. Remember, in an extreme, survival situation, one can say that expired medicine is better than no medicine at all!