First aid might become at one point the difference between life and death, especially in a survival situation following any sort of catastrophe or accident, so owning a good first aid kit is extremely important.
There are multiple options available online, but they are usually expensive and incomplete. This is why I think that the best approach here is to make your own first aid kit.
The very least you should do is get a ready-made first aid kit, open it and add the required items to make it complete. This is a middle-way approach if you don’t want to do it all yourself. But by any means, make sure that your first aid kit has all the items required to be useful in all potential situations!
I would actually recommend you have three different types of first aid kits available, based on their portability and location. You can’t carry an entire pharmacy with you everywhere you go, but it doesn’t hurt to actually have one at home (literally speaking, of course).
So here are the three types of first aid kits you should have if you want to be better prepared for most types of accidents and/or emergencies:
• 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 (this is the least likely one to ever have to use)
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 as it is usually cheaper and better this way! So here is what you should have in your first aid kit:
• Sterile bandages
• Antibiotic ointment
• Gauze pads
• Iodine or similar prep pads
• Alcohol prep pads
• Butterfly bandages
• Medical adhesive tape
• Aspirin and/or non-aspirin pain relievers (like Advil or Tylenol)
• Small scissors
• Small container of Hydrogen peroxide
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
• Snake bite poison extractor
• Safety pins
• 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
• Sterile sutures, in several sizes
• Wound probe
• Mouth-to-mouth shield
• Instant hot pack
• Instant cold pack
• Prep pads
• Eye pads
• Cotton balls
• Burn treatments
• Dental tools
• Splint materials
• In-depth first aid/surgical guide
• Cold medication
• 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
Remember, if you have kids or a special medical problem, add whatever extra items you think are appropriate or needed for longer term treatmet.
A good example here is any type of medicine that you have to take daily if you suffer from any type of chronic disease. Make sure that you rotate these constantly so they don’t expire!
Also, if you know to be suffering of allergies (even the common pollen allergies or hay fever), antihistamines should be part of your basic kit and you should always have them on you.
For example, I am allergic to mosquito bites so I must make sure to always have creams for those on me because otherwise things can get really ugly.
So spend some time to think about your (and your family’s) specific problems and add anything necessary to your first aid kit. In an extreme situation, having a clean bandage on hand or even an antibiotic cream can make the difference!
Are there any items that should be in one of the three first aid kits that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know by commenting below.