Use this survival first aid kit list today, to be ready for tomorrow
This survival first aid kit list will rejuvenate your old, out-of-date and half empty prepper first aid kit! Maybe you got your survival first aid kit when you came to the pharmacy once because you realized it would be good to have it. But the question is: have you ever opened this box to see what’s in there? If it is a usual medical box, then it won’t be very helpful if you get into any situation which is more serious than a scratched leg.
Having a good First-Aid Box is a necessity if you face any emergency. Usually, if there is a critical situation in a city, hospitals are overcrowded, and doctors can’t help everyone immediately. So even if you have a chance to get to the hospital or if doctors come right to your house, there is a huge risk that it will take hours to get this necessary help.
That means that if you have a good First-Aid Box, it can be lifesaving; especially if we talk about emergency situations when it’s not easy to get medical care very soon. Every family member must have the ability to help himself and his relatives if someone gets an injury which is not very serious. Now go through each of the items on our survival first aid kit list and once you’re done, be sure to check out our ultimate survival kit list too!
Your survival first aid kit list
- Band-Aid. This item is a really necessary one, as there are a lot of situations when it can be needed. If you scratch or cut any part of your body, you’ll need a band-aid. It’s better to use fabric band-aid because it is pliable, and it can stick to your skin without any problems. Of course, this type costs more, but its quality is much better.
- Big bandages. Sometimes if you have a big wound, a small band-aid won’t be enough for you. So, to be ready for almost any wound including injuries made by gunshots and serious wounds made by electro tools, you should have big bandages. You can use sanitary pads as bandages, as it is cheaper than buying some huge gauze pads.
- Blood clotting agent. Sometimes if a person has a big wound, he can bleed so much that he will die because of it. A good blood clotting agent is necessary in such a serious situation because it helps to clot the injured place so that the loss of blood will be not so huge. A really good blood clotting agent is Celox.
- Surgical tape. Usually, big bandages don’t have any duct strips on them, that’s why if you want to stick them to your skin you should also use surgical tape. It’s possible to find different types of surgical tape, but it will be better to choose cohesive ones which are really flexible and can stick easily. One more advantage is that you can painlessly remove this tape from your skin later.
- Antiseptic. If you have a wound, first of all, you need to clean it and get rid of all the microbes which can get inside the wound. So, you should use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean it and after that, you should use antiseptic. Put a bandage on your wound only after that.
- Steri-Strips. In case if you have a big wound, you need not only to put a bandage on it but also to close it somehow. Doctors usually close such wounds with stitches. But if you have no idea how to make stitches, then the best way to close your injured zone is to use steri-strips. Before applying it check if your skin near the wound is dry and clean.
- Pocket mask. New types of pocket masks allow to use them just between the person who is unconscious and the person who’s trying to enliven him. It helps not to have any contact with saliva which can transport any virus or microbes from one person to another really fast.
- Glucometer. This is an electronic device that can help to determine the level of blood sugar. Diabetics use it all the time, as their blood sugar is too high, and they have many long-term problems because of it. But the low level of blood sugar can create many short-term problems, for example, you may feel like you don’t have any strength, you don’t understand many things, you have dizziness; sometimes people even may be unconscious because of it. So, it’s important to be able to know the level of your blood sugar.
- Blood pressure monitor. Sometimes you can feel not well and the reason for it is probably too high or too low blood pressure. So, it’s really important to have a blood pressure monitor to be able to check your indicators. Besides, if you get to the hospital, the first thing that doctors usually do is checking your blood pressure to understand your overall condition.
- Ear thermometer. One more necessary thing to determine your medical condition is a thermometer. Of course, you can use an oral one, but ear thermometer works faster, and it provides more accurate results.
- Aluminum splint. If you, unfortunately, have a bone fracture, you must immobilize it. You can use different things for this purpose, but aluminum splint is probably the best one. It is a band made of aluminum which has one side covered with foam rubber. You can make the necessary size and form so that it’ll be really comfortable to use this splint.
- Elastic bandage. If you injure your tendon or joint, you should use an elastic bandage immediately. If you need to use an aluminum splint, an elastic bandage can help to hold it. Of course, there are several types of these bandages, and you never know which width you’ll need, as it’s impossible to predict what part of your body can be injured. So, choosing something from 2 to 6 inches can be fine.
- Tweezers + magnifier. Sometimes stubs and splinters can cause the infection. So, it’s necessary to remove them, tweezers and a magnifier will help you in such a situation.
- Eye bath + saline solution. You may need this combination if you feel that any powder or chemicals get into your eye. You should remove it using the water immediately. To do that use an eye bath with some saline solution in it.
- Ipecac syrup. If you’ve eaten or drunk something that probably had poison, you should vomit to get rid of this poison. Ipecac syrup is what helps in such situations because it can cause vomit; by the way, it’s used for children pretty often.
- Dry ice pack. Unfortunately, there can be some serious injuries, for example, joint dislocation or muscle sprain. In such situations, you must put a dry ice pack on the injured zone because it’ll help to relieve the pain. Remember that you need to do this really fast because you need to reduce the swelling as well. A dry ice pack can be lifesaving when you don’t have real ice somewhere near you.
- Latex gloves. These gloves should be used for the same purpose as a pocket mask. A pocket mask is protecting a person from any virus which can get into him through the air or through the saliva of an injured person; latex gloves are protecting a person from getting any microbes and viruses as well, but in the situations when a person needs to touch an unconscious person.
- Painkiller. When we talk about First-Aid Box many people think about aspirin, and it is a really necessary item. If you’re injured, you definitely need a painkiller to feel better. Besides, painkillers reduce swelling and it’s a necessity in many situations.
Now you have a decent prepper first aid kit…
Unfortunately, all these items in your First-Aid box won’t help you a lot if you have no idea how to use them. Many people know how to use a band-aid, but not so many of them know how to help themselves if they are seriously injured. So, learn properly how to use every item of your medical box.
You can find many useful videos on the internet, where you’ll see a lot about basic medical care. Watch such videos and don’t be in a hurry, even practice how to use some items of your First-Aid box. There are situations when every second means a lot. And if you know well how to use everything that you have in your box, then it can be lifesaving for you or for those who are near you.