First Aid Kits-What You Need To Survive

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I mentioned a few years ago that I hired a professional photographer to take pictures of my emergency preparedness items. I teach classes on food storage and emergency preparedness at different churches, subdivisions, businesses, and other groups.

It’s getting harder and harder for me to haul all my “stuff” to the different locations, so pictures are working great for presentations. Today, it’s all about first aid kits and the many ways you can put one together.

Gather Up Your First Aid Items

Please look around your house and gather your first aid items to see what inventory you have so you can then evaluate what you need to replace, discard or purchase. If you have a first aid kit already, that’s awesome!

If you’re like me, sometimes you need to discard expired over the counter bottles or boxes. Here’s the deal, you do not need to purchase an expensive first aid kit, just start with a little and add the things you need as your budget allows.

The first few pictures are professional photos and then some of my own non-professional ones, but I wanted to share several ways to make first aid kits today. Please note you can purchase most of these first aid kit containers at your local stores.

First Aid Kits

The blog that I wrote a few years ago making a first aid kit out of a fishing tackle box has been one of my most popular posts. Here’s the deal, the tackle box is fairly cheap to purchase and you can easily see most of your first aid supplies at a glance.

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You can see the box open below with the supplies I use. Now, this is just a few items I have collected to fill this fishing tackle box. Here is the list if you can use it, remember everyone stores different first aid supplies. First aid: Supplies by Linda

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Stanley Max First Aid Kit

Below, I did another post about using this Stanley FatMax tool storage unit. The Plano fishing tackle is great, but it’s quite heavy for me to carry. It’s perfect in my house for the first aid supplies I use all the time at home. I decided to fill another larger container, thus the Stanley FatMax came to my mind. Plus, it’s fairly inexpensive and has wheels.

I wanted something I could take to a school, church or out to my street if I need to help people. Keep in mind I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field, but I have done extensive research as to what needs to be in a first aid kit. We will all fill our own kits with supplies we feel comfortable using.

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I can put more supplies in this Stanley FatMax unit, so it was a perfect fit for me. I highly recommend this Medical Handbook. I think between this handbook and my book Prepare Your Family For Survival will really help you be prepared for the unexpected more than you would be without them.

Take some time to read both, take notes, and make sure you feel comfortable that your family is as prepared as possible. There are so many things that can come up to surprise us. Try not to be surprised that you’re missing some critical items when your family is in real need.

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5-Gallon Buckets

Now, I realize everyone may not have a lot of money to fill their first aid kits right off the bat. If you have a box, start with that. Most of us have some extra buckets in our home, they would work great as well.

I did purchase some black vinyl lettering for these 5-gallon buckets, but a magic marker would work great too! Make the job for yourself as simple and easy as you can. Just pick up a bottle of this, a box of that, some band-aids and some Benadryl, that’s all you need to do.

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College First Aid Kit

I wrote a post about a college first aid kit because I gave this to my granddaughter as a high school graduation gift. The box is a medium size box so it wouldn’t take up a lot of room in her apartment or dorm.

Read More of My Articles  What You Need To Send With Your College Student

I didn’t want my granddaughter going out at night to pick up some fever-reducing products, Vicks VapoRub, lip balm, cough syrup, or Imodium. Yes, I sent her with some of my favorite essential oils. It’s what a grandma does, right?

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First Aid Kit For Kids

I’m a grandma and a mom, and when the grandkids come to visit, sometimes we need some supplies just for the younger ones. So I try and keep supplies that are age appropriate. I rotate and discard the expired ones, as needed.

Some of the ones you may want to consider are Tylenol, Motrin, cough syrup, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, Orajel, lip balm, allergy tablets, just to name a few items. A thermometer would be awesome and add some cute band-aids and the kids always smile with a cute band-aid on their boo-boo, right?

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I am so thankful that a reader, Joanne D. reminded me to put a “print” button on my website. I realize a few of you print and organize my articles. I’m so grateful you can use them. If you teach others, that will melt my heart. Let’s teach the world to be prepared because I can tell you this, the government will not be able to take care of all of us.

Final Word

If we have a disaster or unforeseen emergency, we may be on our own for 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months or possibly more. You may know I am not a doomsday prepper, I am a mom and grandma trying to teach the world to be prepared for the unexpected. May God help this crazy world we live in today. Blessings to all of you.

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Stanley Max

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Plastic children’s container

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10 thoughts on “First Aid Kits-What You Need To Survive

  • June 1, 2019 at 7:26 am

    We’ve got trifold bag in the house along with extras, IFAKs on vests and armor, kits in go bags, kits in the vehicles and additional gear like litters.
    Our team medic has got more stuff than 2 for us could carry lol.
    This will be our next purchase for testing and evaluation.

    Its good to have other like you around in the world. Too many times in emergencies I find myself alone.
    I stopped and assisted in a bad car wreck 2 yrs ago and an off duty volunteer firefighter was yelling about no one else having equipment and supplies. I asked him where was his personal kit as I was working on the lady, with my IFAK, and he said “well I don’t need one cause I’ve always got the truck”. I said “apparently not always”. It sunk in as we lost her.

    • June 1, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Oh Matt, wow, that’s crazy the volunteer firefighter wasn’t prepared. I’m so sorry you lost her, but you tried!! You had the supplies to try! I need to get this rescue essential, GREAT TIP!! It’s great to have people like you!! Linda

  • June 1, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Very good idea with the divided kits. So many of your posts are so helpful.

  • June 1, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Many years ago (before I carried a first aid car kit), I was first on the scene of a semi- truck tipped on it’s roof. Driver trapped! Bad head wound, bleeding all over. At least I had a cell phone (few had them back then) to call for help. And I had some med training as I had worked as a CNA. I took his pulse, respiration rate to tell 911. Grabbed a towel to apply pressure to head wound. Held his hand, told him to stay still and help was on it’s way. Next vehicle just happened to be a person who was a volunteer first responder (he was on his way to work). Yes, he had his big kit! I was glad to step back, then ran to re-park my car across road to stop traffic so emergency vehicles could get thru (from the direction the first responder told me they’d be coming). Asked another driver to do the same on the opposite end. I learned how having just any med knowledge and keeping calm is So important. That same day I bought a car kit. This was on a truly rural road. That first guy did come and find me, thanked me, saying my towel and pressure actually Had Helped. As had my stopping traffic, telling people to stay in their cars. I told him that I was dang glad it was him who just happened along …I think it took almost half an hour before the ‘jaws of life’ stuff was there.
    It’s too bad your first responder was complaining. I do wish that high schools or drivers Ed classes would teach about having a med kit. I have always carried supplies in case of car breakdown (thanks, mom!)but I really didn’t think to put in med supplies. Linda, your including this topic/supplies in this article could save a life. Unfortunately, a lot of young people don’t/won’t carry one, including mine! I just saw the med kit I made for my young one was put on my storage cabinet: he had too much sports equipment plus his get-home bag to keep in his trunk…at least he kept his ghb. Lol, of course he actually has had to use things from it when he got stuck in the ditch in winter.

    • June 1, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Wendy, wow, this is a great comment! I love hearing you were instrumental in helping with this accident. I sure wish we could get more people to carry a first aid kit or two. We all need to stay calm, you learned this first. I wish drivers ed and high schools would teach about road accidents and the need to carry supplies at all time. Great comment, Linda

  • July 30, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for the good info. Questions: how do you keep your kit from getting super hot in cars in the Summer and super cold in cars in the Winter? I believe they would loose effectiveness if kept in cars with very high/low temperatures. Which items would need to be replaced and how soon??

    • July 30, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Irene, that’s a very good question. We have extreme heat here in Southern Utah in the summer so I trade out the items I’m concerned about a couple of times of the year. I don’t store any liquid in case it leaks or freezes if I go up north. The bandaids are fine, I test them a couple of times a year. I only store enough medication for one year. I just rotate it. I have BlueCans for water which will withstand temps of 145-150 degrees in the stash. I can’t worry a lot, I just know whatever I have will have to work if we have an event. So far, that’s worked. Duct tape is my BFF! Linda

  • July 11, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    LOL at the duct tape comment. Four true tape/duct tape stories. When my dad was a kid he fell off the porch steps and from that fall a part of his ear got cut off and my grandfather just taped it back on and it grew back together. When I was a kid I was playing hide n go seek by hiding underneath a ’70’s era couch and when someone sat down on it the spring cut deep into the side of my knee and after cleaning it with peroxide they then just slapped duct tape on it. When I was in my 20’s I had a deer hit my car which busted out my back passenger side window. Since I always keep duct tape and clear painters drop cloth in my car, I just taped up the window and proceeded on my way to work. When I broke two of my fingers while fishing, I just taped them together with a stick and duct tape until I finished fishing and got back to the house to properly splinter them up. I spent my entire life in the south I can honestly say that it’s a cardinal sin to never have duct tape on hand whether it be in your car or in your home as its the proverbial prep to keep on hand for everything.

    • July 11, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      Oh Darla, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this comment! Duct tape is a must for sure. Your 4 stories prove we always need duct tape in our home, our car, or when fishing! Great tips! This is why we stock a lot of up! Linda. P.S. Cardinal sin if we don’t stock it, yep!


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