You Need More Than A Simple First Aid Kit For Survival

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I feel a need to make sure people realize you need more than a simple first aid kit for survival. Here’s the deal, most of us have bandaids and some Neosporin, maybe some alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide. That’s a great start, keyword start. Today, I want you to think about what you have in your hall closet or first aid kit, whether large or small. The power is out in your neighborhood and your entire city, or at least as far as you can see, there are no lights except the stars and it’s 10:00 P.M. Yep, it’s called a blackout, no power or electricity anywhere. You have walked across the street to see if the neighbors know what’s going on. No, their lights flickered off as well. Your home phone and cell phone do not work. No internet, no way to hear what has happened. Yes, the radio works, but it’s not telling us what happened in our little community, at least not yet.

Let’s just say the power went out on Monday. It’s now Friday of the same week. No power. The gas pumps don’t work, sure glad I filled the car with gas on Saturday, I think to myself. I don’t need anything from the store, but my neighbors do. They have driven into town and the stores are all closed. It’s called a power outage. No one knows when the power will come back on. Some neighbors become sick and they have very little food or water stored, let alone simple first aid kit supplies.

I’m so glad I have 75 days of my 90-day prescriptions filled. Whew, that’s a relief. Some may not be so lucky. What, the pharmacies are closed? Of course, they are, they have no power and no internet. Plus, they don’t have any insurance information about us because the internet does not work without power. Oh, and the pharmacies are closed because they are totally out of the basic items that people could pay cash for, the debit cards, credit cards, and EBT cards will not work. Just giving you the heads-up here. Another reason we all need to store some small bills in a safe place.

Please check your first aid kit supply today rather than tomorrow. What you have in your house today may be all you have for a week, two weeks or a month. We all assume the power will come back on but……..you get it, right? We need to be prepared for the unexpected.

I’m probably over the top with first aid supplies, but that’s how I roll. Let me share the items I like to store, please add yours to the list. We all use different things, but this will maybe help us think what we may need to rotate or pick up before an unforeseen emergency happens. I think it will. May God bless our country and families. Hopefully, we will have more than these bottles shown below……I love this picture.

simple first aid kit

Simple First Aid Kit Supplies:

  • Ace Wraps : 3-inch & 4-inch
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  • Antifungal Ointment
  • Anti-Diarrhea
  • Anti-Itch Cream
  • Aleve (Naproxen)
  • Alcohol: 90-100% proof
  • Apple Cider
  • Aspirin/Advil
  • Bandage Scissors
  • Band-Aids/Butterfly, Several Sizes
  • Bee Sting Kit
  • Benadryl, Liquid, and Chewable
  • Betadine/iodine swabs
  • Birth Control
  • Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
  • Bug Spray 100% Deet
  • Burn Gel
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Castor Oil
  • Cold Medicine/Cough Syrup
  • Contacts/Contact Cases/ Extra Glasses/Saline
  • Condoms
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Dramamine (motion sickness)
  • Dressings for open wounds
  • Duct Tape and medical tape (all different sizes)
  • Ear-Loop Masks (N-95), all sizes
  • Ear Plugs
  • Elastic Gauze Bandage Rolls
  • Epsom Salt
  • Essential Oils Book
  • Eye Patches
  • First-Aid Book
  • First-Aid Shears
  • Flashlights w/Batteries
  • Floss
  • Gloves (non-latex)
  • Gauze Pads (sterile and non-sterile)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Heat packs-Heating pads-Thank you Janet for this reminder: Hot water bottle
  • Hemorrhoid Ointment/Suppositories
  • Ibuprofen
  • Mylar Blankets
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Lip balm/ ChapStick
  • Lotion or Body Cream
  • Menstrual Pads and Tampons
  • Mucinex
  • Mucinex Dm
  • Motrin
  • Monistat (Yeast Infections)
  • Mouthwash
  • Molefoam/Moleskin
  • Multi-Task Knife
  • Nasal Decongestant
  • Nasal Spray (Afrin)
  • New Skin Liquid Bandage
  • Non-stick Sterile Pads
  • Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide
  • Nail Clippers
  • Neosporin
  • Orajel
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Pepto-Bismol Chewables
  • Peroxide
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Quickclot
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Scissors
  • Silver Gel
  • Silver Liquid
  • Silver Cough Lozenges
  • Sleep-Aid Medicine
  • Splinter Removal Kit
  • Splints
  • Soap
  • Stethoscope
  • Sunscreen
  • Surgical Face Masks (N-100), all sizes
  • Tick Remover
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  • Tucks Pads-Which Hazel
  • Tweezers
  • Tylenol
  • Vicks VapoRub
  • Zantac (Acid Reducer)
  • Ziplock Bags
  • VITAMINS
  • B-12 Vitamins
  • B-complex vitamins
  • Calcium
  • D-3 Vitamins
  • Magnesium
  • Mature Complete Multivitamin
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil
  • Vitamin C
  • Essential Oils

Please take a few minutes today and review what you have in your home that will make you more secure than just a simple first aid kit. If you have taken some CPR, EMT or CERT classes, you rock. Thank you, paramedics, doctors, and first responders, we will need you sooner than later.

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Comments from readers:

Kathie: A hemostatic agent such as Celox for hard to stop bleeding and a tourniquet for severe blood loss that can’t be controlled otherwise.

Grayfox:

Great list but in my personal kit, I have the following:
1) A large syringe, either a medical unit or a basting syringe, for irrigating wounds
2) Distilled water or dated IV solutions for irrigating solution
3) Suture’s, various sizes, and the instruments to use them and the KNOW-HOW
4) Local anesthetics, Lidocaine or Zylocaine
5) Various sizes of syringes
6) Assorted sizes of scalpel blades and holders
7) A high-quality magnifying glass or a jewelers loupe for those hard to find splinters or thorns
8) Various hemostats, forceps and other surgical instruments
9) Dental emergency items, including temp filling materials and glues
10) Two types of wide range prescription antibiotics, in the event you have an injury and really can’t get to a doctor or hospital and your emergency treatment or the injury leads to a local infection. The worst infection I ever had was from a foot laceration that received “nurse care” and I waited a week for the doctor to return and treat the injury. Debriding and suturing without anesthetic is painful in the extreme….
11) You listed a flashlight and batteries, but to free your hands, get a pair of the headlamp glasses. Amazing amount of light, and yo can get them with various power lenses.

I know these additions are a little over the top for most people, but what if the power is out for two weeks or more and our support infra structure either waivers or fails completely?

HOW TO PACK YOUR SIMPLE FIRST AID KIT

Medium size:

Fishing Tackle Kit

Large size:

Stanley Max Kit

Small size:

Pandemic Kit

Center for Disease Control

 

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16 thoughts on “You Need More Than A Simple First Aid Kit For Survival

  • June 23, 2017 at 8:57 am
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    You have covered everything that I could think of. Now, you need an article on telling them how to pack iit.

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  • June 23, 2017 at 11:46 am
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    Did you get the medical tape on your list. I seen duct tape and that might hurt. I get the waterproof tape.

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    • June 23, 2017 at 3:34 pm
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      Hi June, thank you, I’m adding that to the duct tape line. Great tip! I have three ways to make a first aid kit at the bottom of the post. Maybe I better make that more clear on the post. I’m on it! Thank you so much! Linda

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  • June 24, 2017 at 5:13 am
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    Great list but in my personal kit, I have the following:
    1) A large syringe, either a medical unit or a basting syringe, for irrigating wounds
    2) Distilled water or dated IV solutions for irrigating solution
    3) Suture’s, various sizes, and the instruments to use them and the KNOW HOW
    4) Local anesthetics, Lidocaine or Zylocaine
    5) Various sizes of syringes
    6) Assorted sizes of scapel blades and holders
    7) A high quality magnifying glass or a jewelers loupe for those hard to find splinters or thorns
    8) Various hemostats, forceps and other surgical instruments
    9) Dental emergency items, including temp filling materials and glues
    10) Two types of wide range prescription antibiotics, in the event you have an injury and really can’t get to a doctor or hospital and your emergency treatment or the injury leads to a local infection. The worst infection I ever had was from a foot laceration that received “nurse care” and I waited a week for the doctor to return and treat the injury. Debriding and suturing without anesthetic is painful in the extreme….
    11) You listed a flashlight and batteries, but to free your hands, get a pair of the headlamp glasses. Amazing amount of light, and yo can get them with various power lenses.

    I know these additions are a little over the top for most people, but what if the power is out for two weeks or more and our support infra structure either waivers or fails completely?

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    • June 24, 2017 at 6:28 am
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      Hi, Grayfox, I love this list, I’m adding it to my post. It’s not over the top for me, I have all of these except the forceps and syringes. I’m on it. This is why I write to gather information from others. I LOVE this, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Linda

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  • June 24, 2017 at 6:23 am
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    Instead of the heating pad, I would recommend an old fashioned hot water bottle. If the electric goes out, it is easier to heat some water, than to start a generator for a heating pad.

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    • June 24, 2017 at 6:31 am
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      Hi, Janet, I added this to my list with your name. I remember using those hot water bottles. I do not have one. I’m ordering one today. Great tip.THANK YOU, Linda

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      • June 24, 2017 at 7:40 am
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        One thing that is great about a hot water heater, is that it could be used as a bed warmer in a blackout.

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  • June 26, 2017 at 8:16 pm
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    A hemostatic agent such as Celox for hard to stop bleeding and a tourniquet for severe blood loss that can’t be controled otherwise.

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    • June 27, 2017 at 9:33 am
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      Hi Kathie, that’s a great tip! I have some Quick Clot, I think it’s called. I’m not home or I would go look. I’m adding this to my post, thank you! Linda

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  • July 29, 2017 at 8:59 am
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    Agreed. It’s always OK to prepare for the unexpected. It’s better safe than sorry. I do belived in that quote. Through emergency kits, it can really help the situations. Thanks for sharing your list. It’s very informative. Well written!

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    • July 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm
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      Hi Christine, thank you for your nice comment. I’m hoping with my posts I can reach as many people as possible. I sometimes think a few people think the government will step in and take care of everyone. That’s not going to happen, it would be impossible. We saw that with Hurricane Katrina… all we can do is keeping spreading the word. Linda

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  • January 16, 2018 at 10:24 am
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    I would add fractionated coconut oil or other carrier oil for use with the essential oils.

    I have been learning about “weeds” and herbalism the benefits with regard to healing There are many things that we normally have in our kitchens that have tremendous healing properties: Honey, Lemon juice, vinegar, ginger, just to name a few. I dehydrate lemon slices and ginger slices for use with honey and vinegar for colds and flu. A tea made with honey, lemon and ginger help to calm coughs, produce a feeling of wellness and sooth sore throats. Just put the dehydrated lemon slice and a couple of dehydrated ginger slices in hot water to rehydrate. Add honey and drink several times a day.

    I have a hot water bottle. I take it camping with me to warm the sleeping bag. It has saved me from many sleepless nights! I am thinking or have it on my wish list to get a couple more.

    Leanne

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    • January 16, 2018 at 1:15 pm
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      Leanne, oh my gosh, I never thought of dehydrating lemons or ginger. I just bought some ginger! Oh, I love this comment! See how we learn from each other? I just bought a water bottle, I’m glad you mentioned that!! I use green tea with honey and lemon use. I will now add some ginger. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Linda

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      • January 16, 2018 at 9:06 pm
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        You should check out LearningHerbs on Pinterest. I am fortunate that I was able to find LearningHerbs website a few years ago and had my own herbalism interest generated. This company is local to me and has a wonderful herbal medicine making kit. I was able to learn so much from that kit that I have used so many times even I have a hard time believing it!! I now make my own tinctures, lotions and balms, as well as infusions and such. I figured there might come a time when I either couldn’t or wouldn’t have access to modern medicine and would need to make my own – for reasons such as no money to pay for treatments or SHTF and no access to doctors/hospitals. Now, even though my daughter thought I was NUTS, she is so into natural, herbal medicine.

        Go to Learning Herbs on Pinterest – they have LOTS of information.

        Leanne

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        • January 17, 2018 at 5:32 am
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          Hi Leanne, oh this comment is awesome! I need to learn more about making tinctures, balms, etc. I totally agree with you about needing to learn about natural and herbal medicines. I believe they are healthier than Big Pharma. I use cholesterol medicine, but my daughters will not use it. They use other methods to keep it under control. I believe there will be a time we will have zero access to doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies. We must learn to heal our bodies. Thanks for the tip on LearningHerbs. LOVE it, Linda

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