What’s In Your First Aid Kit?

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What’s in your first aid kit? Here’s the deal, most of us have bandaids and some Neosporin, maybe some rubbing 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.

90 Day’s Worth Of  Prescription Medications

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 about 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.

What’s In Your First Aid Kit?

Please look over this list, and add the items you and your family use. This is just a start. I will add other items when you let me know your suggestions.

  • Ace Wraps : 3-inch & 4-inch
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  • Antifungal Ointment
  • Anti-Diarrhea
  • Anti-Itch Cream
  • Aleve (Naproxen)
  • Alcohol: 90-100% proof rubbing alcohol
  • Anesthetics, Lidocaine or Xylocaine
  • 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
  • Celox, to stop bleeding
  • Cold Medicine/Cough Syrup
  • Contacts/Contact Cases/ Extra Glasses/Saline
  • Condoms
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Dental Supplies, a temporary filling, and glues
  • Distilled water (for cleaning wounds)
  • 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
  • Headlamps
  • Heat packs-Heating pads-Hot water bottle
  • Hemorrhoid Ointment/Suppositories
  • Hemostats/Forceps
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Ibuprofen
  • Israeli Bandages
  • Mylar Blankets
  • Lip balm/ ChapStick
  • Lotion or Body Cream
  • Magnifying Glass
  • 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
  • Pedialyte Powder Packets
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Pepto-Bismol Chewables
  • Peroxide
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Quickclot
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Scalpel blades and holders
  • Scissors-regular, plus tiny sharp scissors (for removing sutures)
  • Self-adhering tape 3 Coban
  • Silver Gel My Doctor Suggests
  • Silver Liquid My Doctor Suggests
  • Silver Cough Lozenges My Doctor Suggests
  • Sleep-Aid Medicine
  • Splinter Removal Kit
  • Splints
  • Soap
  • Stethoscope
  • Syringes, several sizes
  • Sunscreen
  • Surgical Face Masks (N-95 or N-100), all sizes
  • Sutures, all sizes (learn how to do suturing)
  • Suture needles, all sizes
  • Tick Remover
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  • Tourniquet (for severe bleeding)
  • 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

Final Word

Please take a few minutes today and review what you have in the home or car 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.

My Favorite Medical Books: Dr. Alton’s Antibiotics and Medical Handbook   I know these first aid supplies may be a little over the top for most people, but what if the power is out for two weeks or more and our support infrastructure either waivers or fails completely? Just think about what’s in your first aid kit, today, not tomorrow. May God bless this world. Linda

HOW TO PACK YOUR SIMPLE FIRST AID KIT

Large size:

Stanley Max Kit

Medium size:

Fishing Tackle Kit

Small size:

Pandemic Kit

Center for Disease Control

10 thoughts on “What’s In Your First Aid Kit?

  • April 24, 2019 at 7:40 am
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    Hi Linda,

    Just a comment on rubbing alcohol that I copied and pasted from my blog.

    “Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol is used to disinfect and sterilize and to make liniments. It is commonly available in 50%, 70%, and 91% solutions. You must have a minimum of 70% for sterilization and disinfection. And of course, 91% is dual purpose since it can also be used as a cooking fuel. However, and it seems counterintuitive, a 70% solution is more effective at disinfecting than the 91% solution. Water is needed to carry the alcohol into the bacteria to kill the bacteria. A 91% solution of alcohol evaporates faster and has less water to carry the alcohol to the bacteria. Alcohol does not inactivate some viruses (hydrophilic viruses like polio and coxsackie).”

    In that blog post (PrepSchoolDaily dot blogspot dot com, on 8 January 2019) I also wrote about peroxide, iodine, and other wound cleansing fluids and uses and cautions for each.

    When it comes to being prepared for medical emergencies, there really is so much to learn. It can be overwhelming at times. But if we just do it one step at a time, it becomes much more manageable.

    Linda, your reminders are a gift to us all. Keep up the good work.

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    • April 24, 2019 at 8:07 am
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      Hi Jennifer, I’m so glad we have met through the internet. I LOVE your website and your knowledge. Your knowledge is a gift to all of us as well. Linda

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  • April 24, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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    Linda,

    Sutures and hemostats are listed but will not help without sterilized suture needles. A self adhering tape ( Included in medical tape of different SIZES ?) such as 3M Coban is also a great addition. I also add large and small Israeli bandages. As a side note, alcohol acts as a drying agent when applied and continued use on some people is not tolerated well.

    Thanks for the great article.

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    • April 24, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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      Hi Doyle, great comment, thank you. I take for granted people know they need suture needles. I have so many sizes. Great reminder. I like the idea of medical tape. Adding your tips right now. Thank you so much!!!! Linda

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  • April 24, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    Thanks for the update, as we’ll be moving during the summer to a different situation I’ll have to update my prep items to suit that situation. If you don’t mind a suggestion for another article, please write one on a prep’s move; any hints, tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Going into an “active Seniors” neighborhood, both for medical and convenience purposes.

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    • April 24, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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      Hi Beth, thank you for the suggestion!! I want to write about that. Mark and I did this very thing. Great comment!!! Linda

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  • April 24, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    We keep the extra meds in the storm shelter.
    We’ve got sutures but IMO in many cases the wound isn’t clean enough to sew up. I’ve seen this neglect at preparedness classes.
    We have a house trifold, first aid kit in the camper, Dark Angel kit in my back pocket and trauma kits on me and the wife’s vest, truck glove box, all 3 go bags. The team medic is 4.5 miles out.
    If all else fails I’ve got duct tape and dirt to rub on it lol

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    • April 24, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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      Hi Matt, you are so right on the wound may not be clean enough to suture. That’s one of my biggest fears. Duct tape is awesome to stockpile!! You rock with preparedness! I love it! Linda

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  • April 26, 2019 at 11:22 am
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    How can I subscribe to Jennifer’s blog. I’ve just subscribed to yours.

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