Before I get into the Ultimate First Aid Kit, let’s remember the three 3’s; you can live without air for 3 minutes; without water for 3 days and food for 3 weeks. There are many critical areas to consider in preparing for disasters, but you have to prioritize and water comes first. So be sure to stock up on water first. If you’re completely new to prepping, see my earlier post on prepping for beginners. It has tips on how much water to store. And if you can’t store enough water, see my earlier post on how to make a family size home water filtration system in 30 minutes for just a few dollars.
Ok, let’s assume you’ve started storing water and food and now you want to start on First Aid. But where do you begin and who do you trust? If your like me, you started out just buying a few boxes of band aids. It was a start, but I knew it wasn’t near enough if I was cut off for a week and needed medical help. Still, I didn’t know what to do and opted for one of those pre-made family packs. Again, it was a start and better than just band aids, but I knew again it wasn’t the proper way to put a First Aid Kit together. Then I finally found what I was looking for!
Her name is The Patriot Nurse and I’ll put links to her website and Facebook page at the end of this post. There are several reasons I liked her advice; she has been a real nurse for years; she makes short, concise and informative First Aid videos; she gives primary and alternate uses for her product suggestions and she has beginner, intermediate and advanced First Aid Kits.
Here are a few tips to remember as you watch the video:
- DON’T write down a list of what’s in her video. I’ll do that at the end of this post so you can just copy and paste into a text document. Then you can print the list and check the items off as you buy them.
- If you can’t buy the list all at once, just buy one or two items every time you shop. It will soon add up.
- When you start to build your kit, keep in mind how many of each sex are in your family and buy quantities based on that.
- At some point you’re going to need a First Aid bag or box to put it all in.
- Pay attention to the alternate uses of the products she mentions. More bang for your buck!
- She left out a good first aid book. I’d get a print one in case the power goes out.
- While the list is long and when added up, will seem expensive, just think of the money you’ll save on trips to the doctor. More importantly, you’ll have what you need in a disaster!
- Lastly, if you still just want a pre-make First Aid Kit, use the list at the end of this post, as a check list against what’s in the bag. Then you can just add a few items that are missing.
Ok, grab some popcorn and enjoy the video here.
Here’s the list you can copy and paste to a text file and print out later. From cuts and sprains to sunburns and rashes, this is an extensive list.
- Booze – pain killer and disinfectant
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Calamine lotion
- Tea Tree Oil
- Skin lotion
- Repel – 100% Deet
- Baby powder
- Splinter removal kit
- Tongue depressors – doubles as finger splints
- Dermoplast for sunburn
- Aloe gel
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Equate cream – triple antibiotic
- Anti fungal cream
- Boudreaux’s butt paste
- Condoms – can be used for burns as they are sterile
- Pregnancy test kit
- Kotex – can also be used as bandages
- Band Aids
- Rolled gauze
- Ace bandage wraps
- Sterile 4 x 4 and 2 x 2 non-adhereant gauze pads – “Telsa” pads
- Bandage scissors
- Instant cold pack
- M95 respirator
- CPR mask
- Saline solution
- Contact lens solution
- Lip balm
- Ear plugs
- Eye ointment for Pink eye
- Thermometer – age appropriate ones
- Emergency blanket
- Knee brace
- Lace up ankle brace
- Gold Bond foot powder
- Moleform and Moleskin from Dr. Sholls
- Epsom salt
- Blood pressure gauge
- 1000 pair gloves
- Duct tape
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