65 Items for your First Aid Kit

Not just for your typical SHTF, or EOTWAWKI type events, but for any kind of emergency situation. These items can/will come in handy in a multitude of situations, and for the most part are over looked for a survival first aid kit. We learn more and more everyday what common, as well as not so common items can be used in an emergency / a survival situation. When you read through the list I can say with 99% certainty that the vast majority of you will say/think at least one of the following. ‘I never knew that could be used in that manner’ or ‘I need to add that to my first aid kit’ or ‘I already knew about that, just not in that way’. Knowledge is power, Power to the people!

  1. Hazardous Waste Garbage Bags: These red bags are clearly marked as “Bio-hazardous/Infectious Waste” and include a bio-hazard symbol.  They come in many sizes and can be used to discard bandages, compresses, needles, tissues, clothing, and all manner of contaminants.  They are perfect as a trash can liner for the sick room. Since disposition of hazardous medical supplies may not be immediate, it will be important to keep contaminants separated from the rest of the garbage; my plan is to take the sealed hazardous waste bags and double then triple bag then in hefty bags.
  2. Sneeze into the crook of your arm to avoid contaminating your hands
  3. Hemostatic Agent: These go under several brand names, like QuikClot, Celox, and HemCon. What they do is quickly cause the blood to clot, stopping the bleeding much faster. These are best used in large wounds where the risk of death from blood loss is high. These can be more expensive than other first aid items, but they literally can mean the difference between life and death in severe trauma.
  4. Putting toothpaste on a insect sting can stop the pain
  5. Baking soda is an excellent antacid
  6. Tongue Depressors: The main use for them is as a finger split. The best way to treat a broken or severely sprained finger is to immobilize it. They’re also good for kindling if you need to make a fire
  7. Eating activated charcoal will bind ingested chemicals and poisons, and can assist in keeping your body ingesting them any further.
  8. Aloe Vera gel takes the heat out of burns, but so does the sap of an Aloe plant, it is also used to help speed up the process of healing.
  9. Natural yogurt stops the irritation and clears vaginal thrush
  10. Natural yogurt takes the heat out of sunburn
  11. A strong magnet will draw metal to the surface of a wound
  12. Olive oil smothers head lice killing them. Repeat after 5 days
  13. Olive oil treats psoriasis and dry eczema preventing cracking
  14. Cling wrap is the ideal covering for burns
  15. Flexible Drinking Straws:  If you have ever been down for the count, you know how difficult it is to drink out of cup or bottle when you can barely hold your head up.  In addition, drinking from a straw is more sanitary in that after doing so, the straw can be disposed of in a hazardous waste bags; no washing required.
  16. Cinnamon sticks in a jar with water makes antiseptic mouthwash
  17. White vinegar treats fungal nail infection. 1 part vinegar 2 parts water
  18. Duct tape will hold a large wound together until you can deal with it
  19. Scrape stings out with an ATM card.  Pinching it out puts more venom in
  20. Sanitary towels make excellent pressure dressings
  21. Seal a sucking chest wound with a plastic bag fixed on 3 sides over the wound
  22. Clove oil relieves toothache
  23. Strong, cooled black tea relieves conjunctivitis
  24. Parsley stops bad breath and contains  masses of vitamin C and vitamin A
  25. Eggshell is the best form of calcium supplement
  26. Olive oil loosens solid earwax
  27. Tampons and Maxi-pads:  While using these for their normal role is one aspect, they also have uses in first aid. Tampons are good for plugging up puncture wounds and the pads make good dressings. Just make sure you get the non-scented type so you’re not injecting the scent chemical into the wound.
  28. Natural sugar can assist in healing wounds, just pour it on.
  29. Tampons work well to plug penetrating wounds
  30. Curved upholstery needles are good for suturing wounds
  31. Dental floss is a good substitute for suture material in emergencies.
  32. Toothpaste applied to a blister or cold sore will dry them up
  33. A patch of duct tape over a wart will kill it. Change patch daily.
  34. Cut toe nails straight across to prevent in growing and infection
  35. A small blob of softened candle wax can seal a tooth where a filling is lost
  36. Pleasant smells lift the spirit and enhance your mood
  37. Trace elements in homemade chicken soup does make you feel better
  38. Sniffing onions or vapour rub causes tears which washes debris from eyes
  39. Safety Pins:  While this seems like a common item found in first aid kits, you would be surprised at how many kits don’t have any. Not only can you hold bandages in place with these, but they are also good for digging out splinters. They’re safety design makes them easy to carry in your kit.
  40. Petroleum jelly seals grazes and stops bacteria entering the wound
  41. Keep a hand/foot dressing in place with a fingerless rubber glove
  42. Hold an arm/leg dressing in place with cut off piece of panty hose
  43. Strap a broken finger/toe with tape to an unbroken one next to it
  44. Strap two broken fingers together to immobilize them
  45. If you can’t wash your clothes seal them in bags for 5 days to kill typhus lice
  46. Damp dust weekly to prevent mite infestation
  47. Clean wounds however minor as soon as possible to prevent infection
  48. Never burst blisters it lets infection in. Blister fluid is sterile.
  49. Barley water relieves cystitis. (Boil grain and drink the juice)
  50. Cranberry juice relieves cystitis
  51. Spirits:  The higher the alcohol content, the better. Spirits can be used to sterilize instruments and clean wounds.  Unlike isopropyl alcohol, spirits can be ingested internally to dull the patients pain prior to an invasive procedure when anesthetics are unavailable.
  52. If you must lance an abscess use a sterile needle inserted at the bottom to aid drainage
  53. Flies spread disease. Clear all waste,  food, human and pet immediately
  54. Never give alcohol to hypothermia patients, it will cool them more
  55. Re-warm hypothermia victims with gentle heat and do it slowly
  56. Don’t rub areas you suspect to be frost bitten it causes more damage
  57. Prevent scurvy with adequate vitamin C
  58. Prevent rickets with adequate vitamin D
  59. Prevent spina bifida in babies with folic acid in pregnancy
  60. Prevent anemia with adequate iron intake. Cast iron cookware helps
  61. Prevent bone/tooth  problems with adequate calcium
  62. Prevent pregnancy by using natural sponge as a barrier to ejaculate
  63. Natural sponge can also be a reusable feminine hygiene product
  64. Razor Blades:  You might be wondering why the heck razor blades are suggested for the first aid kit.  The single most important reason is that in order to get a proper fit with your N95 or N100 mask , you are going to need to have a clear patch of skin.  If you are ever in a situation where a protective mask is required, it will be handy to have razor blades right there in your kit, ready to go. It also might be a good idea to have a hank of denim so that you can strop the used blades and gives them a near indefinite life.
  65. Liquid Bandage: Though this has become more popular, surprisingly, many people still don’t know about it. Liquid bandage, like New Skin, is just like it sounds: you apply a the liquid to a small wound and within minutes, it dries into a protective bandage. It’s good for keeping out dirt, germs and water, without the annoyance of a bandage.

If you can think of any other items not listed here that should be added to the list, please let us know about it over at: www.facebook.com/mostprepared

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Things you’ll need for Sanitation when SHTF!

In most disaster scenarios or any kind of end of the world as we know it type event, sanitation is going to be a major problem. After an earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, in a war zone, or during a pandemic, your surroundings as well as your immediate area can and will be contaminated with germs, viruses and disease. That means any common or public area is going to be extremely dangerous.

Sewers and septic tanks are going to leak / overflow into the surrounding areas, they can potentially contaminate groundwater, lakes, and water pipelines. Without garbage trucks, dead animals and trash will quickly pile up and create breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Most people will not dispose of their waste properly, and it will more than likely seep into waterways. Petroleum byproducts, oil, gasoline and the like from damaged or submerged vehicles is likely to spread into the earth. To make matters even worse, the increased stress of the situation will lead to a weakening of your immune system. So what can you do?

Ideally, you’ll want to stay inside as long as possible. But if the crisis lasts for long, you’re going to have to go outside eventually. Here are some supplies you should start stocking up on now (in alphabetical order):

1. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes – Great for cleaning any surface areas that are touched often.

2. Drinking Water – You’ll need at least a gallon per person per day. Two gallons would be even better because you’ll also need clean water to bathe yourself with. If you run out of clean water, you’ll have to boil whatever water you can find. A roiling boil for 1 minute should do it. (Rain water must be boiled, too.) If you don’t have room to store a lot of drinking water or don’t have enough fuel to boil water everyday, I recommend buying a Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter. This will clean up to 13000 gallons of water before the filter needs to be replaced.

3. Feminine Hygiene Products – Self explanatory.

4. Hydrogen peroxide – For treatment of minor cuts, scrapes and burns. Can also be used as a gargle or mouth rinse.

5. Nitrile Gloves – Wear these while cleaning and dealing with waste.

6. Pampers Baby Fresh Wipes – These are great for cleaning yourself if you don’t have enough clean water for bathing.

7. Paper Towels – For drying off after washing yourself. Don’t just use the same cloth towels over and over.

8. Portable Toilet – You may need this if the water tap stops flowing. Don’t forget to buy some small trash bags to use as liners, or consider installing the tried and true ‘Outhouse’ on your property if you are able.

9. Instant Hand Sanitizer – Use it when you get up, after you go to the bathroom, before cooking, before you eat, basically all the time!

10. Regular Unscented Bleach – This kind of bleach has a longer shelf life, and it can also be used to purify water.

11. Toilet Paper – There’s an old survivalist joke that when TSHTF, toilet paper will be worth its weight in gold. I wouldn’t be surprised if this actually happened.

12. Toothbrushes and Toothpaste – Remember, the mouth is the dirtiest part of the body.

13. Trash Bags – You’ll need somewhere to put all those dirty baby wipes. You can never have too many trash bags, they can also be used to place any deceased animals found in/around your shelter into.

14. Rubber Gloves – You’ll need these for when you have to interact with potentially contaminated materials.

15. Learn to make your own soaps using wood ash as the base, this will help if it’s not a disaster situation, but a end of the world as we know it type event.

Remember, the best way to prevent disease is to avoid getting one in the first place. Wash your hands!