First Aid Kits

By Matthew Stein, P.E., Author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance and Planetary Survival, ISBN #978-1933392837, published by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT (800) 639-4099 http://www.chelseagreen.com

Get yourself a decent first aid kit. Each car should have a kit and your house should have one. Most preparedness/survival suppliers stock an assortment of first aid kits, from simple to field surgical quality. Here are suggestions for a modest first aid kit:

  • 2 Ace bandages
  • 1 box of adhesive bandages (at least 12 Band-Aids) of varying sizes, with at least two 2" or larger square bandages
  • 6 butterfly bandages
  • 1 large roll of 2" cloth adhesive tape (may be torn or cut to smaller widths). Great for taping blistered heels or hands.
  • Several 4" x 4" sterile nonadhesive dressings
  • Three 3"-wide gauze rolls
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • *Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Mouth shield for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (precaution against AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis)
  • 3 sterile applicator sticks, cotton tipped
  • Alcohol and/or 10 prepackaged alcohol squares
  • Instant cold-pack/icepack
  • First aid manual
  • Thermometer
  • Safety pins and sterile needle
  • Scissors
  • Surgical rubber gloves (several pairs)
  • *Pain reliever tablets (aspirin, acetaminophen, etc.)
  • *Laxative
  • *Antidiarrhea medication
  • *Syrup of ipecac (to induce vomiting)

*NOTE: Check expiration dates and try to rotate stock every year.

Add the following items for a more advanced first aid kit:

  • Snake bite kit
  • Emergency suture kit
  • Splinting material (air splint, traction splint, hard splint, etc.)
  • Tourniquet
  • Thumb/finger splint
  • Burn gel and “second skin”
  • “Moleskin” for blisters
  • Echinacea, colloidal silver generator, and grapefruit seed extract natural antibiotics (internal). May work on bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
  • Tea tree oil natural antifungal and antibiotic (external only!). Penetrates skin to reach infections!
  • Single-edged razor blades and surgical scalpel kit
  • Kelley hemostats
  • Surgical blunt tip and pointed scissors
  • Silver nitrate to cauterize bleeding
  • Prescription antibiotics and painkillers
  • Sterile thread