10 things your first aid kit should have (but probably doesn't)

Prepper's First Aid Checklist
Ten things your first aid kit should have

Bandages. Check! Alcohol wipes. Check! Antiseptic. Check!
Ammonia inhalant. What? Ammonia inhalant! Uh-oh.

You may think your
prepper's first aid kit is complete, but until
you add these essentials, like, ammonia inhalant, you'll feel
your first aid kit isn't up to snuff! For your prepper first aid kit,
we've compiled a list of ten "must have" items for preparedness
that go beyond the ordinary. Make sure your first aid kit is ready
for emergencies when help is not available with these supplies
that offer an extra measure of protection.

Ten Things that Might Be Missing from your First Aid Kit:

#1: Ammonia inhalants (a.k.a smelling salts).
Your first aid kit is not complete without an aromatic stimulant
to assist in reviving victims of fainting or shock. Ammonia
inhalants provide the extra level of assistance you may need to
save a life! In the old days, they called these "smelling salts."

The modern day smelling salts, ammonia inhalants, give your
nervous system a jump start by providing an increase of oxygen
to the brain. These inhalants blend with alcohol to tingle your
nostrils with the pungent power of ammonia.

#2 Analog thermometer (mercury-free).
The Geratherm mercury free oral thermometer for temperature
measurement is a traditional shake down glass analog
thermometer, which means you can use it in a grid down
scenario. Because it has no batteries, you're always prepared.
Back in the day, analog thermometers contained dangerous
mercury. Today, you'll find the mercury-free varieties of both
oral and rectal thermometers. The Germatherm mercury-free
oral thermometer pictured at the top of the page is so
inexpensive at around $6.34 and with free shipping, that you
can't help but want to add this important piece of equipment to
your first aid kit.

#3 Visine Eye Drops.  
The extreme trauma of eye pain is something you don't know
until you've experienced it first hand! Visine provides irritation
relief to hydrate, moisturize, soothe, and refresh eyes.

Already have Visine eye drops in your preps? Get another! You'll
need at least two bottles because once you accidentally hit the
surface of your eye or your face, the bottle becomes
contaminated and can't help you resolve your eye irritation.

#4. Dental Medic (Dental first Aid Kit).
Dental emergencies can bring the happiest of preppers to their
knees in agony. That's why preppers have a dental medic kit to
round off their medical and first aid kit supplies. The Dental
Medic contains the essentials for treating dental pain and injury
when a dentist isn't available, from basic supplies like floss,
cotton, and oral anaesthetic to more advanced components like
temporary cavity filling mixture and dental wax. The Dental
Medic kit is a "must have" for any bug out bag or survival plan.
Take care of a lost filling, or a fractured tooth quickly and easily.

  • Tip: If you already have a dental medic kit, consider
    enhancing your dental medic kit by adding Clove Oil. The
    warm, pungent oils of clove have served historically for
    digestive, dental and skin health.  Applied topically, cloves
    help numb to ease dental pain.

#5: Antihistimine medicine.

  • Benadryl. Benadryl can aid in alleviating the allergic
    reactions of bee stings, mosquito bites, poison oak and
    poison ivy. It also works as a sleep aid in a pinch!
    AllerClear, by Kirkland is a popular non-drowsy

  • Claritin or equivalent. For relief of sneezing, runny nose,
    itchy and watery eyes, itchy throat or nose, turn to Claritin
    or generic antihistamine for indoor and outdoor allergies.

  • Hydrocoritisone anti-itch cream. Your first aid kit should
    also have, Hydro cortisone anit-ithc cream. Help heal and
    itchy rash and thereby prevent infection with a hydro
    cortisone anti-itch cream, such as from the brand name
    Aveeno, pictured immediate left.

#6: Adventure Medical Kits foot care (Glacergel blister and
burn, plus Blister medic moleskin).
You won't be able to walk another mile if you don't have proper
foot care.

  • GlacierGel Blister and Burn Sterile Adhesive Dressing.
    Glaciergelhydrogel dressings provide instant pain relief.
    GlacierGel Blister and Burn Adhesive Dressing is an
    essential first aid ointment for dealing with sore feet.

  • Blister medic. Hand in hand (or hand in foot) with having a
    blister and burn gel handy, is having the moleskin to
    protect from foot injuries in the first place. Moleskin is a
    backpacker's best friend, and preppers on the bugout will
    appreciate this essential first aid kit item too.

#7 Benzalkonium Chloride Towelettes.
Alcohol-free and Latex-free, Benzalkonium Chloride Towelettes
are non-toxic and non-irritating. This antiseptic / germicide is
used to prevent risk of infection. Pictured immediate right,
Benzalkonium Chloride Towelettes provides bactericidal and
cleansing action for both hospital and personal use, and yet
these soothing pads are gentle enough to use everyday.

#8 Compression bandages.
Your first aid kit may have an Ace-style bandage for sprains,
but it likely is missing a compression bandage. A compression
bandage is necessary to control bleeding by applying pressure.
Dynarex Sensi Wrap, pictured immediate left, is a lightweight
self-adherent compression bandage which sticks to itself, but
not to other material or skin. It's an occlusive wrap - you can
tear the wrap without the aid of scissors and the dressing sticks
to itself so you don't need an adhesive to hold it in place.

  • Tip: Another excellent use of a compression bandage
    is to use it like moleskin. Apply to areas, such as the
    toes, where they rub on athletic shoes to prevent
    friction and thereby the pain associated.

#9: Trauma shears.
You may need to cut off clothing to get to the injuries and
that's when you'll appreciate having trauma shears in your
advanced prepper's first aid kit. Trauma shears are angled to
get through the fabric so you can access the wound as
effectively as possible. Ordinary scissors won't do because they
aren't sterile and they also risk even more injury because they
are not angled. So don't cut it out of your prepper's first aid it.

#10. Activated Charcoal Tablets (toxin adsorption*).
Activated charcoal tablets are the prepper poison control
solution, and an option in emergencies when poison control
operators are not available to help you as with a grid down
scenario. Make way for Nature's Way Activated Charcoal
capsules, pictured right. Nature's Way Activated Charcoal (from
Indian Hardwood) is commonly used to adsorb* digestive gas.
It also protects the body from overdosing on harmful toxic
substances. Because of its large surface area, activated
charcoal has high adsorption properties, meaning that it keeps
certain substances from being absorbed in the body's
gastrointestinal tract.

* Note: adsorption, not absorption, refers to adhesion of atoms,
ions, molecules from a dissolved solid, liquid or gas. The
adsorption process flushes poison and toxins from the body.

Eight First Aid Kit Additions...
Here are ten unconventional additions to your first aid kit.

  1. Antibacterial soap and water packet. You'll need to wash
    wounds and yet fresh running water is something you may
    not have access. If you have a bottle of water it can help
    irrigate a wound or hydrate someone who has suffered from
    heat exposure.
  2. Old credit card or gift card. Your first aid kit should
    include an expired credit card or gift card. Why? Because
    you may not have your wallet available with your first aid
    kit (think backpacking a nature walk or a trip to the beach).
    The plastic is useful for such things as getting the jelly fish
    tentacles off, or dealing with a wasp sting.
  3. Sanitary pads and tampons. Not only will you always
    have protection ready for a feminine emergency, but with a
    tampon or a sanitary pad you'll be able to help stop a flesh
    wound until you can get help.
  4. Syringe. A syringe (even a used and cleaned one) is useful
    to irrigate flesh wounds, provided you have fresh water
    with which to irrigate! Go back to #1 and add a water
    packet or water bottle.
  5. Safety pins. There are many things you can do with a
    sterile safety pin. If you have those alcohol swabs in your
    kit, don't use them on the skin, instead use them to help
    you sterlize safety pins or tweezers. Still wondering what
    to do with a safety pin and want to know why they're
    included in those safety kits? Read more about why they
    include safety pins in first aid kits.
  6. Tea bags. Tea is an ideal survival item. Click the link, left
    to learn why do they put those tea bags in survival kits?
  7. Hard candy. A lollipop an quell a young child who may be
    anxious about having a splinter or bee stinger removed. It
    can come in useful too for a diabetic who may need a little
    lift of sugar.
  8. Plastic bags. Plastic bags can help with burns! First cool
    the burn with cold water. After ten minutes you can apply a
    plastic bag to help keep the burn clean until you can get to
    medical help. Here's the British advisory on the topic:

Add plastic bags to your survival list! Here is our page on how
plastic bags could save your life.

Happy endings...
Book mark this page, so you can add these items to your
Amazon shopping list* however, remember that in the end, it's
not about the things you've accumulated, which will help you
survive. Prepping is about combining your skills, hobbies and
interests to survive whatever comes your way.

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