How To Build Your Survival First Aid Kit Before Disaster Strikes
If something catastrophic happens to the earth or the United States people will panic. You and your family will want to be prepared with a good survival first aid kit and some skills. These include: understanding how to use first aid tools such as wound cleaning, herbals, skin stapling, CPR and other emergency gear.
When there is no way to get to an emergency room and you’re stuck at home or have to flee the area, you’ll need to know how to do a few essentials by yourself for your family’s survival.
Read further to learn the list of tools you should have ready, what they do, CPR steps, and the importance of water.
Teach this information to everyone in your home. They are important survival skills and prepping supplies.
Survival First Aid
Survival first aid can be basic or it can get complicated. It all depends on how long you want your supplies to last and how many people you have to care for. Power outages alone can last a few days to a few weeks, and in some devastating cases, months. A basic kit is most likely all you’ll need but with the horrific weather patterns in recent years you may want a military-grade kit.
If disaster strikes, bad weather or war, you’ll want to have more supplies, especially medicines, water (or a device to filter the water), and enough food—more than just your leftover canned goods.
The Survival First Aid Kit List
Remember, the amount needed for all first aid kit items is based on how many people are in your family. For example: 2-3 rolls of gauze per person, 1-2 masks per person, etc. Always remember it also depends on medical conditions each person suffers from already; then take it from there.
If you can, ask your doctor for extra medications. Usually they don’t mind, as they understand that having extra maintenance medications around is always a good thing. Otherwise, you can always get herbal remedies from health stores online that can address certain conditions as well.
Herbals Instead of Pharma You Should Know:
- High blood pressure: Hawthorne berry, Hibiscus flower (that Hawaiian flower)
- Diabetes: Ashwagandha, berberine, cinnamon, olive oil
- Immune system: Esther C, GSE oil, Ashwagandha,
- Anti-inflammatories: Quercetin, MSM
- Anxiety and Pain: CBD hemp oil, marijuana oil (if legal in your state)
- Anti-fungal: Caprylic Acid gel capsules
Learning about edible foliage and herbals you should have prepared is a great thing to do. It’s best to start learning what pharmaceuticals you can eliminate before disaster strikes. There are a ton of other items that could potentially be added to a survival first aid kit. Add or eliminate as you see fit. Obviously, more items mean more bulk to carry unless you are in your vehicle. Compact items are best. Only you can make the determination of what your family will need for certain items.
Basic Items for Survival First-Aid Kit:
- Lightsticks, flashlights, pen/pointer light, radio, batteries
- A few leather belts or a medical tourniquets, splints
- Elastic bandages, different sized gauze rolls and sheets
- Instant cold/hot packs
- Eye goggles, face masks, latex gloves
- Large/small regular scissors, medical scissors
- Skin stapler, tweezers, medical knives, scalpel
- Medical fabric tape, bandage wraps, Band-Aids
- Hydrogen Peroxide, rubbing alcohol
- Triple antibiotic ointment, betadine iodine
- Hand wipes or hand sanitizer
- Aspirin, Benadryl, Milk Thistle or Dandelion root capsules (liver cleanser)
- Snakebite kit
These items are essential to address wounds, scrapes, minor aches, pains, to remove flesh or venom, etc. Light is essential if someone gets injured in the dark. A radio can provide light, noise, and maybe you’ll hear something if there is something over the AM waves, mostly no FM in a serious disaster, as this requires point to point transmission of signals.
Various tape, bandages, gauze, goggles and masks will come in handy. Many items you can purchase cheaply at a dollar store such as peroxide, alcohol, and an assortment of bandages, as well as wipes and aspirin and Benadryl packages.
A snake bite kit is something everyone should have available. If you are a fisherman and don’t have one, now is the time! Also, instant hot and cold packs are needed. Check out your local camping or fishing store for survival gear and first aid items. Also larger chain stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot and Wal-Mart can be places to start. Health food and vitamin chain stores also carry items that may be of value for putting together your own kit.
Other Items to Consider for a larger Survival First-Aid Kit:
- Extra pharmaceuticals, diabetes and HBP meds
- Water and Dried Meal pouches
- Stethoscope (optional)
- IV kits (sometimes you have to be a doctor to order these online, some military kits are available online that have these, or learn how to make your own)
- GSE oil (grapefruit seed extract), Castor oil
- Golden Seal capsules, or fish flox
- Dental floss
- Mylar blankets, neck rest/tiny pillows
- Insulated Tent
- Insulated clothing, jackets, boots
- Baking Soda
- Body Soap, lotions
- Toothbrushes, wash clothes
- Specialty bags or backpacks for storage
The second bulleted list includes extra items or items to make the ultimate survival first aid kit. It goes above and beyond. Most of us would want these items readily available. Items that could be on the essential first aid kit would be extra pills, herbals, cornstarch and baking soda.
GSE oil (grapefruit seed oil) is a must-have because it’s high vitamin C. It not only boosts the immune system, but it could help address minor cuts and scrapes and ward off infection. Mylar blankets and boots are also essential for survival and if the person is ill they are really needed.
Cornstarch helps promote dryness on the body and can help eliminate fungus or fungal infections on the skin surface. Baking soda is a great cleaner, detox for the body when added to water. It also helps heartburn and generalized stomach bloating and indigestion; a natural stomach acid reducer. It is also great for bee stings and bites as a paste. You can also use it for homemade toothpaste.
Best First Aid Kit for Survival
There are a variety of small, medium and large kits online to consider. You can also put together your own items from the list above. Always consider the area you live in and potential threats in the environment. The larger packs online usually include more of a variety of items, or double and triples items. The military-grade one I recommend below has a stethoscope, more dressings and iodine packets—overall more stuff. I recommend getting a bottle rather than wipes of iodine, as this is a must-have, though more bulk is added with a bottle. You simply can never have too much betadine iodine.
Three of the larger survival first aid kits online to consider include:
The larger the pack the pricier it gets. It’s best to not spend less than 80 dollars on a decent kit. Most start at 100 dollars but if you feel a large kit isn’t necessary; then you’ll save some money. When it comes to health, never limit yourself for your survival first aid kit. Here are a few highly reviewed ones found on Amazon. Click the products to read Amazon’s consumer reviews.
The Stealth Angel Survival Kit
Medi-First Large Disaster Emergency Kit
Military Stomp Medical First Aid Back Pack – Full Kit
Hands-on Survival CPR: how to do a chest compression:
- Place heel of hand on the breastbone (center of the chest)
- Place left hand on top of first hand and interlock fingers
- Make sure you are positioned with your shoulders above your hands
- Use your body weight and press down 2-2.5 inches on the person’s chest
- While you keep your hands on their chest, release your hands
- Allow the person’s chest to return to the regular position
- Repeat compressions of 100-120 times a minute until medical personnel arrive or until you are tired
Hand On Survival CPR Using Rescue Breaths
If the compression CPR isn’t enough you may need to include rescue breaths. This is something to learn. If you feel confident enough, try rescue breaths along with the routine as noted above. Becoming certified in CPR is important for everyone in your family.
Steps for Rescue Breaths:
1. Tilt persons head and lift the chin to open the airway; let mouth fall naturally open a little.
2. Pinch the patient’s nostrils, closed with the (left hand)
3. Support the patient’s chin with your (right hand)
4. Take a normal breath and put your mouth over the patient’s
5. Blow until you can see their chest rise
6. Look at their chest; watch it fall back to normal state
7. Repeat rescue breaths, 5 or 6 times
8. Then you can repeat the cycle of 30 chest compressions, followed by two rescue breaths
Portable Water Filtration Kit
You and your family need clean water. From cleaning to hydrating the body, it’s necessary. So, it’s necessary to make sure you can use water from a stream if you have to. Again, these filters online are all over the board with basic to fancy. You want to make sure for survival filtration purposes you are getting rid of microbes, parasites, and anything funky that will make you sick.
For survival purposes and to make sure everyone in your family has clean water a personal system is best. Here’s a full list of survival water filters.
- LifeStraw Go Products (here’s one found on Amazon)
- Personal water filter or a water bottle (persona) system
- These start at 20 dollars and can be up to 50 dollars per person. They kill over 99% of waterborne bacteria and protozoa. The filters are good up top 1,000 liters of water per filter. Always buy a bunch of extra filters.
Larger systems range from hundred dollars to several hundred dollars-some even are in the 1,000 dollar range. It depends on your preference. But, in a disaster, you will most likely leave your home (not always) but having personal filters is a better plan. If you are able to buy a larger system to carry on your back there is always:
- Matador Hydrolite Packable Filtration Backpack
- 2-liter pack that has a hose with a built-in Sawyer Mini filter capable of purifying up to 100,000 gallons of water
There are so many on the market to choose from. It’s basically what you think you’ll need most. There are tabletop filtration systems that are perfect for your kitchen, if you wind up stay in your home as well as an assortment of kinds that are portable, as mentioned above.
Take a gander through your bathroom or hall closet. Look at the products you buy on a regular basis. Figure out how much you use and what items you consider to be essential. Then compare them to what is in a basic survival first aid kit. Then add in water, batteries, flashlights, radio, and some other basic essentials. Think about being more compact, but don’t be overly stingy – you never know what you will need during crunch time.
Author: Meredith Iager
Meredith has 13 years of writing experience online and in newspapers and studied journalism at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Over the years, she has contributed entertainment articles and reviews to various sites including FrederickNewsPost.com and Fanbolt.com.
Since 2010, she has focused on AMA and integrative health and wellness content for AngiesList.com, SteadyContent.com, and a variety of private clients. She is an avid supporter of being prepared when SHTF and growing your own food, and is pro federal legalization of marijuana.
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