A Survival First Aid Kit is a necessity for anyone interested in disaster preparedness. There is a problem though; many people just play at preparedness like it is a game. They might have a first aid kit lying around but they don’t know what’s in it or whether it even has everything that they need. They have become dangerously complacent. They assume that if something bad happens an EMT will arrive with sirens blaring and save the day…just minutes after they place an emergency phone call. During a National emergency or a disaster their complacency just might cost them a life.
During a major emergency or disaster there
might will be injuries and it may be days before the injured can reach appropriate help. It is completely feasible that your survival first aid kit will save a life or a limb…maybe even your own! Your first aid kit is one of the most important items in your survival gear kit.
Okay, now that I have your attention, exactly what should you have in your survival first aid kit? Is it okay to buy a commercial one or should you put one together yourself? Both questions depend on several factors but it all boils down to this: A good first aid kit is one that will meet your needs.
You may be wondering just how in the world you will know what is needed during this hypothetical future emergency. Truthfully, you can’t, not with 100% accuracy. You can get very close though by carefully considering your environment and evaluating any potential threats.
For instance, if you live in a cold environment a thermal blanket would be good to include in your kit. If there are poisonous snakes where you live then a snakebite kit is in order. You get the idea.
I like to carry the following items in my family survival first aid kit:
- Carrying case. It can be made out of anything but if it is going into a backpack a soft case is recommended. An old soft purse should work fine.
- 25 adhesive bandages (Band-aids) of various sizes .
- 2 rolls of adhesive cloth tape. Get one roll of ½ inch wide and one that is one inch wide.
- 2 compress dressings 5 x 9 inches.
- Small box (18) of Butterfly bandages (Also known as Steri-Strips, Adhesive Sutures, and Adhesive Closures).
- 10 (4 x 4 inch) individually wrapped sterile gauze dressings.
- 10 (2 x 2 inch) individually wrapped sterile gauze dressings.
- 2 rolls of 4 inch wide roller gauze bandage.
- 2 rolls of 3 inch wide roller gauze bandage.
- 2 Triangular Bandage (very useful for making slings).
- 1 tube of Neosporin or Bacitracin Ointment as a topical antibiotic.
- 1 small bottle (4 oz) of povidone-iodine 10% (Betadine).
- 2 ice packs.
- 1 tube of First Degree Therapeutic Burn Cream.
- 1 (4 inch) Ace Bandage.
- 1 piece of moleskin (4 x 4 inch) for blisters.
- 1 60 cc Syringe for wound irrigation.
- 1 small bottle of aspirin.
- I box of Benadryl (24 tablets, 25 mg/tablet) for allergies.
- 2 pair of non-latex gloves (large).
- 1 small vial of eyewash.
- Bandage scissors. The blunt kind will not inflict another injury.
- 1 pair of tweezers.
- 2 safety pins.
- 1 MICROSHIELD (for CPR).
- First Aid Manual such as the FastAct Pocket First Aid Guide.
Other items that you may want to include:
- Activated charcoal caps (helps absorb poisons).
- 36 inch Universal Aluminium Splint.
- Survival Blanket.
Here is a good video showing a compact lightweight survival first aid kit.
A good first aid guide isn’t any substitute for training. Everyone in the family should get some first aid training from the Red Cross or another suitable organization in your area.
A good practice is to maintain a survival first aid kit in your vehicle, home, bug out bag, and even your EDC bag. You always want quick access to your kit.
It is also a good idea to check the contents of your survival first aid kit every 3-6 month and replace anything that has expired or has been used. This is also a good time to reevaluate your needs and adjust the kit for any changes that have happened. Once you build your first aid kit and an emergency happens that requires first aid, you will know that you have done your best to be truly prepared.