A well-stocked first aid kit is a must-have in your home, car, and of course, your survival kit. And here at Survivingtactics.com, we like to be prepared. Not only does it give you peace of mind, but it is also practical for common injuries and comes in handy when there are severe injuries.
Accidents are part of outdoor life, and a first aid kit will help you to speedily treat any injuries because you have everything in one place. It also helps prevent further complications from an injury like infection or excessive blood loss when treated early.
What to Include in Your First aid Kit
You may find that a bought first aid kit may have important things specific to you missing. This is because most are designed for the general population. This is why assembling lifesaving items for your first aid kit can go a long way to ensuring you are well-prepared in case of an emergency. As a rule of thumb, make sure you have more than one.
Before building your kit, you will need to assess
- Who you’re building it for, and why. A first aid kit for a family is different than that of a single person. Also, a basic first aid kit will require fewer essentials than one needed in an emergency preparedness kit.
- Where do you plan to store the kit? Will the kit go in your car, house, or bug-out bag? The risks you may face at home may differ from those you face outdoors.
- Your location. It is important to consider where you are or will be against the nearest medical facility or help center.
- Allergies or medical conditions. Any specific medical requirements you or your family member have should be included in the kit.
When building your kit, you need to think about the case where you will store the supplies. You could go for a pouch, bag, or case. Ensure the case is long-lasting and can weather the elements. If you choose a pouch or bag, check that the zips are strong enough and will not tear easily. You can find a medical pouch or case online.
Dressings and Bandages
- Compress dressings
- Adhesive bandages (the more, the better)
- Roller bandages
- Sterile gauze pads
- Hydrogen peroxide for cleaning wounds and scissors.
- Sterile gauze pads
- Burn pads
- Triangular bandages (that can be used as a sling)
- Antiseptic wipes
- Alcoholic wipes
- Sterile eye dressings
Medications and Ointments
- Painkillers like paracetamol (for younger children), aspirin, or ibuprofen for pain relief and fevers.
- Cold and flu medication. Include lozenges for coughs.
- Antihistamine tablets or cream for any allergy reactions
- Hydrocortisone cream to relieve itchiness, redness, or any inflammation.
- Antacids, laxatives, and activated charcoal for stomach problems.
- Antibiotic ointment for infections
- Any prescribed medications you or a family member take, such as insulin or high blood pressure and heart medication.
- Insect-repellant for outdoor activities
- Gloves. Go for latex-free gloves as there are safer in case someone has an allergy to latex
- Safety pins
- Cotton balls
- Distilled water
- Emergency blanket
- A cold pack or cold compress
You can add other supplies that are not related to injury, such as:
- A paper and pencil or pen to help you document anything that a health worker may need to know
- A flashlight just in case it is at night or when there are no lights
- A manual detailing what is inside and how to use it. A manual will be helpful if the one using the kit has not taken a first aid course or is generally unprepared
- Furthermore, emergencies are tricky, and you may forget how to use the supplies in an emergency
- Duct tape
- Toilet paper or tissues
If you Choose to Buy
For those who would like to avoid the hustle of assembling a first aid kit, buying one is easier. If you choose to buy, get a first aid kit that:
- Is durable. Ensure the case is waterproof.
- Is compact enough for where you are going. If you are going for a short hike or camp, a small first-aid kit with basic essentials will work. A longer trip will require more.
- Has a manual. A good first aid kit should have a manual with what is inside and how to use them.
Some of the Best First-aid Kits Include:
- EVERLIT 250 First Aid Kit.
- The Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Backpacker Medical Kit
- FalconTac Carry Trauma Kit
- First Aid Only 298 Piece All-Purpose First Aid Emergency Kit (FAO-442)
- SURVIVEWARE First Aid Kit
- My Medic MyFak First Aid Kit
Keep your first aid kit in a cool and dry place and ensure it is out of reach for children. Always check it regularly to update it according to changing needs and remove expired products and medications. You can schedule a periodic review of the kit. This will help you familiarize yourself with the kit. Additionally, consider going for first aid training.