Introduction – First-Aid Kit

Chances are you have a small first aid kit around somewhere. Perhaps you picked it up when you were in the pharmacy, thinking it would be handy to have around. But have you ever looked to see what’s inside that first-aid kit? If it’s like most pre-made kits, it really isn’t going to be much help for anything more serious than a scraped knee.

A good first-aid kit is a critical piece of equipment to have around for emergency situations. During any emergency, medical services are overwhelmed. Even if you can get to the hospital or can get an ambulance to your home, you may have to wait for hours to get the service you need.

Having a well-stocked first-aid kit can literally mean the difference between life and death; especially in a crisis situation where medical services are overwhelmed. The ability to take care of minor injuries in your own home is something every family needs.

The Details

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages. This is probably the most basic first-aid supply. Adhesive bandages are helpful for all types of minor cuts and scrapes. The fabric type are much better as they are more flexible and stick to your skin better. While more expensive, they are worth it.
  • Large Bandages. Some injuries require more than a simple adhesive strip. If you are going to be prepared, then be prepared for large injuries as well, such as gunshot wounds or wounds caused by power tools. Sanitary napkins make excellent bandages for large wounds and can be less expensive than the big gauze pads.
  • Blood Clotting Agent. People can bleed to death from serious injuries. A blood clotting agent, such as Celox, will help the wound to clot faster, reducing the total blood loss.
  • Medical Tape. Most large bandages do not come with adhesive strips on them so they must be held in place with medical tape. There are many types of medical tape available, but the best are the cohesive bandages made of a stretchy material that sticks to itself. It’ multi-functional and causes no pain when removing the dressing.
  • Antiseptic. Before bandaging, it is necessary to clean out the wound and apply something to kill any bacteria that might have entered through the broken skin. Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are used for cleaning, and then antiseptic should be applied.
  • Adhesive Sutures. A large cut needs to be closed up for healing, as well as being bandaged. If you were to go to the hospital, they would close that wound with stitches. Unless you have been trained in how to do that, you’re better off using adhesive sutures. Just make sure that the skin is clean and dry where the suture will be attached.
  • CPR Mask. Modern CPR techniques use a mask between the unconscious person and the one who is trying to revive them. The purpose of this is to avoid direct contact with bodily fluids (mostly saliva), which is the fastest way of transmitting a virus.
  • Glucosameter. Used by diabetics everywhere, these small electronic devices measure the blood sugar level. While most diabetics have high blood sugar, which causes long-term problems, low blood sugar can cause several short-term problems. Loss of strength, dizziness, loss of mental clarity and even unconsciousness can be caused by low blood sugar.
  • Blood Pressure Cuff. High and low blood pressure can cause a number of problems as well. This is one of the key vital signs that medical personnel use to determine a patient’s overall medical condition.
  • Ear Thermometer. Another vital sign that medical personnel look for is temperature. While an oral thermometer works, an in-the-ear model is both faster and more accurate.
  • Aluminum Splint. Broken bones need to be immobilized. While just about anything can be used to splint them, aluminum splint material is universal. This is an aluminum strip coated with a layer of foam rubber on one side. It can be formed to the necessary size and configuration by hand, making it very quick and convenient to use.
  • Elastic Bandage. When it is necessary to support a joint due to a sprain, an elastic bandage is used. They are also useful for holding an aluminum splint in place. These come in a variety of widths to accommodate different sized joints. Keep a variety of sizes on hand, from 2 inches through 6 inches.
  • Tweezers and a Magnifying Glass. Splinters can be painful and get infected. With a pair of tweezers and a magnifying glass, they can be easily removed.
  • Eye Cup and Saline. The best way to get something out of the eye, such as chemicals or dust, is to flush it with water. This is done by using an eye cup filled with saline solution.
  • Syrup of Ipecac. If something that is potentially poisonous is swallowed, the best thing to do is induce vomiting. Syrup of Ipecac is used specifically for this purpose, especially for children.
  • Instant Cold Pack. In the case of many injuries, such as a twisted ankle or a sprained wrist, putting something cold on it can reduce the swelling and associated pain. However, this must be done quickly before it has a chance to swell. Cold packs are the perfect way of doing this, especially when ice isn’t available.
  • Rubber Gloves. Just like the CPR mask is designed to protect the care giver from becoming infected by air, rubber gloves are needed as well to protect picking up bacteria and viruses through touch.
  • Pain Reliever. Maybe aspirin seems a bit obvious for this list, but it is an important ingredient in any first-aid kit. Most of the time that someone is injured, a few pain relievers are necessary. They also work to prevent swelling, which is important for many types of injuries.

The Bottom Line

Of course, having all that stuff in your first-aid kit doesn’t do you much good if you don’t know how to use it. While pretty much everyone knows how to apply an adhesive bandage, most people don’t really know how to do much more than that when treating injuries. Take the time to learn.

There are lots of excellent videos online about basic first-aid care. Take the time to view instructional videos and even to practice using the things in your kit. While not always so, there are times when mere seconds count. Knowing how to use what you have could make all the difference in the world for someone close to you.

By now you have some idea of what it means to be a
prepper, and you are probably chomping at the bit to get
started collecting your own survival supplies.

It can be a daunting project at first. On the one hand,
you want as many preps at home as soon as possible, but on
the other hand, covering all your bases would take a hefty

I wish that I could tell you that you can have it all, but
the truth is that you are going to have to decide which is
more important to you:

Amassing preps quickly – or – Amassing preps cheaply

You will also have to decide whether it is more important
to have the highest quality preps or to have higher

Prepping is all about prioritizing. If you are not already
a master prioritizer, then prepping will help you develop
the skills to get there.

To help you get started, here are seven strategies that
you can use when building your disaster supplies.

1. Prepper kits… and we're done!

For the prepper who has no shortage of money and wants to
feel safe as soon as possible, there are a great number of
survivalist kits available.

You don't have to calculate your family's calorie needs or
learn to make 500 different dishes with rice and beans;
all you need to do is buy a six- or twelve-month food kit.

You don't have to go through the trouble of researching
and building a bug-out bag or car kit because they're
available pre-made online.

First-aid kits, water purification kits, survival cooking
kits, survival knife kits, survival garden kits … these
can all be bought and shipped to your location.

Even if there are some quite competitively priced kits out
there, you are going to end up spending a lot of money.
That is just not a possibility for everyone.

For others, stocking only these ready-made kits is
unthinkable because generic kits are not tailored to their
individual needs.

It is hard to argue with the convenience, though, of
being fully prepared as soon as your kit arrives.

2. Starting with what's lethal

Everyone who doesn't have more money than they have time
is going to have to decide where to start with this
overwhelming task of prepping.

One way to go about it is starting with what could kill

Do you have severe allergies? If so, what would happen if
you got an allergic reaction while the roads are blocked
or there is no one home to drive you to the hospital?

What would you do if you cut yourself deeply while
cooking? Do you have the tools on hand to handle that
until you can get to a medical professional?

Do you have extremely cold winters and rely only on an
electric heating system?

With this strategy, you won't be prepared for everything
immediately, but you will survive deadly scenarios!

3. Starting with what is likely

If you don't want to start with what is lethal, you can
start with what is most likely. This is a very simple and
efficient way of prioritizing your shopping.

In its very essence, this strategy asks the question: Am I
most likely to lose my job or live through a zombie

If the answer is “zombie apocalypse,” that's the scenario
you'll prepare for first.

Of course, you will probably start by preparing for a
power outage, an accident, a lost job or being snowed in
and then work your way up.

You won't be prepared for everything for a long time, but
the odds will always be in your favor.

4. Starting with the short-term

Prepping for the short-term first, moving into the
long-term later, is the shopping strategy many preppers

This way, you are not making guesses as to what kinds of
situations you ought to be preparing for. You are
preparing for them all, but starting small.

The upside is that you are preparing for a wide range of

The downside is that some of those scenarios may last for
much longer in duration than what you will be ready for
in quite some time.

5. Low-budget strategies

The prepper who has a strict budget to work with has many
great strategies to apply in combination with one of the
last three shopping priorities.

Classic low-budget strategies such as buying in bulk,
buying from wholesale corporations and clipping coupons
can, with great benefit, be used by preppers.

Preppers with a cash trickle instead of a cash flow, who
find it difficult to justify large purchases even to
justify savings, can start by buying just a few extra
items on each shopping trip.

Truly handy preppers can create their own preps by buying
produce very cheaply at the end of the season and canning
or drying it themselves.

6. Quality over quantity

If you are a stickler for quality, you may choose to prep
more slowly in order to save up money for the very best.

If that is the case, know now that you are in good
company. The survivalist and prepper communities are full
of people who share a love for fine things – especially
if those high-quality things involve knives, tools and

Better quality often means better durability. Beware,
though, of dooming yourself to inertia simply because you
want the best. Sometimes it is better to compromise.

7. The middle road

It's okay to want the best, but sometimes you have to
settle. Maybe you can invest in the best possible knife,
but spend less on a handgun?

Maybe the best costs so much that you are saying no to a
large number of crucial preps when something a little less
perfect would do just as well.

You have to weigh the cost of having the best of the best
against your need to take care of you and your family.

Otherwise, you may have a great knife but go hungry in a
disaster. And that's what we will talk about next time!

Don't forget to watch this crucial video to discover all
the essential items you need to stockpile (because they
will sell out INSTANTLY following a crisis):