Welcome to week #13 in the “Survival Kit Ideas: A week by week approach” series.
This series is all about making it simple and do-able (and a bit fun!) to get a survival kit (aka 72 hr kit, bug out bag etc) put together for you and your family: something that will help you care for yourself without the aid of others for at least 3 days!
Creating such a kit can be overwhelming and financially difficult to do all at once. So, through this series, I’ve broken it down for you into 26 small steps! Just take one small baby step each week and in 6 months you will have a well stocked kit!
You can even go through the series a few times over a year or two adding just the most basic supplies the first 6 months and then a few more “extra” supplies each time you cycle through it again. No need to get overwhelmed. Just do what you can!
I hope all of you were able to add some different sanitizing items to your kit last week.
Week #13: Other First Aid Supplies
You should now have a basic first aid kit as well as bandages and a way to sanitize and clean wounds and work areas. This week, we will round out your first aid kit by adding other less used, but very important items. Like the last 2 weeks, many of these things may come in a pre-made first aid kit. If you haven’t yet, I would suggest clicking on the above link and purchasing a pre-made kit or picking one up on Amazon or a local retailer. Many readers have mentioned finding some discounted kits at Walmart. And reader Monica, whose husband is an EMT suggests galls.com. She says they offer high quality items & kits that contain more than “just 300 bandaids!” I have looked into purchasing things separately or in a pre-made kit many times, and it is always less expensive to order the pre-made kit.
Here is a list of some additional first aid supplies I would suggest you consider adding to your kit. (we will be adding meds next week). If you pre-made kit doesn’t include these, you could consider adding them separately. If you have additional suggestions, I’d love to hear them in the comments!
- Sting Relief Gel / Cream
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Finger Splints
- Soft Splints (such as SAM…check galls.com)
- Iodine Tablets (very important if you live near a nuclear power plant like I do)
- Cold Packs
- Suture Kit
- Snake Bite Kit and / or Poison extractor
- Latex Gloves (the blue nitrile would be even better in case you need to help someone with a latex allergy…thanks to reader Tom for this suggestion)
- Burn Relief Gel or Dressing (or both). This one is my absolute favorite (see details below)
- Disposable Thermometers
- CPR Shield
- First Aid Survival Pocket Guide or playing cards
- Dust Masks
- Needle (thanks to reader Marcia for this tip!)
- Poison ivy treatment
- Sunburn ointment (thanks to reader Gayle for those last two!)
- A pen light to check pupils (thanks to reader Monica for this tip. Check galls.com)
- Super Glue (see comment here from reader Larry for tips on this!)
What we have done in our family:
I do not yet have everything on this list in my kit. I have prioritized what is most important to us and add things when I am able. When I started as a THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) consultant, the only things we had in our kit from this list were antibiotic cream, scissors and burn relief. I have added quite a bit since then (a benefit to being a THRIVE Life consultant)! I do not yet have poison ivy treatment, a pen light, or any soft splints. I suggest you prioritize this list according to what is most important to your family and get what you can now. Then, cycle back through the series. You will come to this week again and can add more. There may be some things you never add, such as the snake bite kit if you don’t live near snakes! Point is, this is a very comprehensive list, don’t get hung up on trying to do it ALL right NOW.
And a comment about this burn gel. I LOVE it! The first time I used it was about 3 years ago. I had put a saucepan in the oven, cooked something and then taken it out and set it on the stovetop. Well, a few seconds later, I grabbed the handle and picked up the pan…and then promptly dropped it! I just didn’t think….the handles aren’t usually hot! It was an awful burn that started to blister in seconds. I couldn’t move my fingers. A friend brought over this gel and I slathered it on. Within hours, it felt much better and by morning all the blisters were gone. It was as if nothing had happened just a couple days later. It also comes in individual packets. I highly recommend you get some in your kit!
And don’t forget….
Add $1 per person to your survival kit this week. Make sure you use $1 bills and / or quarters.
How About You? /
Leave me a comment and tell me what you will be adding to your kit. Why? How are you going to “beef up” the supplies in your basic kit?
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