72 Hour Kit Ideas Week #12: Medicine

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Welcome to week #12 in the “72 Hour Kit Ideas: A week by week approach” series.

This series is all about making it simple and do-able to get a 72 hour kit put together for you and your family.

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Last Week

I hope you were able to add to the first aid supplies in your kit last week.

Week #12: Medicine

Even if you don’t take daily prescription meds, there are some “meds” you may consider including in your kit.  Remember that “illnesses” that may seem small during everyday life (such as a headache or a cold) will be far more difficult to deal with in a disaster situation.

You will want to be your best self in every way possible, especially if you are a parent!  This week, add medicines you feel are important for your family to your kit.

While many meds are important, prescription meds can be essential and life sustaining.  If there are meds you must take on a regular basis be sure you have a supply of them in your kit.

Ideas / Options:

Other than prescription meds that you already know you need, consider the list below as you decide what to keep in your kit for your family.  You may consider putting a 3 day supply of some meds in a small zip pouch (like the ones you can find at craft stores) with a label to save on space!

  • Infant / children’s pain relief (with appropriate dropper if needed)
  • Children’s Benadryl (for allergic reactions)
  • Cold Meds
  • Allergy Meds / Antihistamines
  • Hydro-cortisone
  • Antacid tablets
  • Various types of pain relief (including Midol if you use / need it)
  • Anti-diarrhea meds and Laxatives (when under severe stress the digestive Build a robust, personalized 72 hour kit one week at a time over 26 weekssystem doesn’t always function so well!)
  • Syrup of Ipecac OR Activated Charcoal (to induce vomiting from poisoning) DO NOT use both.  I prefer Activated Charcoal
  • High blood pressure meds (Your blood pressure will be higher during times of stress.  If you have high blood pressure, include some!)
  • Insulin if necessary
  • Inhaler / asthma meds
  • Birth Control
  • Cranberry Pills (for urinary tract infections)
  • Ear Drops
  • Essential Oils (if you know how to use them)
  • An Epi-Pen (if someone in your family needs one)
  • Copies of eyeglass or contact prescriptions

What we have done in our family:

We have most of what is listed above.  We do not need any prescription meds, blood pressure meds or insulin / asthma meds.  We do not have a laxative or ear drops.   I would like to get some cranberry pills, but have not yet.

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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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  1. Caitlin says:

    This may seem kinda silly but I am planning to add some of those starbucks instant coffee packets to my food supply because, like most adults, we start our day with caffine. Everytime I give up caffine, I get terrible headaches for about 3 days and most people struggle with it even longer. I had to shovel heavy snow in that condition a few weeks ago and I thought I was going to throw up…or die. I don’t want to be in that condition in a bug-out situation. I think there are iced coffee mix ins, so I will try to get those for the ease of not needing hot water. We love these little packets for weekend camping trips.

  2. christina says:

    Since this post went around last I discovered D-MANNOSE. Instead of cranberry pills. It’s basically just the part of the cranberry that fights the infection. It is a lot more exspensive. But It works much faster and better. And u can costomise the dosage . Like for children. I found it when looking for something formy three year old. Since I couldn’t exactly give her an adult dosage of cranberry pills. Also Apple cider vinegar is great for a lot of things. From pink eye to yeast infections.

  3. Ryan says:

    These are helpful tips for emergency preparedness. These are Important things that we need in order to be ready for any emergency, disaster, or earthquake.

    Be ready or suffer the consequence.

  4. Carol says:

    I would add a small lighted magnifying glass – very helpful for splinters, reading small print on things and even can be used to start a fire.

  5. Bonnie says:

    I am slowly getting all my things together and plan to supplement a store bought kit. There are several things on the list I hadn’t really thought about and need to get. The burn gel sounds like something I need for the kit and for now, I usually end up with a burned finger or two if I am cooking in a hurry. I know we talked about gloves last week and I mentioned that I would trade out the latex gloves for non-latex due to my latex sensitivity; I would recommend that for this week too in case there are others that have it.

  6. Winona says:

    I’ll be adding a small surgical first aid kit. As much as I hate the idea, if someone needs stitches and the ambulance can’t get here, I’d rather have a chance to stop bleeding. (We live by the Missisippi and near the earthquake fault, so them not being able to get us isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility. )

  7. Thomas P. says:

    If I might make a suggestion: replace the latex gloves with the blue nitrile gloves. Never know when someone might have a latex allergy (my wife does, for instance). Or pack both, if you need to help someone with a latex allergy.

  8. Jason H. says:

    I am going to add some Quick Clot to my kit as well. Though it will hopefully never need to be used, something like a glass or metal cut, or even a smallish puncture wound (more of a possibility in an emergency situation with our small child) can become a bleeding issue if you are unable to find medical assistance quickly.

  9. Karrie Cook says:

    I love Moleskin. Never heard about it until this blog and I have to say I’ve used it a number of times already. I’m pretty set for this week. I would like to add a pen light and a bottle of New Skin liquid bandages.

  10. Heather says:

    Our power was just out for a day and a half. The kids kept running into stuff and falling (thankfully nothing serious but ice would’ve made it better faster). I need to add cold packs! The peas we usually use defrosted so they were no good.

  11. Adrienne says:

    I feel like we still need everything. We are slowly buying compact food items as they go on sale and we have coupons. This week I finally added a tube of sunscreen. Still have a lot more on the list. I love the “Don’t Die Out There Cards,” those might have to make it in there too. :-)

  12. Dawn R says:

    I will be adding some over the counter and perscription medications.Imodium AD, Tums, Gas X, Martin, Tylenol, aspirin, cold meds, Benedryl, anti itch, anti fungal, antibiotic ointment, ear ache drops, eye drops, A&D ointment, sunburn cream and sun block, chap stick, Tiger Balm, BioFreeze, birth control, other perscription meds, antibiotics and pain meds. I’m sure there are more medications that might be needed, but I feel this is a great beginning.

  13. Lisa says:

    I am going to add moleskin and splints to my first aid kit.

  14. Vicki S says:

    I am still needing to get some burn cream/gel along with many other things on this list. One step at a time :)

  15. Ashley Lowder says:

    We have a good sized first aid kid that is next to our packs. Its just in a rubber tub with a handle that is easy to grab, but I need to put things in each pack. In addition to our first aid kit in there I’ve added rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, duck tape (does everything! lol), fishing line, lip balm, cold medicine, a hand cranked radio/lamp/siren, and toothpaste. I would like to add some snake bite precautions since we do have a lot of snakes here and probably something for bug bites. I’d definitely love to win that multi tool! How cool is that!?

  16. Sabrina says:

    I got some extra containers of water this week and a few extra food items, 72 hour kit backpacks for our little kids. Thanks for the info on the burn gel!

  17. Annie Holscher says:

    I’ve already got great first aid kits in our bags, but I’m going to add a few products that I think will be helpful: New-skin liquid bandages and a snake bit kit.

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  20. Deanna says:

    Great information! I just thought that maybe adding in Hydrogen peroxide for any type of sore or cut in the mouth or overall disinfectant would be a good idea; It also doesn’t sting as much as Rubbing alcohol. I also thought maybe an eye wash. You have cold packs so maybe even heat packs or hand and feet warmers.

  21. Jennifer Edwards says:

    I found a small first aid booklet bound with spiral rings at Barnes & Noble. It has just about anything you would need as far as first aid information is concerned. The best part is that it is waterproof! Plus it is really small and lightweight. I’m just hoping that this book along with my first aid training from years ago will be sufficient! I still have a lot to learn but my mom, aunt and sister are all nurses so hopefully that will help out a lot!

  22. Carrie Menning says:

    I have all of the things you mentioned, and I also have Epi pens. Although no one in my family is allergic to bees, I do have many friends and neighbors who are…so I keep them in my kit(s) and motor home at all times.

    I also keep a week’s supply of herbals/vitamins and prescriptions. I keep a written list of my these (including RX numbers) as well.

    Very helpful blog.

  23. Erica says:

    My first aid kit came with most of the things on the list, but I would still like to add moleskin, a pen light, and dust masks. Getting poison ivy treatment is top priority, however, since that stuff is EVERYWHERE around here (and yet I never would have thought to add that if it weren’t for your blog!).

  24. Leigh says:

    I have a lot of items on the list but don’t have any burn gel, so that needs to happen soon!

  25. Kristina says:

    I already had a fairly stocked pre-made first aid kit, so this week I just added a few of the items on the list, such as additional burn gel and iodine tabs.

    I also printed out several first aid guides. I always research first and and medication type subjects on the internet, but I realized the internet might not be available to me if a disaster happened and there was no power. I wanted to make sure I had the basics included in my kit. I would like to get a small first aid book as well.

  26. I just found your site today, doing a search for a Child ID Kit. I really love the info you have posted here. i am a Frugal Blogger and have been looking for more “Prepping” things, other than our normal couponing stockpile. I will be back for sure and I am going to check out the past weeks posts on this topic. :)

    • As far as the giveaway entry (which I am just now seeing HAHA) I am starting from scratch. I do, obviously have a lot of stuff in our stockpile from couponing, but nothing put together in “kit” form, so I will be going back to your week 1 and starting there.

      • Misty says:

        Sounds great Jodi! Your blog looks great too! I tried my hand at Frugal Blogging a few years ago…it is COMPETITIVE!

        • Oh, it really is! The drama involved is UGH! I can’t take it! I have a few good “friends” with whom I chat daily, and I try my best to mind my own business, but things happen and drama is always around…. Even though, I love my job, so I continue with it. :P

  27. meredith says:

    Thank you for the reminder about the super glue. We bought it but it somehow never made it into the first aid kits.

  28. christina says:

    Not adding anything this week as its tight. But will add activated charcoal in the next few weeks. Thanks nurished. We have brown recluse spiders in our part of the country and the charcoal is suppose to pull the poison out. At least that’d what I read, hope I never have to find out if it works. A friend got bit by one and there isn’t an anti venum for them. Doc just try to stop an infection. so it would be worth the try to me.

  29. Crystal says:

    My husband is a supreme Eagle scout and had some “suggestions” when we were going through our first-aid supplies. In our kits, we have tongue depressors (taken out of my preschool supplies) instead of buying finger splints. And, we have a CPR shield for each person and an extra in our family kit so that if, in an emergency, we happened upon someone else who needed help, we wouldn’t have to give up one of our own mouth shields to perform CPR. Just a thought. =)

    • Crystal says:

      Also, my husband recently went with Mormon Helping Hands to New York/New Jersey to help with the Sandy cleanup. They required N95 masks (instead of the regular dust masts) because of all of the mold growing after the water went down. For us, if we are going to take up the space with masks, they should be able to block more than just dust . . . just throwing it out there!

    • Crystal says:

      Last one, I promise! Anyone who is mormon should consider adding consecrated oil to the first aid kit too!

  30. Laura R. says:

    Because I am an RN I have pretty well stocked first aid supplies. I hadn’t previously thought about sunscreen or poison ivy ointment but I think they would be great additions. I also do not have snake bite medicine, however, I live in Minnesota and they are not very common in our area. Poison Ivy on the other hand is extremely common and I think I will be adding it when I can.

  31. Karrie Cook says:

    I just picked up Moleskin this week. I’ve never heard of it, but it looks awesome. Got an extra one for everyday life as well. I’m pretty well set for this week except for a couple of things. I still need to get a pen light and CPR shield and super glue (that is a great idea!). I also have a bottle of liquid bandaid, which we like to use in everyday life.

  32. LANEICE POTTER says:

    I Believe gloves are one of the most important things in a first aid kit, so I have several boxes as well as some in ziplock bags. Stopping bleeding is something I think will be essential in a medical emergency so along for feminine needs I have several sanitary napkins on hand also.

  33. Jill says:

    We definitely need to add some more moleskin (six of us…we’ll need more than one package!), the more pointy type tweezers, not angled, some more Triple Antibiotic cream, and I never thought about it, but the iodine tabs! As a mom of many, how to do make sure you have enough of what you think you might need for all the kiddos? It is something I’m always concerned about…will there be enough for all of us?

    • Misty says:

      I don’t know that there is ever a way to be 100% sure Jill. I keep pretty minimal supplies in my kit and a LOT more in the house. In MOST emergency situations, I’d be able to either stay home, or come back after a few days. It helps me to know I have all that extra in our house.

  34. Joellyn A. says:

    I recently added flat and pointed tweezers to my first aid kit and replaced some bandages that had been used. I want to get some burn gel and a small suture kit (and need to learn how to use it- just in case) :)

  35. Nourished for Free says:

    I need to add more first aid items to my hubby’s survival bag, as I am building ours up one at a time. We need to add activated charcoal to my kit too, as well as ace wraps and bandages. I hope I win!

  36. Chelsea says:

    I love this list! We have a few basic kits throughout our house but I am trying to put together a more comprehensive one for our survival kits. My husband is a big outdoorsman so some of these items would be good for him to take camping as well! We do not have a suture kit and although the idea of giving someone stitches scares me I know we need to add this as well as the burn cream. I am a new reader and very excited about your site and this series! Thanks so much!

  37. deb c. says:

    I see a quite few things on this list I don’t yet have. Gotta add the pen light, disposable thermometers, burn gel, suture kit & dust masks. Just bought new superglue for another use, but I’ll add it now, along with moleskin I just happen to have & a needle. Probably need to add the poison ivy stuff, too. Also, love the popsicle stick splint idea from labbie. Thanks!

  38. Tiffany says:

    Hi Misty! Thanks for such a great blog! I am a beginner and on a limited budget trying to make 5 bags. I bought a little $5 first aid kit from Walmart and added some tweezers and small scissors. I plan on getting a bigger one when I have more money and moving the smaller one to another bag. Plus my mom said I could come and raid her bathroom closet this weekend. There is no telling what I might find in there! Might not even need to buy anything else!!!

  39. Sarah says:

    I’ve run out of space for everything. It’s time to start prioritizing. I guess that is a positive thing.

  40. Amy says:

    I’m impressed with that burn gel story! Will definitely have to get me some of that for our kit!

  41. Nicole H says:

    Being from Florida near the beach I’ve always been told to have vinegar in the car for jellyfish stings. I have been searching for other first aid uses for vinegar but haven’t found much. I may include a small spray bottle of it if I hear of anything. In the meantime I’ll be including gloves (I found out that latex gloves DO NOT last forever!) and masks. I need them for carpentry jobs anyway, so it works out!

    • christina says:

      Apple cider vinegar help a sore throat. It does taste aweful though. I don’t know if it would be effective on jelly fish stings or not, but Apple cider vinegar has many health benifits. It will bring a fever down temp. Help clear up ear infections. I know it sound wierd but its what we use. I haven’t given my child antibitics for an ear infection since I discovered it. They also go away quicker in my opinion.

    • christina says:

      I just discovered another use for Apple cider vinegar thought I would share incase your still looking for other uses for vinegar. . It clears up pink eye. After 3 days of my eyes just getting worse over the weekend and not willing to sit in a walk in clinic for 2 hours to be seen, I searched Google. I was skeptical at first with this one, since its my eyes were talking about but decided to try it. It really works. It burns but it worked. Use 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon per 1/2 cup water and rinse eyes with it / put drops in every 30 min. Of course there are many reasons why your eyes could get red so I would suggest making sure that u actually have pink eye, most doctors would probably tell you not to do it cause its not a” drug” but it worked wonders for me. With no side effects and much cheaper or mystery ingredients. Make sure u get organic acv with the “mother”

  42. Labbie1 says:

    I added the iodine tabs since we live by a nuclear plant (about 30 miles as the crow flies). Seems as if each time we move the 5th wheel, we end up rather close to a nuclear plant–go figure! I found some cold packs at Dollar Tree for a dollar ea and bought several as they can also be used to keep meds like insulin cold when kept in the insulated lunch bag that I included as well. I also saved my popsicle sticks this summer for use as splints on fingers. Free! I love that! That burn gel that you have listed sure looks interesting. I may have to look into that! I want to add the disposable thermometers as soon as I have enough points from my Q. I love the way that we can go through this several times to keep tweaking our kits! Thanks Misty!

  43. Vicki S says:

    I really need to get some burn cream. There are several things on this list I need, but I think the burn gel would be highest priority. Thank you for another great list.

  44. Sandra says:

    Love your site, check it everyday. Am telling more people about you all the time.

  45. Julie A says:

    Thanks for the great list! I am looking to add sutures. Do we need some kind of topical anesthetic to go with that?

    • Misty says:

      I guess that is up to you. I’d prefer someone had it if they had to suture me! But, even if they didn’t I’d prefer being sutured period!

  46. Sandy says:

    Adding the tweezers today, thanks for telling us about snake bite kit sure would have missed that one. What about aloe vera, good for multiple uses? Love your site by the way.

  47. Jennifer E says:

    I am just starting this series and I am already addicted. We just recently had a snow storm to our area and most were unprepared to go without electricity for over a day let alone a week. We never usually get even 1/2 an inch of snow a year in this area. In light of this we have learned a lot about what we need to stock up on. This week we ordered a really good first aid kit. It will have most of the things mentioned, but I will have to add a few things to it. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with each week and get the supplies we need for any future emergencies. Thanks so much for your blog.

  48. Larry Oyler says:

    New to your site, good info! I would add a tube of super glue to your first aid supplies. It’s very good for open wounds. After cleaning the wound as good as possible, close it up as small as possible and apply the glue and hold untill the glue sets. Apply a bandage or peace of tape to help hold it close and to keep it clean. The glue not only holds the wound together, it’ll also help to keep it clean and waterproof.

  49. Chrissy says:

    I include benadryl also because my children have bad allergies!

  50. Kathryn Gilliam says:

    My favorite way to remove splinters is to use a piece of tape. Cover the splinter and pull the tape off in the direction exactly opposite from the way the splinter went in. Voila!

  51. callie says:

    i still need to get a first aid kit and when i do ill check it with this list and add in what is missing

  52. Brenda C. says:

    For the time being funds are super tight so I will not be able to purchase anything extra. I do have the burn gel and any kind of raw honey works on burns. My granddaughter touched a hot burner and had severe burns to her hand. I applied honey and covered it loosely with gauze the pain was gone almost immediately and the next morning it was nearly healed!
    I will be adding a needle to my kit, I don’t know why I did not think of it before with as many splinters as I have pulled out. :) I want to add a snakebite kit very soon.

    • Misty says:

      Lots of things you can do for free Brenda! I will be compiling a list soon as part of the “Paying it Forward” deal I’ve got going on this month!

  53. Katie P. says:

    I have a pretty extensive first aid kit, thanks to buying one pre-made. I don’t know that I would have thought of sting-kill or burn ointment on my own. I do need to add some soft splints, and more sting-kills. I also need to get a better set of tweezers. The ones that came with my pre-made kit just don’t do the job, and with tick season in full swing, they’re getting a lot of use. Thanks again for this wonderful blog. It’s been so helpful to me and my family. I feel so much more prepared, and that’s such a wonderful feeling.

  54. Kelly T. says:

    This is a great addition to the kits. Target has a special here that if you boy 3 products worth $7.00, you get a softside zip first aid kit with pockets to keep it in, I like the idea of having more than just 1 first aid kit, you have reminded us in the past to have one in our vehicle and each emergency kit or go bag. thanks for all your suggestions, the shelf reliance stuff seems very practical and reasonable, thanks for the link to your homestore.

  55. chonte says:

    i have alot of this stuff in my pack already. but i definitely need a suture kit. the CPR mask is a great idea. i had one in my first aid kit growing up. i don’t know why i didn’t think to get one for mine now. lol well it’s on my shopping list now :)

  56. Chris McGInn says:

    I m going to be looking into pre-made kits and checking out galls.com

  57. Brenda says:

    Thanks so much for putting together an easy to follow list. One suggestion concerning latex gloves. I use only non-latex gloves for 2 reasons. 1) some people have serious latex allergies. If you only provide aid to you or your family that’s fine if no one has allergies. If you rpovide aid to anyone else you could make things worse if they have this particular allergy. 2) latex does not have a long shelf life. I’ve found boxes of latex gloves that start to fall apart after just a few years in storage.

  58. Monica says:

    I am finishing up my first aid kits this week. I hit a big bin at Walmart that had a bunch of first aid items for 88 cents. Small boxes of benadryl, laxative, anti-diarrhea, alcohol, peroxide, anti-itch, etc. I loaded up. I split the small boxes of meds between two kits and taped a copy of the back of the box (directions) to each blister pack. I also ordered more SAM splints and a bottle of burn gel. I had a pop-up on the galls website to give my email for a free knife with a $50 purchase. So I ordered an emergency escape hammer to keep in the console of my car, and a can of Mace. Then I got the $20+ dollar knife for free and put it in my husbands kit. I am adding a suture kit too as soon as I find a good one online. Oh and I found an ankle brace that slips on for sprains at Walmart or 88 cents too. It is small and neoprene so weighs nothing. Grabbed one since I am a huge clutz. :) Really love this series.

  59. Tiffany says:

    I was glad to read the list and already have many of those items on hand. Just picked up some moleskin for my daughter going off to Girl’s Camp, hopefully she won’t need it and it can go into my first aid kit.

    The one item I really need is a CPR mask. The thought of performing CPR on someone I don’t know scares me… sure, with the new guidelines I don’t need to do the breathing but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

  60. Aimee says:

    I’ve assembled a large number of items since we started on first aid kits 2 weeks ago. Somehow, the kits I made for the vehicles ended up being more complete than the one in the house, so I need to fix that! I still need to get gloves, but I already have antibiotic ointment, tweezers, scissors, needles, sunburn ointment, and dust masks.

    Greg makes a good point about medication expiring. I plan to check all of those dates at the same time as my stored food and water when we cycle back through the series.

  61. Natalie says:

    For other first aid, I need to get some burn cream (we have some but have used it so we need to restock!) I really like the pen light and disposable thermometers too! And like AK said, I really need to renew my first aid and CPR certification! It’s so important!

  62. AK says:

    I’m in the very beginning of the process of getting emergency supplies together. I think this week I’m going to look into buying a second first aid kit like the one I have anyway. It contains basic first aid stuff as well as a lot of what’s on this list and it wasn’t very expensive. I need to look into renewing my First Aid and CPR certifications, too. Not something tangible, but definitely worthwhile!

  63. Bridgette says:

    Thanks for the info on the burn gel. I plan on getting some right away. It is nice to have a “first hand” review of the product! (har har)

  64. Ruth Hardy says:

    Between 4th of July fireworks burns and July bug bites I am reminded to add two other first aid items to my first aid kit.
    1. Plain Meat Tenderizer- Something in it neutralizes the pain and swelling of bug bites. Make a paste with water and rub (Not pat) into the bite site. Leave on as long as necessary.

    2. Pure Vanilla Extract- Excellent burn aid. Apply as soon as burn occurs. If burn is to finger- pour some in bowl and soak. If burn is to another part of body, saturate paper towel or cloth and cover burn area. It may hurt initially as it pulls out the burn but continue to soak area. The longer you soak, the better the healing. I have had some very serious burns heal over night without blistering or soreness in the area the next day! It is truly is a miracle for burns!

  65. Vicki says:

    I open my emails always in anticipation of receiving your newest post for the survival kit ideas!!! I am always looking for things at yard sales and thrift stores to add to our kits. I have found surgical blades at a thrift store still in their original packaging. I am in need of some suture kits, moleskin, and a few other things. I hope to get them soon. So much going on right now makes it hard to stay focused and move forward. I pray I can get some of these things to complete my first aid kit soon. Keep up the good work!

  66. Laura J says:

    I am so happy that we found your site. We have been taking for granted the fact that we would be taken care of by the military in an emergency. But what happens if we can’t get to base… or there isn’t a base to get to… or we get separated? Thanks for the wake-up call! :)

    P.S. I don’t know if you’ve heard of “Surviving Disaster.” (It was a mini-series on late-night Spike TV a couple of years ago)The episodes are available for pretty cheap on Amazon. Great info for surviving all sorts of crazy situtations!

  67. christina says:

    I really want to get iodide and a snake bite kit. But I added burn cream and guaze wraps this week because I burned myself the other day and didn’t have anything.

  68. Joellyn A. says:

    I will be adding 2 small camp seats, a small sewing kit, a fire starter, emergency whistle, some emergency blankets and tents!! It was a stock up kinda week for me. I have to get a small kit started for the car too!

  69. Julie says:

    I’ve never heard of burn cream and I’m blown away! I have a tendency to catch myself on fire way too often! I’m gonna buy that pronto: one for each med kit and one for the kitchen junk drawer!

  70. Greg says:

    I’d like to make two points:
    - Most pre-made kits have little room to expand to accommodate additional items. So, make choices based on the value of the contents then re-purpose the container. For example, you can add fire starter, fish hooks/line and signal mirror to a small hard case 1st Aid kit to make it a survival kit for your day pack. The removed medical items go into the pile to make your other aid kits.
    - Many consumables in first aid kits have a shelf life. You need to regularly review/replace contents and move things (before they expire) to the medicine cabinet for routine use. Figure out a system that works for you.

    • Misty says:

      You are completely right Greg! I have re-packaged all my supplies just to make them fit better in my pack. And week #25 will be all about rotation! Thanks for the tips!

  71. beth says:

    Hi-just found your site- I too am a shelf reliance consultant. I was looking for more recipes but AM EXCITED about your emergency kit series! I cant get # 14 to show -is that beacuse you are in the middle of it? I have many emergency things for my pack already but this has still given me new ideaS! I just recieved my stove in a can and also got wing tip stoves for a back up plan-3 is two and two is one- a favorite quote from Jim Rawles- the survivalblog! Please enter me in the weekly drawing and keep up this awesome series!!

  72. JIll says:

    I love your insights on what to have in the 72 hr. packs AND reading comments from other readers. But I feel like I am playing “catch-up”. Do you have special items in your young children’s bags?

    • Misty says:

      Sorry Jill, I just now realized I’d never responded to you! First, thank you for your kind comments! I agree that I love the additional comments / perspective from other readers!

      Don’t stress too much about playing catchup. Just make sure you have week #1 completed and then jump in on this week. Don’t worry about the previous weeks. I will cycle back through them and you can do them then. The whole point of this series is to make creating your kit simple and do-able! Just take it one week at a time.

      As for my kids kits, you can read a detailed description here: http://www.yourownhomestore.com/2011/03/72-hr-kits/

  73. Betty Porter says:

    I need to get a suture kit, but hopefully I won’t need to use it. I use to be a surgical tech, so I have had experience with it, but it’s been years!

  74. Michael Waters says:

    My wife bought a few J&J first aid kits on clearance awhile back, so we moved those from the pantry into our survival kits. We made a list of things we don’t have but could use- like snake bite kits- very important with rattlers and all the other snakes here in georgia, and will be ordering tho
    se soon.

  75. rachel b. says:

    the items in green above look like they are links… but none of them seem to work.

    • Misty says:

      Thank you Rachel! I didn’t realize that was happening. I’m so glad you found it! It should be fixed now, but if you see anything like that again, let me know!

  76. Gayle J says:

    Still working on stocking up. We have wheat berries,rye, oats,rice cocoa,water, volcano stove,first aid, bug out bags. sewing needs. Still need to get sleeping bags and some sort of generator.

  77. Linda D says:

    We are doing well on our first aid stuff and have added some CPR shields, burn gel, various gauze rolls, sewing kit withe needles, iodide tinicture (sp?), scissors, various medicines, but will add suture kits, snack bite removal kits, and others in the days to come…also have added tweezers, dust masks, antibiotic ointment too…

    Good to be back and see you back!! Vacations go way too quickly!!!!

  78. Lisa says:

    I have a good jump on the first aid and safety items but need to add a snake bite kit and the iodide tablets. Congrats to Betty!

  79. rachel b. says:

    Hope you had a great Christmas! Glad to see you back. Break went way too quick around here and there’s still lots to do.

    Just noticed that the entry form above does not state that actually “talking” to people in person counts as a way to share this info. I’m sure it does, just noticed it wasn’t in the listing. LOL

    I actually just finally found the Iodide Tablets. I was originalls thinking that it was the liquid Iodine that we were needing for the radiation troubles. However, finally found in one of my books that we need IodiDe. There’s a second D in the word rather than an N. I went to the pharmacy and asked them where i could find this produce. Sure enough, they had it for sale (w/out a Rx needed) behind the counter. Was excited to finally get my hands on that!

    LOL… ok… i’ll try this again. Yes, I indeed am… human! :)

    • Misty says:

      Thanks Rachel! Yes, the break went by MUCH to quick around here as well, but is was certainly nice. I LOVE it when my husband has time off!

      And yes, of course talking to someone in person is a GREAT way to share this. How funny that in this crazy technological world, I forgot to list that!

      And the human thing, sorry, but I was getting 20+ crazy spamming comments everyday. It was just taking too much time to monitor and delete them all!

  80. Marcia says:

    I don’t have a suture kit, so thanks for the reminder that I need one. I was trying to get a sliver out of my finger and realized I didn’t have a needle. Something so small – easy to pack – but rather important.

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