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DYI: First Aid Emergency Kit Contents List

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First Aid Emergency Kit

An adequate first aid medicine list is a must.  You must be ready for cuts, bruises, and other commonplace problems, as well as more serious problems.  Never skip on the first aid that you plan on using.

First Aid Kit Checklist

Bandages and Splints:

These are to secure cuts, broken bones, and other common concerns.  Items to have, include: Sterile bandages Adhesive tape Folding splints Sterile gauze pads Shaped bandages – circular and triangular bandages can cover joints Safety pins in several sizes

Treatment Items:

There are a number of good non-prescription items that you can get for first aid kit items:

  • Antacids
  • Pain relievers
  • Laxatives
  • Eyewash
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide or any other antiseptic
  • Activated charcoal
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine

Also, you must have a sufficient supply of any medicine you and your loved ones take.  Be aware of expiration dates.  While it is true that these are safe to use if they are fully sealed in sterile containers or packages, there is a potential for some medicines to lose their potency if they are not used within a particular period of time.

Tools:

Have a good supply of these:

  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Latex gloves
  • Cleaning soaps
  • Antiseptic spray, which may be useful for sterilizing different tools
  • Razor blades
  • Wooden application sticks
  • Petroleum jelly or any other safe-to-use lubricant

Related:

Bugging-In: Prepping to Survive in Your Home

Why Would You Need to Bugging-In at Home?

Bugging In: Fortifying and Securing Your Home for SHTF Moment

Bugging In: Preparing for A Grid-Down Energy Needs

Emergency Food and Water Storage: Basic Survival Principles

Personal Hygiene in a Basic Emergency Sanitation: Maintaining Cleanliness

Devices to Help You Communicate Effectively in an Emergency Situation

Sources:

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/anatomy-of-a-first-aid-kit.html

https://www.ready.gov/kit

https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-kits/basics/art-20056673

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Be_a_Prepper/NkttjwEACAAJ?hl=en

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0omCB9VDB5DZjgftyIC9Rw

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Make Two Small Sized Survival Kit: Pocket and Bag Size

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Mini survival kits

The point of this article is to demonstrate how to create small, compact survival kits that are easy to carry with you or store.

Our first is a pocket-sized survival kit (PSK). It’s light enough to fit in your pocket whenever you’re going out into the wilderness. All of these items should be able to fit into an Altoids tin or an old tobacco tin.

Homemade Pocket Survival Kit

The items include:

  • Small pencil: used for taking notes.
  • Small compass: will help you find your way if you lost but know what direction you need to move in.
  • Small mirror: used for signaling, inspecting hard to see wounds, etc.
  • Lighter: used for starting fires. Zippos are usually more durable than regular lighters.
  • Swiss army knife: multiple uses, obviously.
  • Needles and dental floss: used for sewing and stitching. The dental floss can also be used as a fishing line.
  • Water purification tablets: pretty self-explanatory, should you need some clean water.
  • Fishing wire and various hooks: obviously dependant on if you’ll be in an area where fishing is possible.
  • Cotton: can be used to dress wounds, start fires, etc.

The beauty of this kit is that it’s not much larger than a wallet. A basic kit you can carry anywhere has more value than a maxed-out kit with all the trimmings that you don’t have on you when you need it.

Homemade Compact Survival Kit

Our second kit is designed to fit into a 1 lb coffee can. It’s great for storing in the trunk of your car.

The items include:

  • Small pencil and some paper: used for taking notes.
  • Small compass: will help you find your way if you lost but know what direction you need to move in.
  • Small mirror: used for signaling, inspecting hard to see wounds, etc
  • Lighter: used for starting fires. Zippos are usually more durable than regular lighters.
  • 20+ feet of nylon rope: multiple uses.
  • Swiss army knife: multiple uses.
  • Needles and dental floss: used for sewing and stitching. The dental floss can also be used as a fishing line.
  • Poncho: protection from the rain, choose a bright to attract attention.
  • Candle wrapped in aluminum foil: candles for light, the foil has multiple purposes.
  • Whistle: used to attract attention.
  • Money: a few quarters for payphones, $20+ for gas.
  • 2 large garbage bags
  • Wax paper: when stuffed in, it will stop the items from ratting around and be used as a fire starter.

If you’re storing it in your car, make sure to include a 1-2L bottle of water.

That’s it, hope this helps!

Good luck and stay prepared!

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