First Aid Supplies
Should disaster strike, the likelihood of injury is much higher than normal. At the same time, it may be much more difficult, or even impossible, to seek immediate medical attention. This means you may be on your own in treating your injuries and those of your family. This is why putting together the right first aid supplies is one of the most essential parts of survival planning.
Substances To Clean Wounds
Before you disinfect a wound, you should first clean it. Here are some first aid supplies you’ll need to add to your kit to do this:
– Hydrogen peroxide (include at least two bottles)- Antiseptic wipes- First aid sprays
Substances To Treat Wound
Once you’ve cleaned a wound, you’ll want to have on hand substances to treat it:
– Antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin- Hydrogel burn gel for burns.
Bandages To Cover Wounds
– Adhesive bandages in various shapes and sizes- Butterfly bandages to hold a wound that might need stitches together- Gauzes for burns and larger wounds that need to breath more.
Over the Counter Medications
– Pain relievers like Tylenol, aspirin, and Advil- Imodium AD to stop diarrhea before on becomes dehydrated- Allergy medications like Benadryl and Claritin- Medications to remove belly aches like Pepto Bismol and Prilosec- Ipecac syrup to induce vomiting in the case of poisoning.
Other First Aid Supplies To Include
– Ace bandages for sprains- Tourniquets to stop serious bleeding from an artery or major vein- CPR devices to clear the airway- Tweezers for removing foreign objects- Magnifying glass to make it easier to remove foreign objects- Latex gloves or non-latex gloves if you are allergic- Instant cold packs.
You should include at least a thirty day supply of all prescription medications for each family member. If refrigeration is absolutely necessary, such as might be necessary for insulin, you should invest in a small generator.
Don’t Forget Your Pets
There are a few additional items you should include in your first aid kit if you have pets:
– Self-clinging Bandages
Cats and dogs are covered in fur. Therefore, if you need to stop the bleeding quickly on your pets, it could be very painful to use tape. With self-clinging bandages, you can wrap the bandage around the wound to stop the bleeding and the end will self-adhere to the bandage with no tape necessary.
If you need to treat a puncture wound on your pet, you can use self-clinging bandages to secure a gauze without using tape. This makes self-clinging bandages among the most essential first aid supplies for pets. It is also good to have self-clinging bandages on hand for humans with sensitive skin.
– A Topical Antiseptic Made Specifically For Pets
Pets will try to lick anything you put on them. Unfortunately, there are poisons in over the counter antiseptics made for humans. Antiseptics made specifically for pets lack these poisons.
– Blunt-ended Scissors
Pets are as unpredictable in their movements as small children. Therefore, it’s best not to use sharp objects around them, especially if you need to cut something out of their fur.
– A Small Size Foil Emergency Blanket
This can be used to wrap your pet in should they go into shock.
– ASPCA’s Toll-free Poison Hotline
Pets have a tendency to eat things they shouldn’t so you should have this number taped to the inside of your first aid supplies kit. The number is (800) 426-4435.