First Aid Kits are a cornerstone of preparedness. Keeping you and yours healthy and intact is a great start to responding to any situation when SHTF. First aid kits can be the basic store-bought variety or a comprehensive kit that you are fully trained how to use. While training and practice is key to all the kits, it is especially important with this kit because some of the more involved tools can be dangerous when used improperly. An untrained prepper with an involved first aid kit is just an illusion of safety and security.
The Basic First Aid Kit
Our basic first aid checklist meant for home use. A smaller kit would be better when included in bug out bags, car kits, or get home bags. Start with the foundation level if you are starting from scratch, and add modules based on your local threats.
These should be the cornerstone of your kit and included in any first aid kit:
- Adventure Medical Kits Fundamentals Medical Kit
- Take a CPR or First Aid class
- Nitrile Exam Gloves
- Hydrogen Peroxide
These should only be used by trained professionals. In the wrong hands, most of this gear can cause more harm than good. In the right hands, this module can be the difference between life and death:
- Combat Tourniquet - for severed limbs or clamping unreachable veins and arteries
- Israeli Bandage - 70” long compression bandage
- SAM Splint - unique splint that rolls up, but is stiff when folded
- QuikClot Advanced Clotting Sponge - for clotting large wounds
- HyFin Vent Chest Seal - for sealing sucking chest wounds
- Suture Thread with Needle - stitching wounds closed