by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 14, 2012 - 3 Comments in self-sufficiency
This is a continuation of the Prepping on a Budget series, today we will discuss the things you will need once you have a good start on your food and water prepping. You do have a good start on your prepping, don’t you? If not, you can get started here: Prepping on a budget series. This will be about your first aid kit. Everyone should have one, but what to put in it and what you can afford might be challenging, I’ll try to make it simple and inexpensive.
You should have at least a basic first aid kit, it’s just good common sense, everyone needs a band-aid every now and again. In a major disaster, you might not have immediate access to medical help, wouldn’t it be nice to have the things you need at hand to take care of medical needs? This might be the difference between you living to see the doctor and not surviving at all.
Your basic first aid kit should contain bandages, medical tape, gauze, scissors, tweezers, rubber gloves, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
For an even more complete first aid kit, add a space blanket, antihistamine (Benedryl or generic), antibiotic cream, cortisone cream, thermometer, chewable aspirin…
There are other items that you can add to your first aid kit that you probably didn’t think about before, toss in a box of tampons and a box of sanitary pads. These are great for putting over wounds, stopping bleeding and such, did you know that these were originally created for just such a thing? It was the smart and observant women who figured out these could be used for their monthly cycles, these were designed to soak up blood, no matter what the source. You can cut up clean, white t-shirts, wash them with bleach and don’t use fabric softener, store these in a clean zipper baggie or in a vacuum sealed bag.
One trick I learned from my mom was if you have a cut and you cannot get it to stop bleeding, use black pepper on it, it does not sting and it will help the blood to clot, I watched my mother do this on my son’s finger when he was young, and it worked like a charm! Of course this is meant for small cuts, if there is a big cut or something that absolutely will not stop bleeding, you need to call 911, you will still need to try to stop the bleeding though.
One of the first places I would recommend shopping for your first aid products is in your local dollar stores, this will probably be the cheapest source for you. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spare, surely you can afford one box of band-aids every now and again, right? Especially since you have gotten smarter with your money.
Next comes your medicines, you might try talking to your doctor to see if you can get an extra supply of the meds you take, it might be difficult to talk them into it, especially if it’s a controlled substance, but try anyhow, you don’t want to find out that you might run out of something you really need during an emergency.
You can also purchase antibiotics through the internet without a prescription, these are packaged for animals (fish and dogs), but they are the exact same pills that are given to humans. If you are friends with a vet, you might be able to get these there. You will need to do your homework to decide the dose, how long and when to take these. If you are reading this, then you have access to the same information I do, I’m not a doctor so I can’t tell you when, how much for how long to take them. You can use these search terms to find these on line:
There are others that you can get, I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you want to take. Just remember, be cautious about taking antibiotics, these do not work on viruses, and taking them too often can create super bugs that are antibiotic resistant. You might consider getting a PDR or drug book.
If you can afford it, I also recommend buying a bottle of tea tree oil and colloidal silver, these two items will kill germs, and the germs cannot develop a resistance to it.
If you really want to get fancy, you can add things like a suture kit (be sure you know how to use these)
blood pressure machine (they have small ones that go on your finger)
snake bite kit (for those who live in snake country)
Instant Cold Pack (these are chemical based)
ammonia inhalant/smelling salts
CPR Pocket Rescusitator
Universal Aluminium Splint
3M Steri Strip Skin Closures or butterfly bandages
a field medic kit
… what else can you think of?
Check your kit at least once a year, remove any medicines that are far out of date, somewhat out of date is fine, but if it’s over a year out, you should replace it. Consider having multiple kits, the biggest and well stocked on in your home, one in your car, one at work…
Of course add anything you believe is important to you and your family, just do it, you don’t want to find out during a crisis that you don’t have what you need.
Buy a book or better yet, go to a class and learn CPR and basic first aid, having knowledge will help you keep a cool head during an emergency, and you will have a better understanding as to what to do.
Here are the links to the entire Prepping on a budget series
Prepping on a budget – part 1 – food
Prepping on a budget – part 2 – book review
Prepping on a budget – part 3 – food storage & security
Prepping on a budget – part 4 – water
Prepping on a budget – part 5 – first aid kit
Prepping on a budget – part 6 – sanitation
Prepping on a budget – part 7 – getting started
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