What Is Missing In Your Preppers First Aid Kit?
First aid kits are a dime a dozen. They come in all shapes and sizes. They range from simple ones that fit into your vehicle’s glove box to expedition sized kits hauled to the most remote parts of the earth. By far, most first aid kits are little more than boo-boo kits, that is, they are mainly designed to take care of life’s little cuts and scrapes. Isn’t more needed from a preppers first aid kit?
These kits are typically under stocked for the needs of a prepper. But just as there is no ‘standard’ first aid kit for use by the general population, there is no one perfect one size fits all kit for a prepper.
That being said, a preppers first aid kit should contain enough supplies to provide extended care to an injured individual over several days or longer. In a scenario utilizing a preppers first aid kit, advanced emergency care in a clinical environment may not exist or be days away, so you have to decide what you need to treat a patient over the long haul.
What The Preppers First Aid Kit Should Include
In general, a preppers first aid kit will more closely resemble that of a military trauma kit or that of a search and rescue EMT’s kit than anything you would purchase off the shelf at a typical store.
As mentioned earlier, you may be providing the only treatment a patient receives. This may include stopping severe bleeding and cleaning out deep wounds to splinting broken bones.
The contents of your first aid kit should reflect this possibility. Your kit should also contain the necessary aid to keep you mobile in a potentially hostile environment.
Most likely, your skin, the largest organ of your body, will suffer the most from the exposure to the elements. So being prepared to treat any skin ailment is of utmost importance.
For example, you won’t find moleskin for treating blisters on your feet in many ‘standard’ first aid kits, but it is an indispensable item for a preppers first aid kit.
A preppers first aid kit should also contain plenty of gauze, bandages, and butterfly patches, as well as Celox blood clotting solution. A triangular bandage is an example of an emergency item that serves multiple uses from bandaging wounds to use as a sling.
Ultimately, what you include in your kit will depend on a variety of factors. A well-stocked preppers first aid kit will depend on your geographic location and how many people you foresee needing the use of the kit.
Are you planning to shelter in place or take off with what you can carry on your back?
If you have the luxury of staying put, then you may have the option of storing extra supplies for an extended period of time. If your situation dictates that you will be on the move, the size and contents of your first aid kit will reflect that.
First Aid Education
Your first aid knowledge and level of comfort in applying it will also dictate what you choose to include in your kit. Your kit is only as good as your training. You must determine ahead of time what level of treatment you are able and willing to provide. Then stock your first aid kit for a level of treatment that goes just beyond your level of comfort.
Why? The Emergency First Response axiom explains. “Adequate care provided is better than perfect care withheld.” Providing the care you can, even if it seems to fall short of the need, is better than giving no care at all.
But if the opportunity presents itself, enroll in a first aid class or even EMT training. The knowledge and resulting confidence will boost your ability to handle a situation requiring the use of your emergency aid skills.