Preppers will tell you they practice prepping as a way to be prepared for what the future may hold. Of course none of us really know what tomorrow or even the next hour will bring. So it is probably wise to plan ahead at least a little bit. It does not matter if you are the type that plans for the end of the world scenario or someone who just wants to have a few essentials on hand in case of an emergency; having a basic first aid kit assembled and within reach is a good idea.
A first-aid kit can run the gamut, from the extreme to just the basics. Building a first aid kit to fit your family’s basic needs is relatively easy to do.
Ten Essential Items for a Basic First Aid Kit
- Antibacterial ointment
- Gauze pads
- Adhesive strips
- Adhesive first-aid tape
- Butterfly bandages
- Ace bandage
- Antiseptic swabs
- Bee sting/insect kit
Of course first aid kits can easily be customized to adapt for specific medial needs or concerns you or your family may have. For example if someone has severe allergies you will want an Epi-pen in your kit. If you are planning an expedition, miles from the nearest emergency facility you will probably want to add a few more items such as sewing needles, items for treating blisters, sunburn remedies, scalpel, hydrocortisone cream, instant ice packs, thermometer and a sling plus any medication anyone in your group may need.
What do you keep in your first aid kit? Tell us in the comment section.
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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