Emergency First Aid Preparedness

I’ve spent quite some time today researching what supplies I should have on hand in case of a medical emergency. My purpose in doing so is to be prepared to handle as much as I can if I were ever in a disaster situation where I could not get to a hospital. I’ve compiled a huge list of necessities. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find one “kit” which holds all of these items, so it looks like I’m gonna just have to piece together my own.

I do plan on growing my medicinal herb garden, and using herbal remedies as much as possible. But until I get that established and learn more, I want to have more traditional meds on hand.

I’ll share with you what I have on my list of things to get. If you can think of anything I have missed, or have any suggestions, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  • Multi Vitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Vaseline
  • Alcohol
  • Bandaids of all sizes
  • Gauze- pads and rolls
  • Adhesive tape
  • Thermometer & fresh batteries
  • Antibiotics (if you can get these from your doc) for each person; a week’s worth; preferably not liquid form as it doesn’t last that long; Polycillin.
  • (x2) Hot water bottles
  • Anti-nausea drugs
  • Plastic inflatable splints (for arms and legs)
  • Benadryl
  • Antacids
  • Sleeping pills
  • Aspirin/Ibuprofen
  • Triple Antibiotic Cream
  • Antihistamine ointment/Calamine
  • insect repellent
  • snake bite kit (I love my Sawyer Extractor; good for bee stings and mosquito bites, too!)
  • aluminum finger splints
  • antiseptic towelettes
  • Ace bandage
  • instant cold packs
  • cotton balls
  • disposable synthetic gloves
  • Save A Tooth kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • needle
  • saline eye wash
  • turkey baster or bulb syringe for flushing out a wound
  • activated charcoal (*for poison absorption)
  • Ipecac- induces vomiting
  • Anti diarrhea meds
  • syringe
  • medicine cup or spoon
  • super glue (when minor stitches are needed, but you can’t get them)
  • clotting sponge
  • burn care kit
  • triangular bandages
  • dental filling repair kit
  • colloidal silver
  • any prescription meds you currently take
  • children’s/baby tylenol and motrin (if you will have kids with you)
  • IV and fluids (not sure where to get these?)

Recommended Books (ebay, paperbackswap.com, amazon):

  • Where There Is No Doctor
  • Where There Is No Dentist
  • The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook
  • Ship’s Medicine Chest and First Aid at Sea
  • US Army Special Forces Medical Handbook
  • The Physicians Desk Reference
  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

I’m sure I’ll think of more to add to the list. Maybe a stethoscope, otoscope, and blood pressure cuff? Most of this stuff can be picked up at your local super center. Can you guys think of anything else that you might need if there was a medical emergency and you were unable to reach a medical professional?

I think it is only wise to be prepared for such a situation. If we ever have an economic meltdown, or a crippling natural disaster, you’ll definitely want to have these things on hand! I know I do.

14 thoughts on “Emergency First Aid Preparedness”

  1. One thing I wanted to add is Aloe Vera gel. I saw you had a burn kit on there but aloe vera is really affordable and works for so many things. If it is a minor burn or skin irritation you will be thankful it is around. 🙂 I have started putting together a first aid kit again and I knew you had a post of ideas on here. Glad I found it again.

  2. Not sure what other states are like but in the state of PA it is illegal to have or carry IV supplies and/or fluids as it is seen as practicing medicine without a license which is punishable by law. Also, most doctors do not recommend Ipecac syrup as most times it is used incorrectly and does more harm then good. If I were you, I would look into your states laws of what the lay person is allowed to have medically and not allowed to have. I know the purpose you are going for but you don’t want to get arrested either. I have probably 3/4 of what you have on your list. When I can get a hold of mustard packets I put those in as well because it helps tremendously with removing the burn from a minor burn. Another thing you may want to try to get if your doctor will give you a prescription for it is an Epi-Pen. It works faster than oral benadryl. Good luck!!

  3. This is a good thing to have handy. Of course, if anything is going to go wrong, it’ll happen when a blizzard shuts down the highway or something.

    I don’t think I’d want to use super glue instead of stitches. Tape would work better in a pinch and you can cut it to make butterfly bandages.

    If you’re studying herbal medicine, I would recommend the book Naturally Healthy Babies and Children by Aviva Jill Romm. It gives a lot of information on basic health assessment as well as how to make and use herbal teas, tinctures, and salves.

    • Thanks for the book recommendation, Alanna! About the super glue… my husband glued his chin after he busted it open skateboarding, and it worked! It was actually invented to be used on the battle field, and hospitals still use a super glue to close minor cuts today. It’s non-toxic.

  4. As already mentioned, hydrogen peroxide is a biggie for disinfecting. After a pretty intensive surgery I was going daily into my doctor’s office to have the still deep/ closing wound treated. After about a week of this I asked her what it was she was slowly pumping into me. She responded (in German) “hydrogen peroxide”. I was thinking, “great – I could have been doing that!” But it was a good lesson to me about what to have on hand for disinfecting everything from small scrapes to more serious cuts/ wounds!

  5. You are right about the Ipecac and Charcoal – it all depends on what kind of poison is ingested. If it is caustic, you do not want to throw it back up. It is good to also keep a smaller version of said emergency kit in the car. I have done a lot of driving and events with the kids and you never know what may happen, not just to your own kids but I have come up on numerous accidents and it is comforting to know that if you HAD to, you could provide assistance. I have been able to help on some occasions and on others, I was able to leave knowing there were more trained people on scene – but if I am first, I like to know that I at least have some of the basics on hand (especially gloves!!!)


  6. Charcoal absorbs poison. I would ditto on the ottoscope plus add debrox and recipe for swimmers ear(alcohol+vinegar). Benydryll is important because if anyone has a hystmine reaction-hives, swelling, trouble breathing-it helps reduce the reaction. Also there is a tape called medi-strips that will work for stitches too. Elderberry syrup would be good for colds, flu, and headaches.

  7. If you can’t get ahold of antibiotics, garlic and raw wildflower honey (truly raw and not clover honey) work really well. That’s my version of antibiotics as I often have difficulty getting a prescription free of my various allergens.

    Raw garlic has potent antifungal & antibacterial properties that last for about 15 minutes after being crushed. You can apply topically (using extreme caution as it is potent enough to cause a very painful chemical burn, ask me how I know!) or crush a clove into raw wildflower honey and take it internally. I wouldn’t take more than one large clove at a time or take it on an empty stomach, and excessive garlic will have a blood-thinning effect, just fyi.

    Raw honey also has antibiotic properties, and wildflower honey is thought to be advantageous over other kinds as it is often gathered from a conglomeration of blooming herbs and may have mild tonic qualities. I usually keep a small jar of raw honey and a few bulbs of garlic in our medicine cupboard – the only disadvantage is that you have to cycle through them regularly, unlike a pharmaceutical that you can leave alone for years and years.

    A third item I try to never be without is Oreganol-brand oregano oil. We LOVE that stuff. At the first whiff of any illness, we start dosing with a few drops every few hours and it usually knocks it right out.

    I don’t think that activated charcoal induces vomiting, either. Are you thinking of ipecac? Though activated charcoal is great for absorbing stuff! If it does induce vomiting, I would certainly be interested to know more.

  8. Caroline- you gave some good advice 🙂 and Kendra it looks like you have been doing your homework…after your snake bite kit post, I have been trying to do a better job of being prepared….Thanks for the motivation 🙂 I am loving your posts!!!!!

  9. I use my kit to avoid unnecessary medical intervention or office visits.
    Definitely get the otiscope, BP monitor and stethoscope. My kit grew from my birth kit. I purchased online urine test strips, like you use when you are pregnant that test for sugar, ketones, and lots of other stuff. I was able to use them to test for blood in stools even and there is no instant home kit for that test. (You need to dilute your sample.)

    The otiscope will be worth the price even if it saves you a single office visit for an earache. We used it because DD1 had a bad time with excess wax build up. After a $70 office visit and a hysterical toddler with one ear still full of wax, I made my own ear cleaner out of a yard sale water pik. Set it on the lowest setting (test it on your hand- this is going to be pointed at an ear drum) half fill the reservoir with warm water and peroxide and rinse out impacted wax. It takes a little, the peroxide may need some soak time, but it works and was far less traumatizing to my child than the office visits had been. With the otiscope you can see if there is still wax and where. Eventually I found myself helping a couple of family friends as well, odd the things you end up doing.

    I am not sure I would bother with super glue for stitches, it probably burns alot too. If you need stitches to prevent bleeding to death, super glue isn’t going to do it. Mild stitches are only for cosmetics (to reduce scarring) and frankly because people like to feel they “got something” if they went to the ER or doctor. You can also just hold together whatever it is for about 12-24 hours.(Tape, bandage, be still, etc) After that the body has healed the open place over so much that you wouldn’t get stitches if you went to an ER. Sometimes stitches cause more infections than if you went without them. Perioxide, betadyne or Hibiclens and Oragel for a topical anesthetic, Valarian for muscle relaxing is also something I would add.
    You may want to take a red cross CPR class at least once every few years and then add an AED device if you have heart problems in your family.They aren’t cheap, but what is your loved ones life worth?

  10. I have and take activated charcoal and it does not induce vomiting. Is there something I don’t know? It does take toxins out of your body but not through vomiting that I know of. We take it when we have food poisoning or stomach flu.


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