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
- 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)
- Sleeping pills
- 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
- saline eye wash
- turkey baster or bulb syringe for flushing out a wound
- activated charcoal (*for poison absorption)
- Ipecac- induces vomiting
- Anti diarrhea meds
- 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.
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.