When you are making a bug out bag one of the most important things that you can put in it is a first aid kit. First aid kits are designed to give you some basic medical supplies in the event that you hurt yourself. There are several things to consider when you are looking to buy a first aid kit, or if you are trying to build one yourself.
One of the first things that you need to consider is your medical skill level. If you don’t know how to perform a medical procedure than the equipment needed for the procedure will be dead weight. For instance, if you do not know how to operate on a person than a surgical kit won’t be much use to you.
Instead if trying to carry around a lot of stuff that you don’t know how to use, you should focus on general items and on the things that you know how to use. Here is a list of some of the common items that most people know how to use that can be found in or added to a first aid kit that you might need in case of an emergency.
Perhaps the most fundamental things for any first aid kit are lots of bandages of every shape and size. This is one of the things that all first aid kits have in common, but they don’t always have the same kinds of bandages or the amounts that might be needed. Strip bandages, or band-aids, are the most common and are likely to be the most used. Gauze pads and rolls are also available in most first aid kits and are used for bigger cuts.
A triangular bandage also makes a great addition. They come folded in a small, compact size but unfold into a huge triangular sheet that has many uses such as a sling or a large wrap. A burn sheet can also come in handy if somebody gets burned. They are not woven so that they will not stick to the burned area. They can help protect the burned area and prevent infection.
Mole skin is a type of bandage that you put on areas that are getting raw due to things rubbing on your skin. The mole skin protects the skin from further damage such as blisters, and can help the area from getting infected.
Alcohol is an antiseptic that kills all of the germs and bacteria in a wound. This helps prevent infections and keeps things sterile if you can’t make them sterile by boiling them. In addition to alcohol you can also add iodine, or hydrogen peroxide to the first aid kit. Iodine and peroxide has the added benefit of making questionable water safe to drink.
* TWEEZERS AND SCISSORS
Also common items found in most first aid kits. The tweezers need to come to a point so that you can get the smaller sized splinters. You can also add a small magnifying glass to help you see the small splinters that you can not see with the naked eye. A thermometer is something else that can be very useful in a first aid kit.
* OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION
Things to include are aspirin, antibiotic wipes, antiseptic cream, sunburn lotion, heartburn pills, allergy pills, and any other over the counter pills that you use on a regular basis.
* EMERGENCY BLANKET
These are found in the camping section at all of the major stores. They are mylar blankets that are designed to keep you warm when you don't have any other way of staying warm. When they are folded up, they take up little space and weigh practically nothing. These are good at helping fight hypothermia and take up very little space when folded up.
* COLD AND HEAT PACKS
These are small packs that turn hot or cold when you break the inside and mix the ingredients inside the packs. They will stay hot or cold for a few hours providing some relief from pains and aches.
* SNAKE BITE KIT
A snake bite kit can save your life if you are ever bitten by a snake. Snakes can be found throughout most of the world, and having antivenom for every species that you are likely to run into is unpractical. Snake bite kits are small kits that will suck out the venom saving your life. Since they take up very little space, it makes sense to have one in your first aid kit.
These are the basic items that you should look for when you are looking for a first aid kit. If you already have a first aid kit, make sure that it has all of these items. You should also double-check any drugs that are in the kit and make sure that they have not expired.