Survival First Aid Kit – 101
Whether your prepping for a hiking trip or planning for a full-on SHTF scenario one of the key items of gear to have ready is a Survival First Aid Kit.
There are many variables with regard to what to include in such a kit. A lot will depend on the event you are planning for. Having such a kit at your disposal can be the difference between life or death if things go wrong on a hiking expedition or disaster strikes.
The aim of this article is to run through some basic ideas and provide a starting point so you can create or perfect your own survival first aid kit.
Definition of a Survival First Aid Kit
Unlike your everyday regular first aid kits, a survival first aid kit needs to contain items that will help you survive in the aftermath of a major incident or disaster. This is because such an event could cause you or your family life-threatening injuries. A survival first aid kit needs to be balanced with regards to its size and its contents so that it is portable.
Do I Really Need a Survival First Aid Kit?
We all hope that major disasters, accidents, and incidents won’t ever happen to us. The truth is you can never be certain that they won’t. I don’t know about you but I would much rather be prepared for such a situation and never have to use my kit. The alternative is to be that person who is faced with a survival situation and wishes they had prepared for it.
Should I Buy a Survival First Aid Kit or Make my Own?
A quick online search will bring up many suppliers of First Aid Survival Kits and other prepping equipment. These Kits vary greatly with regards to their contents and cost along with the type of survival scenario they can help with.
You can create your own DIY Survival First Aid Kit which can often be more cost-effective and allows more flexibility over the items you choose to include.
Personally, I started by buying a reasonably priced kit that had the basics and have since added additional items over time. I also take the view that at home or back at base its a good idea to have a large selection of First Aid items that can form various types of kit that you can grab and go depending on your daily life and planned adventures.
What Should I Include in a Survival First Aid Kit?
Below is a basic list of items that you could include in your kit. As I mentioned earlier in this article, what you put in your own kit will depend on the event you are planning for and your personal and family preferences. The number of each individual item you include will depend on the number of people you are preparing for.
When building or buying your kit it’s important to remember that you are planning for emergency preparedness. Sit back and think about needs specific to you and your family. Remember to include important medication that you or a family member takes on a regular basis. A few examples of medical conditions are Blood pressure, Diabetes’s, Allergies and so on.
Basic Survival First Aid Kit Items to Include
- First aid instruction booklet
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
- Absorbent compress dressings
- Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- Adhesive cloth tape
- Antibiotic ointment packets
- Antiseptic wipe packets
- Paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin + personal medication
- Emergency Foil Blanket
- Breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- Instant cold compress
- Non-latex gloves
- Hydrocortisone ointment packets
- 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
- Sterile gauze pads
- Triangular bandages
- Eyewash kit
- Burn Gel
- Suture kit
- Medical grade super glue
It’s also a good idea to carry details of all family members medical history including a list of the specific medications they require. Depending on the survival situation you are in if the emergency services are able to reach you this will help them attend you quickly.
Everyone should have at the very least a basic survival kit so that in the event that disaster does strike you have given your self a fighting chance of survival. A survival first aid kit is an important part of your preparations for any sort of disaster or event.