MY SHTF FIRST AID KIT: WHEN SMALL CUTS BECOME A THREAT
When it comes to prepping, one of the most important areas to focus on is first aid. In a disaster or emergency situation, access to medical care may be limited or unavailable, making it crucial to have the necessary supplies and knowledge to treat injuries. While serious wounds and injuries are obvious priorities, it’s also important not to overlook smaller cuts and scrapes. In a post-SHTF (shit hits the fan) scenario, even a seemingly insignificant cut can become a serious threat if not properly treated. With that in mind, here’s my guide to building a comprehensive SHTF first aid kit that will ensure you’re prepared for any eventuality.
The Basics of First Aid
Before we dive into the specifics of building a SHTF first aid kit, let’s cover a few basic principles of first aid that everyone should be familiar with:
Stop the Bleeding:
– Apply direct pressure to the wound using a clean cloth or bandage.
– Elevate the injured area above the heart to help reduce blood flow.
– Use a tourniquet as a last resort if bleeding cannot be stopped by other means.
Clean and Protect the Wound:
– Rinse the wound with clean water to remove dirt and debris.
– Apply an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
– Cover the wound with a sterile dressing or bandage.
Treat for Shock:
– Lay the injured person down and raise their legs.
– Keep them warm with blankets or clothing.
– Do not give them anything to eat or drink.
Use the R.I.C.E Method for Injuries:
– Rest: Take the time to rest and avoid putting weight or pressure on the injured area.
– Ice: Apply ice or a cold pack to reduce swelling and pain.
– Compression: Use a compression bandage or wrap to support the injured area.
– Elevation: Raise the injured area above the heart to reduce swelling.
Now that we have covered the basics, let’s move on to building a SHTF first aid kit that will meet your needs in a survival situation.
Building Your SHTF First Aid Kit
– Adhesive bandages of various sizes
– Sterile gauze pads
– Medical tape
– Antiseptic wipes
– Disposable gloves
– Trauma shears
– Cotton swabs
– Safety pins
– CPR mask
– Instant cold packs
– Pain relievers (Ibuprofen, acetaminophen)
– Antihistamines (for allergic reactions)
– Anti-diarrheal medication
– Antiseptic solution (such as iodine or hydrogen peroxide)
– Sterile saline solution (for wound flushing)
– Antibiotic ointment
– Emergency blanket
– Burn gel or ointment
– Splinting materials (such as wooden sticks or pre-made splints)
– Medical-grade super glue (for closing small wounds)
– Adhesive sutures or butterfly closures (for closing larger wounds)
– Elastic bandages (for wrapping sprains or strains)
– Eye wash solution
– Oral rehydration salts (for dehydration)
– Water purification tablets
My 2 Cents
When it comes to first aid kits, it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. In a SHTF scenario, medical care may be limited or unavailable, so having the right supplies and knowledge can mean the difference between life and death. Remember to regularly check and restock your first aid kit, and consider taking a first aid and CPR course to further enhance your skills. Stay safe and be prepared!
Remember to prioritize treating any injuries, no matter how small they may seem. In a post-SHTF scenario, even a minor cut can quickly become infected and lead to serious complications. Additionally, be sure to clean and bandage wounds properly to prevent infection.