Making sure that your family is safe no matter what is your main priority. Whether you’ve been following the news detailing a potential natural disaster, or just want to patch up a scraped knee, you’ll need to know what to include in your survival medical kits to help you do the job.
Getting the right container for survival medical kits is the first step. Choosing something that is very easy to carry, in case you have to rush out of the house quickly. The container also needs to be easy to find, and you should store it in a place where everyone in the family can reach if there’s an emergency. The kit needs to be clearly labeled so that it won’t get confused with other containers, and if you have younger children, you should explain to them that they are only to touch the kit when they are instructed to do so.
Bandages are some of the most important items in survival medical kits. You should have a variety of bandage sizes in the kit, so that you can cover small cuts with band-aids, or treat larger wounds with gauze. Adhesive medical tape is also necessary to keep the bigger bandages in place. But before you place a bandage over a wound, you’ll need to make sure that the cut or scrape is cleaned. Since you’re not always going to have soap and water available, you should include antibacterial creams and washes in your medical kit to remove germs and potential viruses from a wound before you bandage. If your kit is large enough, you can purchase a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to clean cuts and scrapes; you can find it at your grocery store for less than a dollar.
Make sure that you include common medications in your survival medical kits as well. Aspirin for headaches and body soreness is essential, and you should also include allergy medication and children’s pain relievers. If any member of your family has special health conditions that require different medications, an extra supply of these prescriptions should be included in the kit as well.
You’ll also need to make sure that your survival kit has a few medical tools in it as well. Small scissors to cut bandages to the right size, as well as tweezers for removing splinters should be included. You may also want to pack a few cold and hot packs to relieve muscle tension and soreness. Survival medical kits are for emergency situations, so don’t forget to pack a flashlight and extra batteries in the kit as well, in case you and your family have to be without electricity for a while.